A buzz word throughout the healthy living community for sure!
But what is a superfood?
You won’t find an official definition for the word anywhere in the dictionary (I looked). However — once you wade through all of the over-blown marketing ads — “superfoods” are commonly known to be foods that contain:
- a high level of nutritional density
- fewer calories
- a high fiber content
- omega-3 fatty acids
- tons of antioxidants
- plant-based phytochemicals
- the ability to prevent and/or heal disease
Although no single food is a substitute for a balanced, whole foods diet…it is true that some foods are just better for you than others.
I love that some of the most common plants (a.k.a. weeds) are among the most nutritionally dense foods — and for most of us in North America and throughout Europe, they grow freely!
Including these herbs into our diets means we are getting high quality nutrition — without man-made supplements. Bonus!
As I have set out this year to incorporate more greens and herbs into my family’s diet, this herbal superfood mix is quickly becoming my most favorite seasoning blend! We love it on salads, eggs, potatoes, meats, seasonal veggies, grains…just about everything
Herbal Superfood Seasoning Mix
*All herbs should be dried.
-Dulse leaf flakes
*Note: For a HUGE savings, I buy all of my organic dried herbs in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs
1. Measure equal parts of all of the herbs (or to your family’s taste preference).
2. Place herbs in a glass jar.
3. Shake well to combine.
4. Store in a spice jar for ease of use, or keep stored in a glass jar. Keep away from heat and light. It should stay fresh for 6-8 months.
-Have fun with the recipe! Other nutritionally dense and tasty herbs that would be great to include are:
- Cayenne pepper (for a little kick)
-This makes an excellent gift! For example, I am visiting my sister this week in her new home in Colorado Springs and we made a pint-sized mason jar full of this herbal seasoning mix as a house-warming gift…she loves it
-Interested in learning more? Here’s a bit of recommended reading:
- Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use
- 10 Essential Herbs for Lifelong Health
- Growing & Using Herbs Successfully
Now it’s your turn! How are you incorporating herbs into your diet?