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The Health Benefits Of Herbs - Plus Delicious Recipes!

17.08.2016

On the 29th August, it is ‘More Herbs, Less Salt Day’.

Every day herbs are so easily accessible – simply have a couple of pots on your windowsill or planted in the back garden! If you are not in anyway green fingered, they are also very kind on the bank balance, and add so much more to a dish than salt (and let’s face it – we could all do with a bit less of that).

The variety of flavours fresh herbs can bring to both your household favourites or new experimental dishes will leave you wondering why you every bothered with salt in the first place!

Realign the balance in your diet by taking the simple step of including fresh herbs in your meals and enjoy the potentially huge health benefits that come with them, we have also included a selection of recipes for you to try out with these herbs in mind:

 

OREGANO

- Antioxidants for immune system support    - Antifungal and antibacterial

                            - Anti inflammatory                                    - Cancer fighting effects

Recipes

Feta, Cranberry & Spinach Salad

Sirloin Steaks in Tomato & Caper Sauce 

 

 

PARSLEY

- Flushes out excess fluid, improving kidney function    - Helps to control blood pressure

                  - Anti inflammatory, helping to improve pain               - Heals the nervous system

                  - Supports the immune system                                  - Strengthens bones

Recipes

Spiced Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad with Feta & Pomegranate

Venison with Tangy Red Cabbage Coleslaw

Chicken, coconut and vegetable Soup

Parsley & Mustard Lamb Loin & Spinach Salad

 

 

ROSEMARY

- Regulates bowels & soothes stomach upset    - Contains analgesia to combat pain relief

                 - Improves memory, focus & concentration       - Improves stress and anxiety

                 - Strengthens immune system                         - Antibacterial

Recipes

Greek Lamb Salad with Feta & Olives

Jus Gravy

 

 

SAGE

- Helps to control blood pressure and cholesterol    - High in antioxidants, helping to protect the body’s cells

   - Immune system boosting                                   - Strengthens bones

   - Stimulates brain function to improve memory and concentration

Recipes

Baked Trout with Spiced Yogurt & Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Winter Minestrone with Pesto Pitta

 

 

CORIANDER

- Helps to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol    - Antiseptic properties, aiding the healing of mouth ulcers

   - Eases stomach upset                                         - High iron content, helping those with anemia

   - Helps regulate the menstrual cycle                      - Antibacterial, helping to protect against illness

   - Lowers blood sugar levels                                  - High calcium levels, improving bone health

   - Improves breath

Recipes

Fish Tacos

Indian Spiced Chicken

Mexican Eggs

Chunky Beef Chilli

Teriyaki Chicken Salad

Turkey Burgers

 

 

BASIL

- Anti inflammatory and antibacterial        - Contains anti ageing properties

                           - Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol    - High in antioxidants

Recipes

Tomato & Butter Bean Pesto with Courgetti

Marinated Mozzarella with Avocado

Strawberry & Tomato Salad

Chicken and Feta Frittata

 

 

THYME

- Lowers blood pressure    - Contains anti ageing properties 

                                      - Boosts immunity            - High in antioxidants

                                      - Could potentially prevent cellular damage, decreasing cancer risk

Recipes

Chicken Pot Roast

Squid Stuffed with Feta & Herbs

Fennel & Thyme Roast Chicken

 

 

FENNEL

- High in iron, aiding those suffering with anemia    - Maintains healthy levels of cholesterol & blood pressure

   - Eases indigestion                                              - Reduces flatulence

   - A natural laxative                                              - Eases and regulates menstruation

   - Strengthens immune system

Recipes

Moroccan Lamb with Fennel & Spinach

Prawn & Spring Vegetables Paella

Salmon Parcels with Courgette Pesto Ribbons

 

 

DILL

- High in calcium, improving bone health    - Stabilises blood sugar levels

                             - Improves digestion                                - Improves sleep

                             - Antibacterial                                          - Reduces excess gas

                             - Eases stomach upset                              - Anti inflammatory, improves pain

                             - A great breath freshener

Recipes

Smoked Mackerel, Watercress, Dill & Bulgur Wheat

Slow Cooker Chicken Quesadillas

Mezze-style Lamb & Red Onion Brochettes

 

 

MINT

- Improves depression, fatigue and anxiety    - Enzymes in mint could potentially prevent cancer 

           - Been found to improve IBS symptoms         - Improves digestion

Recipes

​​Lemony Chicken with Fruity Couscous

Rocket & Grapefruit Salad with Grilled Fish

Cod with Snow Peas

Baked Aubergine Stuffed with Roast Pumpkin, Feta & Walnut with Minted Courgettes

Fig & Feta Salad

Spiced Lamb Kebabs with Quinoa & Minted Yoghurt

 

For full details of our Employee Nutrition Services, please find our brochure here.

To chat through how this may be implemented in your workplace please call Anna on 07778 218009.



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