So you’re buying high quality, beneficial ingredients like fruits, vegetables and lean protein- the basics… turns out, you’re actually missing some of the most basic basic AND best beneficial ingredients out there- spices. Not only do spices give you an amazing dynamic array of flavor choices, offering unlimited new ways to transform that chicken breast from Indian-inspired to Thai-spicy, but spices also have amazing health benefits. Sure, they come in teeny tiny jars, but don’t let their diminutive size lead you to underestimate their potent powers.
Blood Sugar Regulator: Cinnamon is known to lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels in those with type 2 diabetes. Aim for ¼ to ½ teaspoon per day. Try it on top of slow energy-releasing oatmeal in the morning for extra benefits.
Inhibit Cancer Cell Growth: Turmeric is often found in Indian dishes and has the potential to inhibit the growth of cancer cells with its levels of curcumin. Try adding a little to your water when cooking rice for an easy Indian flavor.
Lower Risk of Heart Attack: Rub Rosemary on chicken before it enters the oven. Rosemary has been shown to help lower your risk of heart attack and also can inhibit the growth of cancer cells and tumors.
Fight Cancer Cells: Garlic may give you repulsive breath, but if your honey loves you enough, he’ll be happy you’re getting the health benefits of this spice that can destroy cancer cells. Try it mixed with pasta, parmesan cheese and another beneficial spice, red chili flakes.
Anti-Inflammatory/Antioxidant: Paprika has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and can lower your risk of cancer. Pocket a packet for your next trip to the movies and sprinkle it on your popcorn!
Fat-Burner: Cayenne also offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powers, while help to burn fat naturally. This spice tastes great in salad dressings and soups to compliment sweet flavors.
Antioxidant/ Fat-Burner: Red Chili Peppers are great on pizza, plus they add their antioxidant and fat-burning powers making that slice, maybe not quite as “bad” for you.
Combats Nausea & Motion Sickness: Ginger, yes that funny pink stuff accompanying your sushi, has some amazing healing powers! This stuff can combat nausea, motion sickness and arthritis pain. Try it candied or crystallized for an easy snack to throw in a ziplock bag.
Antioxidant: Oregano is the one fresh cut herb out of 27 herbs, that the FDA has singled out for having the highest antioxidant count. You definitely want to keep this little green, cancer fighting machine in your kitchen cabinets. Try sautéing it with mushrooms and eggplant.
Inhibit Tumor Growth / Promote Heart Health: Parsley actually contains just about every essential vitamin and mineral under the herb-growing sun. It inhibits the growth of tumors, specifically in the lungs, reduces the risk of diabetes and colon cancer along with minimizing the symptoms of conditions like asthma and arthritis. Try baking it with fish or mixing it with this power breakfast: oatmeal with poached egg and avocado.
Even if you’ve been too busy (or too lazy) to go to the store this week and your meals are consisting of frozen dinners from long, long ago…you can still bring out the benefits in your foods if you have a fully stocked spice rack.