Spark your food!

We all agree that fresh herbs & spices are great to enhance and balance the flavor of a dish!  Fresh herbs & spices are as essential as fruits and vegetables in our daily diet. Do you know that they are packed with tons of naturally occuring antioxidants and flavor! Surprised to believe that 4g of cilantro has 2% daily value of Vitamin C and 5% daily value of Vitamin A!

A little bit of fresh herbs & spice goes a long way in a recipe. Their bright and refreshing taste liven up the dish with just a sprinkle on top!

Herbs & Spices Health Benefits
Cilantro

 

Cilantro has a unique flavor and aroma. It is commonly referred to as Spanish or Chinese parsley. It contains 2% daily value of Vitamin C and 5% daily value of Vitamin A. Cilantro also contains vitamin K, required for blood clottinga and folate, potassium, manganese, and choline and antioxidants beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin. Cilantro with high antioxidant capacity, when added to food, delays and prevents spoilage by inhibiting the unwanted oxidation processes. It also has an antibacterial effect.Adding tender cilantro leaves to the food, help cut down the sodium intake. Unable to believe? Yes, the aroma of the cilantro leaves will tempt anyone to enjoy the food even if it less in sugar & salt!cilantro dishTry Cilantro spicy yogurt dip with tandoori chicken!
Mint

 

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Mint, also know as mentha and has great health benefits. Rosmarinc acid, an antioxidant is highly effective in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms. The menthol in mint is a natural decongestant that helps break phlegm and mucus. It is generally considered calming and soothing herb, for it aids with upset stomach and indigestion! It also ease the digestion with gentle bile flow through the stomach.Adding tender mint leaves to your dish and beverage is an excellent way to add flavor without adding more sugar or sodium.2014-09-29 16.43.23

Try mint limeade by mixing chopped mint leaves to lime juice with a dash of honey

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Garlic

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Garlic , Allium sativum, another herb widely used all over world, to add flavor to the food. Garlic is used to treat respiratory problems, parasites, and poor digestion.  Allicin in raw garlic, once crushed is converted to organo-sulfur compounds which act as anti-clotting agents, that help prevent cardiovascular disease. Allicin also found to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal activities. Selenium, a heart-healthy mineral is an important part of antioxidant enzymes, that increase the antioxidant strength of this wonderful, cute, herb.Broccolini with garlic, a simple side dish with bursting flavor!
Ginger, a popular spice & herb!

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Ginger aids in relaxing and soothing the intestinal tract. Fresh ginger just before lunch could fire up the digestive juices. It has an anti-vomiting and anti-inflammatory actions. The gingerol in the ginger helps to inhibit the growth of human colo-rectal and ovarian cancer cells.Ginger is highly concentrated with active substances in just half an inch slice of it. Grate in some ginger root to your carrot or lemon juice to taste great!Chicken with ginger sauce is one of my favorite dish, too!2013-10-07 18.42.38
Basil, the King of Herbs!

 

 

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Basil is derived from Greek word “Basileus,” means “King!”Basil is rich in Vitamin A, K, C, and mangesium, iron, potassium and calcium.It is rich in polyphenols like flavonoids, and anthocyanins. Basil is more helpful in reducing the inflammation and swelling and is highly anti-aging too. Basil is highly effective in killing the harmful molecules and preventing damage created by free radicals in the liver, brain and heart. Beta-caryophyllene in basil help treat arthritis and other inflammatory bowel diseases.Stir-fried chicken with Thai holy basil is one of my favorite dishes! Thai basil has a wonderful aroma!