It’s no secret that one of our main goals is to boost our client’s nutrition by helping them up their game in the veggie department. But did you know that fresh herbs can be included in this venture? That’s because in addition to adding flavor to our dishes, herbs contain unique anti-oxidants, essential oils, vitamins, phyto-sterols and many other nutritive substances which help equip our body to fight against germs and toxins and boost our immunity.

You can find fresh herbs at most supermarkets now, but if you are so inclined it can be fun (and economical) to set up a few pots of herbs in your kitchen or back porch. Some of our favorites include rosemary, dill, cilantro, mint, chives, basil, thyme, parsley and sage.

Having trouble getting started? Here are 4 solutions to your most common herb obstacles (or “herbstacles” lol):

1. My herbs always wither away and get old too quickly. Take a mason jar or a glass and fill it about a quarter of the way with water. Place herbs standing up in the jar with the bottoms of the stems in the water. Cover them gently (not sealed tightly) with a plastic bag.
2. I want to grow my own herbs but I’m not sure how get started. UseTHIS great starter kit from Amazon!
3. It’s too much of a pain to take the herbs off their stems! First of all, you CAN eat the stems which also deliver on nutrition. Alternatively, try using this very simple kitchen gadget which “de-stems” herbs and even greens like kale with ease.
4. I buy fresh herbs with all good intentions and then they sit in my fridge and never get used. I don’t really know what to do with themHere are a few ideas . . . blend parsley or cilantro into a homemade salad dressing or green smoothie, toss fresh mint into your next salad, puree basil into pesto, mince and toss dill or chives into potato or tuna salad.

 

Need specifics? Enjoy these two simple and delicious recipes below featuring fresh basil and mint.

Walnut Basil Pesto
You won’t miss the parmesan in this dairy-free version that is rich with anti-inflammatory olive oil and garlic, omega-3 walnuts, and yummy basil (vit K, A, C, antioxidants).

  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Process the walnuts, basil, and garlic together until finely minced. Slowly add olive oil, then lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Use as a dip or to mix with veggies, chicken, fish, grains, or whatever strikes your fancy.

Mint Melon Smoothie
Add your choice of protein powder and a tablespoon of almond butter to make this a rounded breakfast or drink up “as is” before a workout or as an afternoon snack.

  • 1 cup dairy free milk or coconut water
  • 1 cup diced melon
  • ½ cup frozen cherries
  • 1 cup Romaine, chopped
  • ½ cup diced cucumber
  • 6-7 fresh mint leaves
Blend until smooth and creamy.

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