In the world of health research, randomized controlled trials have repeatedly shown the ability of peppermint oil to relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, including indigestion, dyspepsia, and colonic muscle spasms. These healing properties of peppermint are apparently related to its smooth muscle relaxing ability.
Interest in peppermint has extended well beyond the digestive tract, however. Perillyl alcohol is a phytonutrient called a monoterpene, and it is plentiful in peppermint oil. In animal studies, this phytonutrient has been shown to stop the growth of pancreatic, mammary, and liver tumors. It has also been shown to protect against cancer formation in the colon, skin, and lungs. In addition, mint has been shown to have anti-microbial properties and also shown to help alleviate asthma.
Avocado Mint Smoothie Serving Size: 2-3 glassesCalories per serving: 335Fat per serving: 32.1gms This simple, smooth and totally refreshing smoothie is a great way to get those natural and beneficial monounsaturated fats into your body. Known to contain high levels of vitamin E, folate, potassium and fiber, this fruit can do wonders for your skin, Continue Reading
Steamed Fish Wrapped in Banana Leaf Serving Size: 6Calories per serving: 103Fat per serving: 1.9gms This dish is a Parsi favorite and super popular among folks who have lived in Mumbai, India, where it's also known as 'Patra Fish' (Patra being the banana leaves). It's light, fresh and full of aromas of cilantro and mint. Continue Reading
Bollywood Chutney Sandwich Serving Size: 4Calories per serving: 159Fat per serving: 2.9gms I've grown up on these delicious and healthy sandwiches and they are often served in school cafeterias and movie theatres in India. Not only are they super easy to make if you have the Mint Cilantro Chutney ready beforehand, but they're also very Continue Reading
Mint Cilantro Chutney Serving Size: 8Calories per serving: 10Fat per serving: 0.1gms A staple in my grandmother's, mother's and my fridge, this Mint Cilantro Chutney is evergreen (no pun intended) and super versatile. It can be used as a spread or as a dip or even made thinner into a delicious gravy. Make it ahead Continue Reading