Herbs are an inexpensive and easy to use assist for those
looking to lose weight or just eat healthier. No, there’s nothing fat-melting
or magical about them. They simply help one easily reduce fat and calorie
intake by assuring food tastes great without heavy sauce or dressing. When
sauces or dressing are still desired, they can be created by adding herbs to
healthy choices such as olive oil, gourmet vinegar or Greek yogurt - which each
have their own additional health and weight loss benefits.
Fresh herbs should be used shortly after harvest for their
best flavor and nutrition, but dried herbs hold an abundance of concentrated
flavor and nutrients for several months when kept in airtight containers. Stock
your pantry, windowsill or garden with these most common and flavorful herbs to
perk up a wide range of dishes:
Tips for Dried & Fresh
Dried herbs – use 1/3 as much as fresh, as flavor is more
If cooking more than 10 minutes, use dried herbs or add
fresh in last few minutes of cooking.
Cilantro, Chives and Parsley are most flavorful when used
fresh, not dried.
Toss fresh herb leaves with salad greens or crush and add to
olive oil/vinegar dressing.
Herbal Teas are tasty replacements for high calorie soda and