7 Spices for Healthy Cooking
My husband and I both like to cook and when time permits we try to whip up new and exciting dishes filled with all sorts of spices. Over the years we have gradually increased the amount of seasoning we use as the taste buds of our three boys continue to mature. Both of us are fans of spicy food and our kids are joining the ranks. Not only do the spices taste good, but it turns out they are good for us too. Here are seven spices that end up in many of our dishes.
This gorgeous yellow/orange spice is at the top of my healthy spice list for good reason. Turmeric is generally found in Indian curries and other ethnic foods. It has been used as both a medicine and a spice for many centuries.
Tumeric contains a nutrient called curcumin and it’s known for its anti-inflammatory properties. The spice is thought to fight a long list of diseases including cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Other studies have shown promise for treating Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Cinnamon ends up in our pancakes, French toast and eggs. Not only does it taste delicious, but studies have shown it has several health benefits: Reduces LDL cholesterol levels, reduces pain associated with arthritis, regulates blood sugar, and helps with cancer, menstrual pain and infertility.
Another one of my favorites-I add garlic to almost everything from pizza to roasted vegetables and broccoli. Garlic adds flavor to so many dishes and it also is known for being anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. It is known to be a natural antibiotic and can help manage high cholesterol and blood pressure.
Oregano on pasta, pizza and salads tastes divine. In addition to the yummy flavors oregano holds some healthy benefits with those who indulge. Oregano also has antioxidants in its oil and leaves. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits. Some people rub the oil on inflamed joints and muscles. Others take oregano oil when the first symptoms of a cold or sore throat appear.
I make chili all the time and it wouldn’t be the same without the addition of cumin (and lots of it!). It also great mixed into a stir fry or on top of roasted veggies. Cumin is also used throughout the world as a medicinal herb. Cumin is known to help treat high blood sugar levels, insomnia, a cold, respiratory issues and cancer.
Do you like ginger with your sushi? You’ll be getting more bang for your buck. This spice is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s also known to improve blood circulation and helps those tired, achy muscles after a good workout. Ginger tea is great for relieving menstrual cramps.
Thyme is delicious in soups, stews, baked or on sauteed vegetables. Thyme contains an essential oil that is rich in thymol, a powerful antiseptic, antibacterial, and a strong antioxidant. Recent studies show thyme can kill MRSA infections, which are resistant to other antibiotics.
What are your favorite spices to cook with? Do you and/or your kids like spicy foods?
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