Yes, you read that right! 29th of August is celebrated as ‘More herbs, less salt day’ to encourage the use of herbs and limit the use of salt. It encourages you to take a simple step to re-align this balance, through the use of herbs in home-cooked dishes in place of salt. There's nothing better than fresh garden herbs in your favourite recipes. And, we all should have less salt in our diets. It doesn’t take much room or effort to grow a variety of fresh herbs, and a little rosemary, thyme, mint or other herbs can do just as much to enrich a dish as a heavy dose of salt.
Here are 5 of the best herbs to add to your diet:
CORIANDER: Coriander leaves have a distinct earthy flavour. When crushed, they are spicy and citrus in taste, you can eat them raw or add to cooked preparations. The leaves are good accompaniments for salads and soups as well as curries and chicken dishes. Coriander is a good source of fibre, iron and magnesium as well as well as Vitamin C and K.
BASIL: It not only adds great flavour to your pesto and salad dressings but also contain natural antibacterial properties and is rich in antioxidants.
OREGANO: It is very popular in Mediterranean cooking and has great benefits. The leaves can be added to foods chopped or whole. You can use it to marinate meats or seafood as well as in salads and making spaghetti. Oregano can be used to treat respiratory tract disorders, gastric disorders and urinary tract disorders.
MINT: This herb is not just refreshing. It is also detoxifying, a palate cleanser and promotes digestion. It also adds flavour to sweet and savoury preparations and can be used with salads and pasta as well. You can grow it in a pot in your kitchen garden as well.
ROSEMARY: This aromatic herb can be overpowering, so use judiciously. You can use sprigs while cooking carrot, or sweet potato. If you have access to dried rosemary, ensure you crush it. It can be added to meat preparations, pizza, potatoes and egg-based dishes. This herb improves digestion, boosts memory and prevents brain ageing.
When you substitute salt with these herbs, not only it will add great flavour to your dish but also aid weight loss.