Spice up your Holidays

Do you find that eating healthy means compromising on taste and not enjoying what you eat? Try adding some spice! Did you know almost all spices are extremely low in calories? Even better, some of them can actually boost your metabolism and help you to burn more calories! Think of spices as nature’s way of providing a flavor kick to your everyday meals. It may seem like a small addition to your meal, but spices can add flavor as well as many health benefits.

Health benefits of spices:

  • High in antioxidants (oregano)
  • Are anti-inflammatory (rosemary)
  • Help with weight loss (dried red peppers)
  • Control blood sugar (cinnamon)
  • Good for detoxing (cayenne)
  • Boost your energy (ginger)
  • Add flavour without adding any fat, sugar or salt

Here are 5 Super Spices

Turmeric

This is a must when it comes to spices and it’s not hard to miss with its distinct yellow colour. Turmeric is often used in many Indian dishes such as curry. It is a member of the ginger family and can be used to help with many health conditions. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant, and can even help with skin pigmentation when applied to the skin as a mask. Try adding some turmeric into your smoothie or tea for a special treat!

Ginger

This is definitely a top super spice with its immune and energy boosting powers! Whether you are sick or sleepy ginger seems to do the trick. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory, an antibacterial, and is a cancer fighting food. You can grate it; boil it, juice and more, so there is no excuse to avoid this one. Have a sweet tooth? Add some ginger to your fruit or yogurt and it can help satisfy those cravings.

Cayenne

What better way to add some heat to your food than by adding some cayenne pepper? Not only is this red colored spice great for visual appeal, but it also helps to detoxify your body by bringing blood to the surface and allowing toxins to be carried out. Cayenne is also great for blood circulation and improving digestion problems.Since cayenne helps with blood circulation, increases metabolism and improves digestion, it’s also a great way burn calories without adding any!,. Feel a cold coming on? Add some cayenne into some freshly juiced carrots and ginger as a remedy to boost your immune system. Fresh serves a wide range of amazing juices to
help heal everything under the sun!

Cinnamon

This warm brown spice is a staple that can befound in almost every grocery store, and for good reason. Cinnamon has been around for such a long time that people tend to overlook its amazing super food powers. Just one teaspoon of this magic spice will give you the same level of antioxidants as half a cup of blueberries! Not to mention it will help you to balance your blood sugar and lower your cholesterol. It can even help to provide arthritis pain relief! If you eat a lot of greasy or processed foods, you may want to take this spice on a regular basis because it is an anti-inflammatory and will help calm an inflamed digestive tract.

Oregano

Just 1 teaspoon of this pizza spice contains the antioxidants equivalent to 3 cups of broccoli. So maybe eating pizza was a good idea? Oregano also contains antibacterial oils called thymol and carvacro, which is why oregano oil is so effective at helping to cure a cold or flu. You can use this spice in many dishes and it is available at most grocery stores.

You may now look at your spice rack from a whole new perspective. So next time you’re cooking up a storm in the kitchen don’t be afraid to add a few spices into your dish: your body will thank you!

Happy Spicing,

Your Health Nut

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