Herbs 101

nina | September 28th, 2011 - 9:01 am

Not only do herbs and spices provide flavor for very few calories, but they’re also nutritional powerhouses.  Here are some super-popular picks and recipe suggestions.

BASIL.  Did you know that fresh basil flavonoids could protect your cells and chromos0mes from radiation and other damage?  Plus Basil packs in heart-healthy beta-carotene and is an excellent source of vitamin K. 

Use it in:  Pizza or a simple Pesto Sauce.

PARSLEY.  Parsley isn’t just a garnish!  Parsley is great, not only for brightening up the look of a meal, but also for adding a punch of fresh flavor.   It’s a great source of vitamins A, C & K. 

Use it in:  Your mother’s famous potato salad or spaghetti.

CILANTRO.  Cilantro has benefits besides making salsa and guacamole taste amazing.  It can help to control blood sugar and cholesterol, plus it contains, iron, magnesium & fiber. 

Use it in:  Chicken Fajitas & mexican rice.

GARLIC:  Garlic packs some serious benefits — anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properites.  Basically if you’re feeling lousy, have some garlic.  Garlic also can lower cholesterol and potentially regulate the production of fat cells.

Use it in: Your favorite chicken, beef or pork dish.

CINNAMON.  One of the most frequently used spices.  Consuming cinnamon could help balance your blood sugar, which could ward off hunger pangs, mood swings, and other no-fun side effects.  The mere smell of cinnamon has been shown to boost brain function!

Use it in:  Hot beverages, breads and cakes.

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