Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Livin' Lean Topic Tuesday: Why I LOVE Herbs and Spices
A very popular herb that is currently in season, and will be until September, is basil. In just two tablespoons of chopped basil, you will find more than a quarter of your Daily Value for vitamin K, A and C; as well as iron and calcium. Studies can even support that basil is able to aide in the reduction of inflammation and the growth of bacteria. Don't know what to do with the extra fresh basil you buy? Wach, de-stem and dry it. Then, chop it in a food processor with a minimal amount of olive oil. Press this into an ice tray and freeze. These will keep for several months.
Whether fresh or dried, these spices and herbs are a healthy way to add flavor and nutrients to your dishes. The next time you reach for the butter, bacon or salt...take a peek at your spice rack. You will find all you need and more.
~Image taken from www.rachaelray.com.