Herbs You Need to Use

6 Herbs You Need to Use in the Kitchen

6 Herbs You Need to Use in The Kitchen 

I buy and use fresh herbs weekly. Not only do they add extra flavor to your food, but they are good for you as well. Fresh herbs are rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and have many anti-inflammatory properties. Herbs don’t add any calories or fat to your food, so you can eat them guilt free. Today I’m sharing 6 Herbs You Need to Use in The Kitchen

6 Herbs You Need to Use in the Kitchen

 

  • Basil – Basil is often used in many Italian dishes. It’s rich in antioxidants, has been known to have anti-aging properties, and reduces inflammation and swelling. Basil is also known as a heart healthy food, being rich in Vitamin A it reduces cholesterol preventing heart attacks and stroke.
  • Cilantro – I could eat Cilantro on everything! It has a really fresh flavor and just makes food taste delicious. I most often use it in Mexican and Indian dishes. Most people don’t know that Cilantro has detoxifying properties. It helps to remove heavy metals from the body. Cilantro is also a powerful digestive aid, and can help ease many stomach ailments.
  • Mint – I most often use mint in tea or lemonade, but it’s good used in some meat dishes as well. Mint is a great digestive aid as well, and can ward off upset stomach and nausea. It’s been known to help ease headaches, asthma, congestion, and even help promote weight loss. 
  • Parsley – Parsley is most used as a garnish in foods to add some color, but it actually has a use. Parsley is high in vitamin C and helpful in boosting the immune system to fight common colds and infections. It’s also a good source of folic acid and helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. 
  • Thyme  – I love to use thyme in pasta sauces, on fish, and beef. It’s highly aromatic and has an earthy flavor. If you are ever plagued with a cough, make some thyme tea. Thyme can help alleviate cough, sore throat, and bronchitis. 
  • Rosemary – I often use Rosemary in conjunction with Thyme when I cook. I most often use it together in Pot Roast. Rosemary boosts the immune system, helps to improve memory, and circulation of blood. It’s also a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B6.

It’s easy to incorporate fresh herbs into every meal. Chop them up and add them to omelets, salad, and infuse them into your dinners. Do you regularly use any of the herbs I listed here? What are some of your favorite ways to use fresh herbs?

Ashley 

 

8 Comments

  1. Bernetta

    April 30, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I use Mint in my water, and get Cilantro on my veggie quesadilla when I got to Moes! But I really need to get with the program and start cooking with these more often!! Thanks for the reminder!

    • Ashley

      April 30, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      You’re welcome, Bernetta! Fresh herbs just make food taste better 🙂

  2. Kirsten

    April 30, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I really need to start using fresh herbs. Great info I am going to share it with my Journey to a Healthy Lifestyle Community on Google+

    • Ashley

      April 30, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      They are really good Kirsten. Thanks so much!

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  5. Umm Khaliyl

    June 7, 2014 at 1:24 am

    I use these herbs all the time but I think the problem is not using them fresh. I buy them as seasonings and not out of the veggie aisle

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