Do you cook with herbs? If you answered "no," what prevents you from adding dried or fresh herbs to your meals? Our standard American diet consists of mostly processed foods. These foods are not nutritious and are mostly causing our epidemic of poor health, which is subsequently increasing our major and minor health risks. In the evolution of this diet, balancing meals has become confusing and making nutritionally dense meals has become more challenging. As a Health Coach I find that most are not eating nutritionally dense meals. Nutritional density provides energy, a variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more that not only arm our immune system, but are essential components of the body's biological processes. These processes are crucial or health declines. Adding herbs, and any green, to a meal is an easy way to give a meal a healthy boost. Plants have been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history. Herbal medicine is becoming more mainstream. Slowing Americans are returning to eating real food, balancing meals, and combining foods for nutritional density.
Basil is so fragrant and versatile. Add raw basil to everything: water, salads, sandwiches, soups (end of cooking), cocktails, desserts, smoothies, fresh pressed juices. Sprinkle basil on any meal. Basil is considered one of the healthiest herbs, boasting an impressive list of nutrients such as vitamins K, A, C, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium. Basil also contains antibacterial properties. Basil will help reduce your health risks.
Basil is stored best at room temperature for 2-4 days. Trim the stems and place in a glass of water, careful to not submerge the leaves. Cover loosely with a plastic bag and place out of sunlight. Basil can also be dried and stored with your spices.
Preparing basil is easy. Remove the leaves from the stem, spray with a vegetable wash, gently rub the leaves, rinse in cool water and pat gently dry. Enjoy! Please click on the button below for recipes.
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-Dawn Swope, CHHC, AADP