Keeping Things Spicy

If you thought this post is about relationship advice, then you might be right! It's our relationship with food (YUM)

There's countless times where I've introduced spices and herbs to clients and it never fails to impress! Spices/herbs are an amazing way to add flavor and that extra 'oomph' to food. It's also a healthy alternative to adding salts, sugars, and other artificial flavors that the mainstream food industry uses to keep us coming back for more. Aside from being a healthy alternative, spices/herbs actually have amazing and almost miraculous effect on our health and well-being. I'm going to briefly go over which spices/herbs I use almost daily and what their benefits are. Ready, set, spice away!

1) Ginger and turmeric: Both these spices have amazing anti-inflammatory properties and in some studies have proved to be as effective as medical drugs. I like to use them during cooking mostly. I will add them to soups, stir-frys, marinades, stews, and just about any way i can. Turmeric will give a yellow color in cooking so use less if this outcome is not desired. I will also use a dash of either with some fresh squeezed lemon, honey, and warm water when I might not be feeling optimal or want a leisure herbal drink.

2) Cinnamon: I love this because it can be used in savory or sweet dishes and I also add it to my coffee or hot cocoa for flavor. I have both ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks well stocked in my pantry and use both equally. As for its medical properties, studies show that anything from 0.5-2 tsp per day can have a significant effect on lowering blood sugar levels.

3) Oregano: This might not be for everyone, but I love the flavor oregano gives especially in soups! I use it in marinades as well with lemon, garlic, and a dash of salt. This herb is packed with antioxidants, may help fight off bacteria and viruses, and reduces inflammation and pain.

4) Garlic: You can find garlic in so many forms these days including dried/ground, fresh, minced, frozen, etc. My two favorite are fresh and dried/ground. I can't even start to list how and where I add garlic in my everyday cooking. I use them to make broths, condiments, dressings, marinades as well as add them to just about every dish. Studies show garlic being highly effective in reducing symptoms of the flu and common cold, having positive impacts on people with hypertension as well as high cholesterol, and helping detoxify heavy metals in our bodies.

There's a lot more spices and herbs we can easily incorporate in our diets, these are just my favorites. Stay tuned for a later post with more about spices!

Comment below with your favorite go to spices!

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