The Benefits of Herbs is very huge. The way you flavour your food can make a significant difference to your energy and vitality. Supermarkets aisles are full of easy to prepare flavour sachets, jars of sauces, bottles of marinades and condiments. Most of which are energy depleting foods as they contain so much ‘junk’ and so little nutrition they take energy away from your body as you digest them.
As well as adding a boost of flavour to your meals, herbs and spices have fantastic health benefits. In fact fresh herbs are some of the most antioxidant rich foods available to us!
Antioxidants help to ‘mop up’ free radicals in our body, preventing premature ageing. Free radicals can be thought of as the ‘exhaust fumes’ of our bodies and are increased with exposure to toxins such as cigarette smoke, pollution and household chemicals, as well as stress. They are associated with many diseases including cancer, alzheimer’s and heart disease.
Antioxidants are found in all fresh fruits and vegetables, and in even more concentrated doses in fresh herbs.
Here are some tips to help you increase your culinary herb intake:
- Use fresh herbs to flavour your meals instead of pre made sauces, marinades and dressings.
- Use herbs that are in season for optimal flavour.
- Start growing some of your favourite herbs at home, you will save money and because they are so fresh they will have much more flavour.
- Buy your herbs in season from the farmers markets rather than out of the plastic packets in the supermarket.
- Make your own dips, pestos, dressings and sauces with bunches of fresh herbs.
- Add herbs such as parsley, mint or basil to your salads for a punch of flavour.
- Add corriander and parsley, the most detoxifying herbs to your smoothies and fresh green juices for added health benefits.
Have fun experimenting with different herbs in your cooking, try basil, parsley, corriander, thyme, dill, chervil, rosemary, mint and oregano. Enjoy the various health benefits of Herbs.