3 Ways to get tastier veggies with essential oils

Jun 16, 2014 at 3:15 p.m. ET

These are my three favorite ways to make vegetables even tastier, and more nutritious, with essential oils.

Have you checked the nutrition labels of your favorite sauces and spices lately? In an effort to make those greens and vegetables taste a little better, you could be adding countless calories to your meals.

Why not try adding flavor, and lots of vital nutrients, without adding any calories. When you start cooking with essential oils, you get all of the healing properties of the oils and the flavor, all without the calories. Here are three easy ways to start cooking vegetables with essential oils.

1. Tomatoes with basil essential oil

tomatoes with basil oil

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Tomatoes are full of nutrients and antioxidants like lycopene and alpha lipoic acid, which helps the body to convert glucose into energy. Give them even more healing properties with a drop of basil essential oil increase the anti-inflammatory powers.

2. Shiitake mushrooms and ginger essential oil

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Studies have shown the anti-tumor, cholesterol-lowering, and virus-inhibiting effects of shiitake mushrooms based on their ability to boost your immune system. These mushrooms have been used to fight the progression of cancer. Add a drop of ginger essential oil to shiitake mushrooms to increase memory and give them a zesty taste.

3. Sauteed spinach with lemon essential oil

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Spinach is full of protein. It is also one of the best sources of dietary magnesium, which the body uses for energy, maintaining muscle and nerve function, heart rhythm, a healthy immune system and even regulating your blood pressure. If you’re watching your calorie intake, add a drop of lemon essential oil to sauteed spinach or cooked asparagus to prevent overeating.

When cooking with essential oils, it's very important to use Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils like doTERRA. Learn more about essential oils here.

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