Simply put, herbs are medicine. Virtually all herbs have positive medicinal effects — some aid digestion and nutrient absorption, while others have antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer properties. To put their protective and tasty benefits to work for you, use more spices and herbs at every opportunity. There are several ways to incorporate more herbs into your diet, including:
Spice up your morning beverage of choice!
Spices like cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, cayenne or peppermint are always a great addition to any morning beverage of choice – whether it be juice, golden milk, tea or coffee! A little can go a long way for flavor and health, alike.
Enhance your morning eggs or tofu scramble
Breakfast is a great time to add a medicinal touch into your day. Adding spices like dill, cumin, black pepper, red pepper, paprika, oregano, parsley, garlic or dill to a classic breakfast egg dish or tofu scramble is a great option!
Gently spice up your healthy dips
If you frequently snack on healthy dips like guacamole, babaganoush, and pesto – sneaking in extra spice is a great way to up your intake. If you’re keen on heat, then you can’t go wrong by adding paprika, chile powder, or cayenne. Other spices for thought include: chives, dill, garlic, sumac, or caraway seeds. For some mouth-watering healthy dip ideas check out Health Coach Tip – Healthy Salty Snacks.
Amplify the nutrition of your smoothies
To level-up your go-to smoothie, don’t be shy with herbs. Some great herbal additions include: basil, parsley, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, peppermint and cilantro.
Add spices to your healthy baking
Baking with spices goes far beyond the classic and beneficial additions of cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, ginger, and nutmeg. You can also add in saffron, cloves, star anise, cardamom, lavender, rose, coriander and mahleb.
Roast your veggies and meats with spices
Get outside of your comfort zone! It’s true that oregano, thyme, rosemary, basil, cumin, coriander, ginger, curry, paprika, red pepper, garlic and parsley are wonderful in roasts. However, dill, sumac, lemongrass, cinnamon, nutmeg and even cloves are also a tasty but lesser-thought-of add!
Top your soups and salads with extra spice
Similarly, these spices all go great mixed in soups and salads, or even as a soup topper. Also think: allspice, bay leaf, sage and fennel.
If you overlook spices in your life but want to reap their benefits, use these ideas as a guide!