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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!