Tasty Herbs: Enhancing Your Dinner + Your Health
Sage: Relieve your stress by sprinkling a little sage on your organic fish, beef or chicken tonight. Add a bit to your brown rice too. Not only does it have a soft, sweet flavor but it may help to calm you down. According to the Journal of Physiology & Behavior, sage has antioxidant properties that calm the body and relieve stress by producing acetylcholine which controls mood and alertness.
Mint: If you’re trying to shed a few extra pounds, a study out of West Virginia found that people who sniffed mint every 2 hours ate 23% fewer calories than those that didn’t. Stash some sugar-free mints or mint flavored gum in your bag and pop one every couple of hours between meals. You’ll be minty fresh and snack-attack free! Or better yet sip some peppermint tea or even chew on fresh mint leaves after your meal. The minty flavor sends an ‘I’m done’ message to your brain and helps curb your desire for dessert.
When tomatoes are in season, we recommend two anti-oxidant packed herbs to enhance the flavor and health of your tomato dishes. Dried parsley and oregano offer as high a level of antioxidants on the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) scale as several of our go-to antioxidant power houses. One teaspoon of dried oregano scores 3602 on the ORAC scale, more than ½ cup of blueberries and 1 cup of brewed green tea. 1 teaspoon of dried parsley scores 1869, more than ½ cup asparagus or red grapes. Try these suggestions from HealthCastle.com on how to use them:
Oregano: Tomato sauce, salads, and pizza come to life when a dash of oregano is added. This Mediterranean herb can also be added to lemon-olive oil sauce, which goes well with grilled meat and fish dishes.
Parsley: This versatile herb can be added to everything! It may be used in pesto sauce to enhance the green color, or sprinkled on egg dishes, soups, pasta, tomato sauces, and potatoes. Meats benefit from a flavor boost when rubbed with a mixture of parsley, garlic, and lemon zest. A touch of Parsley goes great on almost any dish.