peppermint extract

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A Baking Staple, Reinvented
The potent punch of a flavored extract, such as almond or peppermint, isn't just for cookies and cakes. Los Angeles dietitian Marie Feldman RD, CDE, author of The Big Book of Diabetic Recipes, uses them year-round in smoothies (she puts almond extract in tropical-themed ones that feature banana or pineapple, while peppermint is great in a green smoothie that also includes cocoa powder). Just use a small amount, because a little goes a long way; about an eighth of a teaspoon is probably all you need for one blender's worth of smoothie ingredients.

What else it's good for: Mixing into oatmeal, homemade energy bars or hot chocolate.