Fresh, Healthy Herbs: Food for Thought


Have you ever noticed those wonderful aromas that come from adding fresh herbs to your food? Professional chefs know that using fresh culinary herbs in their cooking makes a world of difference – turning an ordinary dish into an extraordinary dish.

There are also health benefits to cooking with herbs. Supplementing recipes with fresh herbs often decreases the amount of unhealthy flavorful additions like sugar, salt, and fat. Plus, some herbs are rich in antioxidants that protect against certain diseases.

Common Pairings

  • Fresh basil is a wonderful addition to tomato dishes, salads, and vegetables.
  • Fresh rosemary makes chicken, fish, lamb, and pork dishes taste even better.
  • Mint is a natural complement to carrots, fruit salads, and peas.

 Linda Rakos has a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition from Carnegie Mellon University, and more than 30 years of experience in the food service industry. As assistant director of Hospitality Services at Shell Point Retirement Community for over 20 years, she ensures that all menu programs meet nutritional standards and are in compliance with regulatory agency requirements.