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When soaring summer temperatures reach their peak, we reach for refreshing treats — like juice, fruit salad and popsicles. But the refreshing superstar we should be reaching for? Mint.
Not only does mint boast a fresh flavour with a cool aftertaste, but it also makes a seriously healthy addition to our diet. This handy herb has the ability to keep us feeling in tip-top shape so our fun summer plans can go on uninterrupted.
The herb is particularly well-known for its ability to promote digestion, which makes it an ideal inclusion in appetizers and post-meal teas. This easy-to-grow herb (mint thrives with a little morning sun and plenty of H2O) also offers relief from nausea, fatigue and headaches. So, if you’re a frequent traveler (heading on any road trips this summer?) and encounter these setbacks, pack a mint-infused treat with you.
And that's not all mint's good for. Feel a cold coming on thanks to your too-air-conditioned office? Prone to post-cottage Monday blues? Mint has been shown to also clear nasal congestion, act as a germicide and help with depression.
So, ready to incorporate this plant powerhouse into your diet? Of course, you are. We’ve collected five amazing mint-focused recipes to show you how easy it is to add this herb to your own repertoire of drinks, sauces, and meals this summer.
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The best way to enjoy mint in the summer has to be in a cocktail — in particular, a mojito. This version is made with rye and blueberries for a Canadian twist.
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This recipe was created to be enjoyed after the myriad of feasts and parade of sweets we meet during the holidays. It helps with digestion (thanks, mint!) and is light and refreshing and not too sweet. Aside from the mint, this smoothie is packed with healthful goodies like pomegranate seeds, Greek yogurt and clementines. If you want to make this chilled treat even healthier, top it with a handful of spinach or kale.
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This Tropical Mint Oatmeal boasts the refreshing zing of mint, which will help you feel more alert in the morning. Prep the overnight oats up to four days in advance, and in the morning, simply add coconut milk, chopped mango, macadamia nuts and of course, mint for a truly an energizing, summery treat.
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We’re certain this pasta recipe is just what you want in a summer dish. Peas, chicken, and feta cheese partner with fragrant mint for a simple, seasonal main or side that’s loaded with flavourful goodness.