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If you are looking for a way to add variety to everyday healthy meals that is also diet plan-friendly, herbs are definitely the way to go.  Herbs not only add flavor to dishes without the added calories but also are loaded with endless health benefits.  With so many herbs to choose from, why not give a new herb a chance on a monthly basis?  Consider starting with our list of herbs to try.

Astragalus: Astragalus is a herb that has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries.  It is thought to boost the immune system, which is great for arming yourself against cold and flu season.  Astragalus is also said to help prevent and regulate diabetes and slow down the aging process.

Cilantro: Cilantro is a well-known herb that is pretty easy to incorporate into just about any meal.  What is not so well-known about cilantro are its health benefits.  Cilantro may lower blood sugar, improve sleep, prevent urinary tract infections, and promote healthy skin.  Cilantro is commonly found in Mexican, Thai, and Chinese dishes.

Fennel: If you are looking for a diet plan-friendly herb that promotes bone health, heart health, and your metabolism, then fennel is worth a try.  It is famous for its licorice-like flavor.  Fennel can be added to a variety of soups and sauces.  You can use fresh fennel or dried seeds.

Mint: Incorporating mint into your diet plan is a great place to start if you choose to try a new herb a month.  Some of the health benefits associated with mint includes improved digestion and relief from nausea and headaches.  Mint is also known to stimulate weight-loss.  There are over 600 varieties of mint in the world with the most common being spearmint and peppermint.  Try adding mint to your water, soup, or light sauces to add variety to your meals.

Give a few of these herbs a try.  Also, think outside of the box.  Try recipes that feature your herb of the month that may be outside of the norm.  Consider growing “easy-to-grow” herbs at home or freezing herbs to keep them, fresher, longer.  If you cannot find or grow fresh herbs, do not be discouraged!  Dried herbs are readily available.  Take the time to learn about the health benefits of your herb of the month.  Herbs are a good way to spice up a meal and a good way to enrich your health.

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