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My Favorite Ingredient of the Moment…

February 2, 2011

Stretching for the light, just like we all do! I saw this adorable little guy last weekend here in LA...

Taken this evening, as I was preparing some collard green wraps.

Hey Loves!

I hope you are having a wonderful week so far and Happy February! I may be a bit impartial, but February is one of my favorite months. Actually it is my b-day month. 🙂 I love it all! That plus Valentine’s Day… it’s a month full of extra LOVE!

Some girls have a product obsession of the moment- and well, yes I have those too. But seeing as I’m a nutritionist and working with and preparing food for clients on a daily basis, I of course naturally have my favorite ingredient obsessions of the moment as well! Right now it is… da da da daaaaaaa….. Mint! Yes,  beautiful, fresh, bright mint!

Mint is widely recognized as an herb to sooth the digestive tract, and helps ease irritable bowel syndrome and stomach aches. Mint is great for digestion in general as its aroma activates our salivary glands to secrete digestive enzymes, thereby facilitating digestion. Its sent also helps with headaches and nausea.

Mint also has wonderful anti-fungal properties and help balance inner mycotoxins which can aggravate asthma and various allergies. It helps open up congestion through the respiratory tract, while cooling and soothing at the same time. Mint contains a potent phytonutrient called perillyl alcohol, which has been shown to have anti-cancer benefits in lab studies.

Lastly, I will point out that mint is yet another beauty herb, as its properties extend to cleansing the blood, thereby helping to cleanse the skin internally, which helps to fight acne. Annoying and unsightly zits be gone!!

What to do with mint? Here are a few of my favorite ways to bring it into our diets:

1.     Make fresh mint tea, sweet Egyptian-style! Check out my blog on it HERE.

2.     Incorporate fresh mint leaves into collard green wraps.

3.     Add a bit of fresh mint, well chopped, into salads.

Simple, but easy! It’s another wonderful plant food to add to our repertoire!

See you soon.

I send my love. 🙂

Kimberly

Hiking last weekend!

 

5 comments

  1. Great blog, I’m glad to have stumbled across your very informative health blog. Keep up the great work!


  2. Hi beautiful KImberly!

    Thank you so much for this blog! I read it all the time and it´s brilliant. And you look absolutaly beautiful and glowing with life! 🙂
    You are such an inspirational souce!

    A time ago I quit smoking and start living the raw food style. I also drink your green drink every day. It´s the best thing I´ve ever done. I feel more beautiful and full and full of energy!

    But I have one dilema. I´ve always been very thin, and at the moment I´m a little bit under my normal weight, and feel a little bit too skinny.
    People say that I don´t gain weight because I eat TOO healthy! They think I sould eat fried food and whipped cream. But I don´t like those unhealthy stuff.
    Problem is I eat a lot, I have a big appetite, but again the healthy food I eat doesn´t help me to gain a normal weight.

    What do you recomand for me to eat to gain weight but at the same time is healthy food?
    If you could recomand some food…
    I would be so happy and thankful if you could help me!

    Kiss and love/ Claudia


  3. I love your ingredient posts- very informative! Going to incorporate more mint into my diet (in non-mojito form!)


  4. Kim, I love your blog! So much helpful info and great tips. I LOVE my Vitamix btw!! I am about 5 months pregnant and wondering if you have any pregnancy specific tips, tricks, or recipes. Thanks so much!


  5. Hi Kim, I love mint too! When I was a teenager and had a huge skin eruption, I would make some pure peppermint tea and hold the warm bag over the effected area until it was tingly cold. Sometimes I would rewarm the bag and do it again. Then drink the tea and go to bed. By morning the eruption would be gone or just a light pink memory.



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