Food for Your Mood: Mint
Feeling some type of way? Mother Nature's medicine cabinet has you covered.
Two words. AUNT. FLO.
Headaches, cramps, bloating; peppermint combats it ALL. The leafy green is a natural muscle spasm suppressant (or antispasmodic). It also has numbing properties which can dull your pain naturally. So, peppermint is your one-stop-shop for wellness during that time of the month.
For best results, I recommend starting to make use of peppermint a day or so prior to when your cycle usually starts.
GET IT QUICK
Peppermint essential oil [Rub on your temples, stomach or wherever you feel pain. Only use a small amount; the stuff is STRONG!] Comes in a small container so it's easy to carry around and travel with!
Drink it as tea. I love Teavana's Moroccan Mint.
In a pinch, have a piece of peppermint candy.
GET IN THE KITCHEN
I'm super excited to try this simple and delicious-looking Paleo Thai Mint Chicken Recipe from Sweet C's Designs.
Paleo Thai Mint Chicken
2 6 oz chicken breasts, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 spaghetti squash (about 2 cups), cooked
1 tbsp garlic, diced
1 tsp (about 1 fresh stem) of mint
1 tsp liquid aminos or clean asian dressing
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1. Heat pan on high until hot.
2. Add 1 drop olive oil and swirl around pan. This is just to add a tiny amount of oil, without adding calories.
3. Add chicken, toss frequently to prevent sticking and let it brown evenly- about 6 minutes.
4. When chicken has browned on all sides, add peppers and brown- about 5 minutes.
5. Add spaghetti squash, seasonings, coconut aminos or dressing and mint.
6. Cook for 3 minutes, until food has a chance to absorb all spices and get a little more brown.
7. Plate and enjoy! ½ recipe is one serving.