by Maedbh Lillis
Culinary herbs are defined as the leafy green parts of plants, which have been added to foods by humans since the dawn of cooking (Small, 2006). Fresh herbs are a fantastic way to add a depth of flavor to any dish you are making - a little can go a long way!
Instead of relying on the butter pats and salt shaker, I am challenging you to boost your creativity by flavoring this year’s holiday meals with culinary herbs. Recent research on the cardiometabolic effects of butter consumption points to an overall neutral association of butter and mortality, CVD, and diabetes risk (Pimpin, Wu, Haskelberg, Del Gobbo, & Mozaffarian, 2016). Although the health impact of saturated fats is still under research, it is known that most adults and children in the United States exceed the recommended sodium consumption outlined in the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Jackson, King, Zhao, & Cogswell, 2016).
When planning your holiday menus this year, consider the myriad opportunities you have to add herbs to your favorite meals. A festive example is bruschetta topped with sweet and peppery basil to make a standout appetizer (Claiborne, 2012). For your next family dinner, imagine your delicious holiday turkey stuffed with rosemary, thyme, and sage leaves - a symphony of fragrant wood and mint notes that can’t be missed.
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