If you’re trying to lose weight, reduce your salt content or just eat healthier, people including myself have probably told you a million times to use more herbs and spices in your meals. But the question many people have is, what herbs and in what dishes?
The simple answer is rosemary in just about anything! Rosemary is a small green sprig that looks a lot like pine tree but tastes much better. This fragrant herb taste delicious in a wide variety of savory dishes, and a little bit adds a lot of taste!
Keep reading to learn more about rosemary nutrition facts.
Major Nutrients Found In Rosemary
Although rosemary nutrition facts don’t reveal a ton of nutrients, you will get essential vitamins like A and C and minerals like iron and manganese. What’s even more enticing is that you’ll also add just 2 calories per tablespoon of rosemary.
As for other nutrients? Well rosemary nutrition facts are very light with less than 1% of your recommended daily value of fat, cholesterol and sodium. There are small amounts of protein, fiber and carbohydrates but plenty of calcium and potassium per serving just to make sure you’re getting some nutritional value in addition to the flavor.
Rosemary is available fresh or dried, but you’ll get greater flavor in your dishes with fresh rosemary. Choose rosemary that is a deep green color rather than yellow and make sure none of the sprigs have dark or slimy spots.
Store dried rosemary in the cabinet, but remember that you won’t get the same flavor. Store fresh rosemary in the refrigerator. It is best to keep rosemary in its original packaging, but if that isn’t possible wrap it in a damp kitchen or paper towel and store in crisper.
Eat It With
The great thing about rosemary is that it’s flavor compliments a wide variety of dishes so that you never have to worry about throwing away fresh rosemary because it’s gone bad. Chop a tablespoon of fresh rosemary and mix with salt and pepper to rub on your favorite protein. Toss potato wedges with olive oil and chopped rosemary then roast for 45 minutes for a sodium-free side dish.
Finely chop rosemary and add it to eggs or mix it with plain cream cheese or unsalted butter for a yummy bagel topper. You can even add a whole sprig of rosemary to soup stock. Rosemary tastes great in cornbread or blended in with your favorite pasta sauce.
Burn Off Calories In Rosemary
To burn off the calories in 1 tablespoon of rosemary, you would have to:
- 1 minute of stretching.
- 1.5 minutes of light weight lifting.
- 1 minute of belly dancing.