For thousands of years, herbs have been used to make meals tastier and healthier. Whenever you add herbs to food, you’re gaining their health benefits as well as their unique flavors.
Herbs and spices are packed with antioxidants which boost your immune system and fight inflammation. Antioxidants also protect your cells from nasty free radicals.
Why should free radicals be taken seriously? Studies show they may be partly responsible for heart disease and several chronic health problems. They could even be a culprit in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Herbs are super easy to grow in a Click & Grow indoor garden. Just insert your favorite plant pods, fill the tank with water and let our technology do the rest. Click & Grow herbs are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and minerals and contain no additives. Herbs also contain anti-inflammatory properties.
As soon as you’ve harvested your herb plant pods, you can cook with them. It’s a true garden-to-plate experience. Here are some simple ways you can introduce herbs into your child’s diet today:
1. Add basil or oregano topping to a pizza
Toppings are an easy way to introduce your kids to herbs. Whether your pizza is homemade or delivered, a sprinkling of basil or oregano makes it taste so much better. Basil plant pods are especially easy to grow.
2. Add chopped dill, parsley or thyme to a salad
When it comes to picky eaters, go for very small pieces of chopped herbs. Add chopped pieces of dill, parsley or thyme to a salad. It will subtly enhance the flavor.
3. Toss pasta with pesto
Pasta tastes especially good when tossed with some basil pesto. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try cilantro, parsley, or peppermint pesto?
4. Add fresh herbs to buttered pasta
This is a winner. We’re yet to meet someone who doesn’t enjoy the taste of buttered pasta with freshly chopped herbs. Try sage, chives or thyme.
5. Stir chopped basil, oregano or parsley into spaghetti sauce
Mixing herbs into your spaghetti sauce will boost the flavor and make the meal more nutritious. Experiment with basil, oregano or parsley.
6. Sprinkle chopped herbs on scrambled eggs
Fresh herbs go well with eggs. Parsley and chives are favorites but basil or dill work equally well.
7. Add parsley or chives to mashed potatoes
Whip in some herbs with your mashed potatoes for a delicious, easy-to-make meal. Perfect for when you’re tired after a long day and don’t have time to prepare something big. Parsley and chives work especially well.
8. Add chopped chives to an egg sandwich
Sandwiches are a great way to disguise healthy herbs or salad greens. Sprinkle some chopped chives on an egg sandwich for extra flavor and nutritional value.
9. Mix some herbs into a potato salad
10. Add some herbs to mayonnaise
Mix some herbs into your mayonnaise and watch it become your family’s favorite condiment. Experiment using parsley, cilantro or oregano.
11. Flavor butter using herbs
If you enjoy making homemade butter, don’t forget to add some herbs to the mix. Use minced rosemary, thyme or chives for an Italian style butter.
12. Infuse olive oil with sage or marjoram
Use fresh or dried herbs to create a delicious infused olive oil. Splash a little amount over cooked meals or a salad. Sage or marjoram are perfect for this.
13. Blend peppermint into strawberry smoothies
Make a smoothie with some Click & Grow strawberries and blend in peppermint for a refreshing, nutritious treat.
14. Add peppermint to tea or lemonade
For older kids who enjoy tea, add some peppermint leaves to the blend and see if they enjoy the flavor. You can also mix peppermint into lemonade or use it as a garnish for other drinks.
15.Toss dwarf peas with peppermint
Click & Grow dwarf peas and peppermint go surprisingly well together. Toss dwarf peas with chopped peppermint to create a healthy side dish.
16. Add dill topping to cucumbers
Many kids like cucumbers. As a food, they're easy to hold and satisfying to bite into. Add some chopped dill as a topping to make cucumbers even more delicious.
17. Make dill pickles
When eaten in moderation, dill pickles can be a healthy snack. It’s especially great for those who enjoy crunchy textures.
18. Add fresh herbs to soup
Herbs and soup are a perfect combination. You have lots of freedom here. Experiment with adding a variety of herbs to a simple soup. Choose herbs from our plant pod collection that your kids would enjoy the most.
19. Use herbs to marinate fish
Fish is a healthy meal choice for kids. Adding herbs into the mix will boost its nutritional value.
20. Sprinkle chopped herbs into ice cream
Add lemon balm or peppermint to your child’s favorite ice cream. You can sprinkle the chopped herbs directly into the ice cream before freezing.
Feel free to use the above examples as inspiration in your daily cooking. We hope they’re helpful, whether you’re trying to introduce your kids to herbs or simply improve your own diet. Here’s to a healthier and happier lifestyle!
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