Fresh Herbs and Spices

Spices and HerbsHealth Benefits of Fresh Herbs and Spices are enough to make you want to add them to your diet and perhaps grow some yourself.

They make your food taste good but that is not their only virtue. Fresh herbs and spices are a healthy complement to any diet. They can help keep your internal system functioning at peak performance.

Our Grandmothers knew best.

Before there were medicines like we have today, people lived off the land for their healing. Wise women and men in the community used their knowledge of herbs to aid in making medicinal preparations for those who were sick. It was not uncommon to see a poultice or a salve in a home. The mortar and pestle were common tools of the trade in healing.

Nowadays we have pills and capsules, but they were based on the long ago teaching of herbs.The pills often contain chemicals that make they unhealthy to take for long periods of time.  Even if you don’t use herbs and some spices for your health care you can use them to keep your body healthy through a balanced diet. You eat them for the taste, but learning about the added health benefits of what you are sprinkling on your dinner is an added bonus.

What you can Avoid with Herbs and Spices                                                          spices

If you ask anyone, the most common “spices” on any table are salt and pepper. Our food can be doing so much better. There is an entire world of tastes, smells and textures just waiting for you to explore. Fresh herbs and spices are abundant at your local  farmer’s market and you can purchase a potted herb: rosemary, marjoram, thyme, oregano, dill, basil, lemon balm – and the list goes on. Just a few simple steps and you can have fresh herbs to use whenever you need them.

HeartbeatWhat can these herbs and spices do for me, you might ask? For one, the addition of herbs and spices to your meals, to replace some of the salt, can help keep your blood pressure under control. Too much salt or sodium intake can lead to bloating and high blood pressure in those that are already susceptible.  If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, salt is often not on the menu anymore anyway. Other spices can liven up your food and make you less likely to sneak a shake of that salt.

Many herbs have cancer fighting properties, meaning that they can lower your cancer risk or slow down the growth of cancerous tumors. Others can lower triglyceride and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in the blood which can lead to the onset of Type 2 diabetes. They also play a role in lowering blood sugar which is great for those who are dealing with a diabetic condition.

Spices are found on the list of healthy foods. You can use dried, but freshly grated spices look and taste much better. Among their health attributes: inhibiting growth of cancer cells, increasing metabolism, reducing inflammatory response in the body, decrease arthritis pain, stopping nausea and providing essential nutrients to the diet.

Make dressing using fresh herbs and spices

Make dressing using fresh herbs and spices

If you aren’t taking advantage of fresh herbs and spices, your diet and your health are missing out. This weekend, May 10,11, and 12, 2013, my kindle book Herbs In The Kitchen is FREE at: http://chefwilliamlikes.me/The Herb Book

Next weekend, May 17, 18 and 19, 2013 my new book Spices In The Kitchen will be FREE to download at: http://chefwilliamlikes.me/Spices In The Kitchen.

These books contain information on herbs and spices as well as some recipes to introduce you to the ones you have not been using. I hope you will enjoy them as  much as I did when I was testing the recipes for each book.

Please tell your friends so that they can grab a free copy of these books over the next two weekends .

Eat Healthy, Laugh Often and Enjoy Life~

Healthy Food choices

 

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12 Responses to Fresh Herbs and Spices

  1. Cher
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    Hi Chef William, Great post, signed up for your book :) I love fresh herbs, they are in my juices daily and love them in dressings :)
    Cher
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  2. This is great William. Can’t wait to get your book.
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  3. Elise
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    I love spices because they can really add life to some really boring food. I like finding new ones too, thanks for all the great info!
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  4. Amy
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    Chef,
    I think I downloaded your book back in February, but this weekend I’ll download the Kindle App so I can actually read it! And then I’ll write a review. Cooking with herbs is something that could benefit so many folks’ diets and their home cooking! Good for you at getting this out! It looks awesome!
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    • Chef William says:

      I hope you can download Spices In The Kitchen when it is offered Free
      next weekend. The two books will become one sooner or later. I had planned
      to combine them on create space so that i could give out paper back copies
      but my tech guy tells me the pictures need to be at least 300 dpi and that
      mine are all about 72 dpi, so It looks like I’ll need to take all new pictures.

      I just finished another book Vacationing In Puerto Vallarta which I should be
      adding to kindle in about another week, once it is formatted and my cover is
      created.
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  5. Ah, yes, the fresh herbs and spices… Thanks to the science of hydroponics, I have a full set (basil, mint, oregano, rosemary, etc.) right in my kitchen. (If I had to rely on pots and watering, they would be deader than sanity in the House…)
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    • Chef William says:

      Hydroponics has been something that I have always been interested in but never in
      a position to do anything with. I believe I will need to do a lot more research
      as Dow Chemical and Monsanto make healthy food a bigger challenge each year.
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  6. Carrie
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    Can’t wait to read it, Chef! Thanks so much!
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    • Chef William says:

      Thanks for downloading it, I have Spices In The Kitchen scheduled for next weekend
      and it will have different recipes in it. It will be free on the 17, 18 and 19th.
      I hope you can get it and enjoy them both.
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  7. How fabulous, I love cooking with fresh herbs. I am madly creating a herb garden for our new house in between the mayhem that is currently our life :) Can’t wait to get your book.
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