Not only can herbs add the green wow factor to your kitchen, but they can also add the wow factor to your meals when it comes to taste and presentation! All of the presentation and taste, and none of the calories!

Herbs are, for the most part, calorie-free, and hence it makes them the ultimate ingredient to add to any dish. You can also change the taste of your prepped meals by simply changing the herb ... Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? Give it a try and you'll see what I mean.

Here is a list of my 5 favourite go-to herbs that will seriously glam up any dish ... But wait there is more ... Each of these herbs is also bursting with health benefits, so it's really a win-win all way round! More herbs, better health I always say.

Mint

Mint is not just that green leaf on top of desserts or any other sweet treat. It is really so much more than that! Mint is a great appetizer or palate cleanser and it promotes digestion by stimulating digestive enzymes that absorb nutrients from food. It also improves liver function and is a natural remedy for colds and flu!

Thyme

One of my absolute favourites, Thyme has the highest antioxidant levels of all herbs. It improves blood circulation, boosts the immune system and aids in improving heart health and respiratory ailments such as bronchitis and seasonal allergies. I love adding it to both chicken and red meat dishes like beef and ostrich.

It's just so lovely and versatile

Coriander (aka cilantro)

Coriander has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It also aids in digestion and detox and promotes healthy liver function. Coriander helps to maintain cardiovascular health and helps dissolve cholesterol build-up in the arteries. Now if that is not enough to blow your socks off, have you tried it with some chilli and lime in your favourite beef stir-fry? To die for I tell you. Finish it off with some sesame seeds and you are good to go!

Rosemary

Not only does Rosemary go well with roast vegetables, chicken and beef, but it is an anti-inflammatory agent that aids in circulation and calms adrenal fatigue. Rosemary is a potent anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent, and it also has diuretic properties which make it ideal to add to meals, especially closer to comp time! But apart from all of that, it also aids in digestion and assists the liver with detoxing, a key component to optimal health.

Parsley

Parsley tends to be the greenery on top of most salads and warm dishes, but it is actually an anti-inflammatory that is full of antioxidants and iron. Parsley also helps to improve immunity, aids in digestion, prevents bladder infection, improves bone health and it is a blood purifier and natural diuretic ... quite a mouth full isn't it? Moral of the story, always eats the garnish. PS. Have you ever tried stirring some parsley into your rice? You can thank me later.



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