Try fresh herbs this holiday season Fresh herbs have great health benefits, add flavor to any dish and are easy to incorporate into any cooking style! On a per-gram-fresh-weight basis, oregano and other herbs ranked higher in antioxidant activity than fruits and vegetables known to be high in antioxidants, but what exactly are antioxidants? Antioxidants in herbs protect your body from oxidative damage caused from unstable molecules known as free radicals. By consuming fresh foods, we expose our bodies to antioxidants which help to remove these free radicles and boost health in various ways! Some antioxidants are known to boost your immune system, decrease the effects of aging, reduce wrinkles and prevent chronic illnesses. In addition to their health benefits, herbs add flavor to your meals and contain no sodium like many other seasonings in your spice cabinet! How do you incorporate fresh herbs into your cooking? Make condiments or salad dressing from scratch: Liven up the taste of your favorite condiment or salsa by adding cilantro or basil! Add them directly to salads: Make greens less dull with mint, cilantro, basil or parsley mixed into the greens! Rub them on meat: Fresh rosemary or thyme on your chicken or pork is an easy way to season your dish. Put them in eggs: Throw tarragon or chives into an omelet with your favorite vegetables! Make tea with them: Fresh mint, chamomile or licorice tea is calming and aids in digestion. This nutrition tip is provided by Kirsten Marten, Dietetic Intern at Porter Adventist Hospital.