In honor of the first day of spring, St. Patrick’s Day, and your health, let’s celebrate the abundances of March.
Once the danger of frost is no longer a worry, March in Sacramento is the perfect time to start planting herbs in your garden. Growing herbs requires little effort and adds aromatic flavors to your meals in addition to the many anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties beneficial to your health. Growing your own will also save you money as they are quite expensive when purchased in the stores.
Although there will most likely be mandatory watering restrictions this year in California, growing herbs in a raised garden bed or pots requires little water, especially if you use a drip system. Try this water conservation tip. Collect water for your herb garden by placing buckets in the shower under the nozzle to catch the cold water while waiting for it to warm.
If you are lucky enough to have a bit of Irish in you (or not), celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Corned Beef and Cabbage can also be a body boost. Green cabbage is a great low carb vegetable that has a whopping 16 calories per half-cup, 1.5 grams of fiber, and a respectable amount of vitamin C. The Corned Beef provides protein and fat for a complete and nutritious meal on this festive day.
Cabbage, like broccoli and cauliflower, is ranked high up the list for having cancer-fighting properties and is currently being studied for its phytochemical compound, indole, and its ability to specifically ward off breast cancer.
Go green this March and beyond. Enjoy low-carb cabbage year round in salads, soups, and wraps. Add fresh herbs to your meals for fresh flavor and to reap their anti-oxidant properties. And remember to protect, respect and nurture the environment – it is a precious gift for all of us.
Visit my website at hendricksforhealth.com to learn more about the health benefits of herbs.
Posted on 03/04/2014 at 12:00:00 AM