- Fresh mint is an herb which helps our digestive system by relaxing the various muscles and can help reduce bloating
- Mind provides an essential oil which can be extracted and used to relieve tension related headaches and soothe irritated skin.
- Mint tea has a refreshing aroma which makes it “an energy booster”, great for students or people in the workplace.
- Peppermint tea can help relieve nasal congestion by clearing the passages of mucus.
Fun Fact #1 The Ancient Romans believed that eating would increase intelligence.
Fun Fact #2 One drum of mint oil weighs about 400 pounds, and can flavor about five million sticks of gum or 400,000 tubes of toothpaste.
Try this recipe!
Herb-Crusted Halibut with Zucchini and Whole Wheat Couscous
Here’s what you need…
- 6 scallions, chopped
- 1 cup packed fresh cilantro
- ½ cup packed fresh mint
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon chopped, peeled fresh ginger
- ¾ teaspoon ground coriander
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 zucchini, cut into spears
- 4 skinless fillets firm white fish
- 1 cup dry whole-wheat couscous
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Throw the scallions, cilantro, mint, oil, ginger, coriander and ½ teaspoon salt into a food processor and pulse until a coarse paste forms. Season with pepper.
- Toss zucchini with 3 tablespoons herb paste in a bowl. Spread onto a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 5 minutes.
- Rub remaining herb paste onto both sides of fish fillets. Push zucchini to edges of baking sheet, and arrange fish in center, leaving about ½ inch between each fillet. Roast until fish is opaque and semi-firm to the touch, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare directions. Serve fish and zucchini over couscous.
Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 354 calories, 10g fat, 29g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, and 32g protein.