Make Your Own Herbal Superfood Seasoning Mix

 

Superfoods.

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.  

Herbal Superfoods

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

Ingredients
*All herbs should be dried.

-Nettle leaf
-Dandelion leaf
-Plantain leaf
-Dulse leaf flakes
-Thyme leaf
-Parsley leaf
-Sage leaf
*Note: For a HUGE savings, I buy all of my organic dried herbs in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs

Method

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.

Notes

-Have fun with the recipe! Other nutritionally dense and tasty herbs that would be great to include are:

  • Rosemary
  • Tarragon
  • Horsetail
  • Cayenne pepper (for a little kick)

-Save the big bucks on dried, organic kitchen herbs…buy them in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs. I have started buying all of my seasonings in bulk from them and the saving are AMAZING!

-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:

Now it’s your turn! How are you incorporating herbs into your diet?

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Comments

  1. Hi-This is interesting. What sort of things do you use it on? If it is in fact tasty, I agree it would make a nice gift.

    • Hi Maria! We literally use it on everything, kind of like salt. Veggies, eggs, salads, grains, meats, pastas…everything :)

  2. Jessica says:

    I had the same question – would you stirfry veggies with that or use on meat?

  3. One of my favorite “super herbs” is Nigella Sativa (Black Seed). The plant Nigella Sativa has been used for medical purposes for more than 2,000 years. It is one the most revered medicinal seeds in history. According to recent medical research Nigella Sativa helps to slow or prevent many cancers. http://heal-thyself.ning.com/profiles/blogs/nigella-sativa-black-seed

    We add it to everything~! The little seeds look about like flax seeds. But, it is spicy, like pepper.

    Pat

  4. So what do you use this in? Can you mix it with other spices?

  5. I add the Nigella Sativa to everything. Traditionally, it is used as a food spice, like sesame seeds. Just sprinkle on salads, veggies, meats, side-dishes, I add it to smoothies for a bit of peppery kick. Of course, I add Turmeric, Cayenne and Cinnamon for the holistic health benefits too!

    I love the ‘one container spice mix’ idea. I have made up a similar version with about 25 of my kitchen herbs and spices and just add it to everything for the phytochemicals and antioxidant benefits. :-)

    marjoram, oregano and thyme are other favorites, and mint! And cumin, ginger and cloves…

    GreenMedInfo.com has a ton or research about the medicinal and nutritive benefits of herbs and spices: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/substance/culinary-herbs-and-spices

    Pat

  6. I’m going to “pin” this as I’m very anxious to give this a try. We’re in transition right now so I don’t have much of an herb garden at the moment, but I’m planning one for next spring and dandelions are one of the plants I plan to use. I *think* we might have plantain growing wild if I’m thinking of the same thing. I’ll have to look it up.

  7. On “Super Foods”
    It is true, there is no official definition. I first heard of “super vegetables” in “The New LAUREL’S KITCHEN” (1976, 1986) on page 355. The authors were trying to encourage “the keeper of the keys” (whoever was in charge of putting food on the table) to think about more than “no meat” while keeping your parents worry free about the dreaded lack of protein. The idea has evolved from super vegetables to super foods. The Laurel’s Kitchen food guide stated that every day you should get 4 servings of grains and 3 servings of vegetables including at least 1 serving of “super” vegetables (relatively high in protein, calcium, folacin and magnesium. Back then the list started with, dark leafy greens (3/4 c cooked), edible-pod peas, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, asparagus (1 cup), lima beans, peas (1/2 cup). + 1 serving of (choose 1) and additional serving of super vegetable, or legumes, or dairy foods. + fill out your calorie needs with whole foods (defined in the book). We were just starting to talk about Omegas. Phytos and antioxidants were still a few years out.

    Outside of California, or even outside of Berkley, we were not sure what to eat, we only knew what not to eat (flesh). It was a good start, which thanks to worried moms and grandmas everywhere has evolved.

    Good job with your addition (sprinkled by the hand full on brown rice or whole grain pasta if you are an old hippy)

  8. Great seasoning mix! I love creating my own, it’s so easy and rewarding! :)

  9. I just read that Nigella Sativa is mentioned in both the Bible and the Quran. Also, the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun was buried with nigella sativa seeds. Very important stuff in several ancient religions, but I wonder why I had never even heard of it!

  10. Ruthanne says:

    I love this idea! And I love Mountain Rose Herbs. They are such a great company. I make my own creole seasoning because most of those types of spice mixes I find in the store are either 1)not organic 2)if they are they are suuuuper expensive 3)they all have something weird in them.
    I use Emeril’s recipe, but all my herbs and spices are organic and my husband puts it on literally everything. One of his favorite things is to make “loaded hashbrowns” which really just turns out to be potatoes and eggs with cheese and maybe some deli turkey, and put the creole seasoning all over it.
    I will definitely try this one. It sounds delicious!!!! And, making your own spice mixes can also be very time saving. Instead of measuring out each one individually, you just throw in as much as you need.
    Another great one is a mixture of turmeric, curry, coriander, cinnamon and paprika. When I use this one, I always end up adding some lemon juice and fresh cilantro, as well.
    Or cardamom, allspice, anise, and ginger for a nice Mediterranean flair in rice, meatballs, etc.
    Chinese five-spice is very easy to make, as well.

  11. A fantastic idea, I will be putting this together for sure, thank you for putting it all together in one spot. I grow a ton of different herbs, and while I do dry them I have typically just been using them as part of something “thing” I’ve always used them for, like rosemary chicken (rabbit) etc.

    One thing I have a question on…it was my understanding that horsetail is not really considered edible. May in fact not be a good idea at all. I have a book on local (NW) uses of plants by indigenous peoples and in this one it says horsetail is a no no.

    I will be looking for stuff on the web for horsetail but wanted to know how or where you got your source as to the viability of horsetail as an edible. Thanks, and thank you for sharing such a wonderful blog, really do love it!

    Chris

  12. This looks like what we need this winter. Thanks.

  13. This sounds amazing and like exactly what I have been looking for. I am new to using herbs in my cooking especially dried or fresh. How much of each type of seasoning should I add to this mixture? I greatly appreciate any help that is given. Thank you!

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