Healthy food can sometimes feel a bit boring and bland, especially if you have been sticking to a chicken a rice diet for awhile. Healthy food spans WAY beyond simple and easy meals. Healthy foods, in fact, can punch a lot of flavor in every bite. However, people oftentimes skip over herbs and try to add as many leafy greens into their diet as possible. Leafy greens are definitely not worth skipping but just by adding just one herb you can take your meal from bland to ‘flavortown’. (Thanks, Guy Fieri!)
Herbs kick up the flavor, require a small amount, pretty cheap in the long run, and are packed with nutrients like Vitamin A, C, K, folate, and fiber.
The most common type of basil used is Italian basil. It is sweet and goes perfectly with fruit or avocado toast. Thai basil is more savory, has hints of licorice and spice, and can be the perfect match with some spicy chicken or veggies.
This one is the most underrated in my book. If you like chives, I suggest you try some dill. Dill is a bit sweeter and has notes of citrus. It is also a good source of calcium and iron. It adds a nice flavor to salads, dressings, and seafood like – salmon or tuna. Or even try throwing some on top of your eggs or next time you make a frittata. I could really go on and on here about ways to try and incorporate dill into your life – ha.
Have you even heard of this guy before? It is a member of the oregano family. It has a slightly sweet and floral taste that goes well with warm and comforting dishes. Try tossing it with your veggies to roast or great a marinade out of it to let you chicken soak in before putting on the grill.
Of course, there are the classics like basil, garlic salt, parsley, S&P and cilantro that you should always keep in arms reach. You know what they say… an herb a day saves… well you get it.
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