If you think of herbs as the foods that they are, they are full of great flavor and add culinary significance to any dish. We are in a season where the creative flavor combinations of whole foods with herbs and spices has started a new wave of culinary chefs and a whole new way of eating that I call the "New Millennial Fare".
Now add to that the fact that herbs are full of readily available vitamins, minerals and amino acids and you have a perfect storm against disease! As we understand the many plant metabolites that are available in specific herbs, we are able to augment diets that are deficient in important dietary amenities, like B vitamins for instance, just by adding a pinch of this and a handful of than to our daily meals. Because herbs are plants, they are readily added to our favorite dishes and they are easily recognized by our bodies as food for digestion along with everything else to contribute to our overall energy intake. It's no wonder that good food is good medicine. If we are able to learn and amend our cooking with the powerful ingredients of plant foods, we can maintain our health. So the job of "Mom" becomes exceedingly important to the family and it's wellbeing long into the growing up years. All we need is a place for "Mom" to learn the craft of great cooking.
Here at Herbal Leaves Center we are focused on helping you do just that. As a center for learning, we are blessed to have herbalists, chefs and other knowledgeable folks collaborating to spread the knowledge of good food and great eating. This summer we will be offering a Family Herbal Series that will touch on a lot of this. We will also be offering individual presentations of a number of ways to transition from traditional eating and cooking habits to a more healthy and conscious way of bringing nutrition to your home. Watch the "Events" page for more presentations. Patty Myers will be leading a tour of the healthy sugar substitutes isle at City Market this Friday.
If you are interested in learning more, getting together and sharing recipes and experiences, and developing excellence in eating at your house, let us know. Send us a note, or comment here as to what areas of expertise you would like to participate in. As we are putting together our summer evenings schedule, we can incorporate many of these ideas into our classroom settings. Look forward to hearing from you.
2/18/2018 03:36:46 pm
What a great blog, Cathy! When our bodies recognize the healthy food we eat, our bodies can use the nutrition for our benefit. Our body recognizes healthy food and breaks it down into what a healthy body needs to function optimally. We had a blast looking at healthy food and sweeteners at the new City Market on Flynn Ave in Burlington. We discovered wet and dry healthy sweetener options that we can use to satisfy a sweet tooth in a healthy way. Some of these sweeteners offer other benefits such as nutrients and fiber -- besides tasting good! What's great about these field trips is the opportunity to target where someone has a particular need, such as a way to enjoy pancakes without all the side effects of gluten or a spike in blood sugar. We have terrific healthy options, and we just need to learn about them and share the knowledge.
2/19/2018 08:35:21 am
You are so right, Patty. We will be able to offer many more adventures to the local health food stores. We in Vermont, are very blessed to have a culture where healthy food is readily obtainable in so many places. Other states are not so fortunate. Learning about sugar and gluten are a great start. It is the basis for getting rid of the sugar cravings and resetting our bodies to handle food differently. April's health day on the 21st will address gluten, what it is and why there are so many issues. I encourage you all to join us. See the Events page for more information.
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