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More Fresh Herbs, Less Salt

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Fresh herbs are a fantastic way to add flavor, color, and nutrition to any dish. H3’s Registered Dietician, Lindsay Martin describes fresh herbs as mini vegetables.  Herbs are full of vitamins and minerals too!  With the addition of fresh herbs you will be boosting flavor in each dish; therefore you can skip adding too much salt.  Substituting additional sodium for vitamins and minerals sounds like a good plan to me!

Enjoy the wellness boosting benefits of fresh herbs by incorporating them into your meal plan.

  • Basil, a common ingredient in many Italian dishes, is a top-notch source of vitamin K, iron, calcium, and vitamin A. Incorporate basil into your diet by trying the H3 Pesto or H3 Heirloom Tomato and Fontina Frittata.
  • Parsley is loaded with carotenoids and powerful antioxidants. In fact, fresh parsley has almost twice the carotenoid content of carrots.  Parsley is also high in Vitamin K and Vitamin C, another antioxidant that also helps wounds heal and aids immunity. Try adding parsley to sauces and salads to add a fresh surprise to each bite.  H3’s Pork Tenderloin Burger or Macadamia Nut Crusted Fish with Mango Chutney are great recipes to start with.
  • Cilantro is my favorite fresh herb! Cilantro is bright in flavor and full of nutrients. Enjoy cilantro in avocado salsa, turkey burgers, or H3’s Thai pineapple and cashew fried rice.

Late August is a very appropriate time to celebrate fresh herbs. The harvests of garden herbs are at their peak. Check out your local farmer’s market to find fresh and local herbs.

To store fresh herbs, lightly wrap the herbs in a dry paper cloth inside of a sealed plastic bag.

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