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Baby Kale Health
Baby Kale Health

A Few Tips for Herbaceous Meals

Herbaceous

Pssst! Do you want to know the real deal trick, the absolute secret to great tasting food? Here it is…(at least one of the big tricks)…I’m spilling the beans right now! Wait for it…

Fresh HERBS, baby! That’s it. Done and done.

“But wait,” you might be thinking “…how do I use them? What do I do with them? Which ones go with my meal or dish? Why even eat them?”

Not only do fresh herbs add interest, complexity and beautiful flavor, they also add a huge nutritional punch. Fresh herbs hold just as much if not more nutritional value than all the different fruits and vegetables in the garden. Many contain high amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. “Ounce per ounce, there is as much nutrition, or more, in raw parsley as there is in lettuce. In fact, parsley has 33 times the amount of vitamin C, 16 times the amount of vitamin K, six times the amount of iron and four times the amount of calcium as lettuce.”*

Some herbs are even used for medicinal purposes. Essential oils from Basil, for example, have anti-infective properties that inhibit different types of bacteria, such as Staphylococcus, Enterococci, Shigella and Pseudomonas**.

Here are a variety of ways to add fresh herbs to your daily meals:

1. Add herbs to your raw vegetable or fruit salads.

2. Sprinkle chopped herbs over steamed or roasted vegetables right before serving.

3. Add herbs to your water, lemonade or tea! (Think Mint & Lime or Lemon, Basil & Strawberry or Blackberry, or even Lemon & Thyme) You can add them and leave them in your water, or strain them out.

4. Sprinkle them over soup before serving.

5. Top butter pasta or grain salads with herbs.

6. Mint goes great in a berry smoothie.

7. Make a compound butter.

8. Add herbs to your scrambled eggs or omelets.

9. Cilantro adds pure awesomeness to guacamole.

10. Herbs add zip to any sauce, dip or spread.


This should get you started with some HERBACIOUS ideas, and great tasting meals!

 

*http://health.heraldtribune.com/2014/09/02/nutritional-value-fresh-herbs/

**http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/basil-herb.html


Baby Kale Health
Baby Kale Health

Still Gettin' Minty!

Matcha Tea glass

We received almost 5 feet of snow at my house last weekend. That’s April in Colorado for ya! I’m actually relieved because this should put us in the forest fire safety zone for a little while. When you live in the middle of national forest land, snow and rain are one of the greatest blessings. However, I need some GREEN…lots of bright, grassy green in my life!

I’ve been craving green foods since March, but NOW, I’m downright obsessed with finding more green! Enter Matcha tea – the greenest of green tea. The color is so bright and springy, and yet the taste is so mellow and earthy.

My tea cabinet is always ridiculously full and an overflowing mess. I can’t help myself. I don’t drink coffee. I drink tea, and I’m addicted to trying all different kinds of teas. Green tea is my go-to in the afternoon, black tea is usually reserved for weekends so I can keep up with my girls, and I’ve even fallen in love with teaccino, which is actually chicory, or herbal coffee! And now Matcha tea, especially ICED Matcha tea has become a quick, refreshing favorite.

I love the benefits of all tea and Matcha tea, a concentrated form of green tea, is no schlump when it comes to providing health nutrients:

· It’s good clean energy, not the twitchy, nervous kind!

· Prevents and repairs UV damage to your skin.

· Enhances metabolism and weight loss

· Improves mood, concentration and memory

· High levels of chlorophyll naturally detoxify the body of toxins and heavy metals

· Combats aging

· Builds immunity, providing many essential vitamins and minerals

· Prevents cancer

That’s quite the list of reasons to incorporate some Matcha into your life! There are a few different ways to make Matcha, but my recent favorite is an Iced Matcha with Lime and Mint.

Step 1

Add 1 teaspoon Matcha to 1 cup filtered water. Add desired amount of ice. Shake. (I use a mason jar)

Step 2

Add a handful of fresh mint leaves (I rip them up to release essential oils). Add 2 slices of lime. Add sweetener like agave, honey or maple syrup to taste.

Step 3 (optional)

Strain mixture into a chilled glass with ice.

 

Can’t wait to enjoy one of these on my deck surrounded by more GREEN in...hmmm only about one month to go!


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