I love herbs! And no, not the kind you may be thinking of.
Herbs are one of the easiest AND tastiest ways to add flavor to food while also promoting good health. Different herbs provide different health benefits, so here’s a quick run-down of what does what.
Turmeric has long been known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. Its powerful medicinal benefits help alleviate arthritis, joint pain, and swelling. Turmeric also invigorates the blood and flushes toxins out of the liver, which boost fat metabolism and aide in cancer prevention.
Add turmeric to sautéed vegetables, scrambled eggs, and curry dishes. Or just throw some into your daily smoothie!
Parsley is a fantastic source of Vitamin K, which helps strengthens our bones. Parsley also protects the body from cancer by reducing inflammation and boosting the immune system. It’s also high in Vitamin C and A.
Add parsley to eggs, salads, fish, sautéed vegetables, soups, and sauces. Pretty much anywhere!
Ginger is LOADED with antioxidants and enzymes which reduce swelling, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, and improve arthritis. Oh, and it also stimulates digestion and settle upset stomachs.
Add ginger to soups, fish dishes, and vegetables, as well as fresh juices and smoothies.
Cinnamon not only helps sweeten foods, it also stabilizes blood sugar and reduces the risk of heart disease. The high concentration of antioxidants lowers inflammation in the body, which protects the body from heart disease, hypertension, and colon cancer.
Add cinnamon to oats, fruit, and smoothies.
Garlic helps reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure while boosting the immune system and helping the body ward off bacteria and infections. Ginger also protect the brain and liver cells from degenerating.
Add garlic to vegetables, soups, sauces, and hummus.
Obviously there are TONS of other herbs and spices to play around with. These 5 are just a few to get you started as you begin to incorporate herbs into your cooking arsenal. Adding herbs instead of saturated fat or refined sugar is one of the best ways to promote delicious flavor while preventing illness and disease.