A Beginner's Guide to Herbs and Spices

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Add a little zing

by Mara Betsch

If you're like me, you have an entire drawer of spices, but have no idea how to use them. Not only are herbs and spices a low-cal way to add zest to your meal, but they also have a slew of health benefits. Try these 10 easy-to-use herbs and spices in your upcoming meals.

Basil
Health benefits: Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial characteristics. It's also a rich source of magnesium.

How to use it: This popular Italian seasoning is great in pesto, on white meats, combined with fruit (such as raspberries and strawberries), or added in stir-fries. Just remember to add it at the end—cooking it ruins the flavor.

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