The clean, fresh flavor of mint leaves can enhance a variety of dishes, both sweet and savory. These edible leaves are used for decoration in many different drinks and also on many dishes and party platters. Mint leaves contain zero fat, zero cholesterol and they are almost zero calories, which can help you lose weight.
Mint leaves are a natural herb that contains many vitamins and minerals. Peppermint leaves are the most common type of mint leaf, which are very high in vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, fiber, folate, magnesium, calcium, iron and potassium. Consuming mint leaves can help lower the levels of free radicals that can cause cell damage and can help decrease the risk of certain cancers and colon tumors. Peppermint leaves are known to help relax muscles and soothe your stomach and nerves. Mint leaves can help drain your sinuses and also help whiten your teeth.
Fresh mint leaves can be purchased year round in your grocery stores. Look for the leaves with a rich green color, without any yellow or dark spots. Wrap your mint leaves in a wet paper towel and store in a plastic bag in your refrigerator. You can also purchase the dried version of mint leaves as a dried herb, a spice and as forskolin extract. But does forskolin work? Let’s learn more about how this mint extract can help you feel better AND lose some weight.
Mint leaves add terrific flavor to many cold drinks and can even be used to make mint flavored ice cubes! Simply add a mint leaf to your ice cube trays with water and freeze. Add these ice cubes to your fresh glass of water and not only will the leaves add variety and color, but also a wonderful scent of fresh mint.
Let’s get our taste buds up and rolling first thing in the morning…add mint leaves to your egg omelet along with chopped tomato, onion and a small amount of low fat cheese. Serve a bowl of fresh fruit on the side and your will have a perfect start to your day.
Give your fruit and garden salad an extra burst of flavor by adding mint leaves. A chilled gazpacho soup is a refreshing treat your guests will enjoy. Toss a few chopped mint leaves in for added flavor. Try a low fat salad dressing using chopped mint leaves, vinegar, lemon juice and a very small amount of light olive oil.
For a low fat mint sauce, just add chopped mint leaves with low fat plain yogurt. Warm slightly and pour over lean meat, seafood or poultry.
Mint leaves add delicious flavor to vegetable soups and stews, plus a few chopped mint leaves mixed in with couscous, millet and quinoa is a tasty way to get the nutritional benefits of mint leaves.
Do you want to give your stir fry vegetables an added kick? Simply mix in a few chopped mint leaves. You can also add a few mint leaves to your water if you prefer to boil your vegetables.
Have fun and experiment with mint leaves. These leaves will add excitement as a decoration, breath freshener and as a new weight loss new power food.
Mint Nutritional Information
- Calories: 2 tablespoons fresh peppermint leaves, 1 calorie
- Protein: .06 g
- Fiber: .13 g
- Sugars: 0
- Vitamin C: .51 mg
- Calcium: 3.89 mg
- Cholesterol: 0
- Potassium: 9.10 mg
- Sodium: .50 mg
- Saturated Fat: 0