One of the most common complaints of anyone on a diet is that the food is often bland and uninteresting. However, this does not have to be the case. The truth is that many of the most popular herbs and spices have various health benefits. By using these herbs and spices you will not only make your food more exciting and tasty, your body will also reap the rewards that these herbs and spices bring. In this post we will discuss some of the most common herbs and spices and how you can effectively use them in your dishes. We'll conclude by going over some of our very own dishes and how they can be enhanced with a little spice.
Cumin: Cumin is a small seed primarily known for its use in Spanish and Latin American dishes, but many do not know the benefits that eating Cumin can actually bring. Cumin has been shown to treat many psychological disorders and is also great for treating dementia and other mental illnesses. Cumin is great in soups, bean dishes, and vegetable stews.
Sage- Sage is made from leaves from a small evergreen plant, and is mainly known for flavoring meat dishes involving sausage or chicken. Sage has numerous positive effects on the mind, including a capacity to strengthen memory and other functions of the brain. Sage has also been shown to reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and other mental deficiencies. Sage is great to use in salad dressings or different types of soups.
Turmeric- Turmeric is made from grounding up a particular root and is known for its anti-inflammatory effects. Many of Turmeric's benefits come from a powerful anti-oxidant called Curcumin, which boosts the body's natural anti-oxidant cells. It also is a very strong anti-inflammatory agent, shown to have been stronger than some anti-inflammation drugs. Turmeric goes well with corn dishes, curries, pickled dishes and relishes.
Cayenne Pepper- Cayenne pepper is a type of chili pepper that is often ground up and added to give dishes a spicy kick. It also has been seen as a great tool to lose weight due to its propensity to reduce the appetite of anyone who eats it. It has also been shown to increase fat burning, and is often even used in commercial weight loss supplements. Cayenne tastes fantastic when added to curries, chilis, or vegetable stews.
Ginger- The ginger root is a very popular addition to a number of Asian inspired cuisines, and has some medicinal benefits as well. Ginger has been effective in treating nausea from sea sickness, morning sickness, and chemotherapy. Ginger has also been used in pain management programs, and is great at reducing pain and inflammation. Ginger goes great in almost anything, especially vegetable based soups.
Rosemary- This herb comes from the small leaves of an evergreen shrub, and has been a staple in cooking for a long time. Rosemary has also been shown to be great for nasal health, reducing mucus and preventing strong allergic reactions. Rosemary also prevents congestion. Rosemary pairs well with vegetable soups and tomato sauces.
Garlic- Garlic has historically been thought to fight off vampires and other supernatural beings. In the present day, it has been proven to fight many illnesses and increase cardiovascular strength. Garlic is used to combat common viruses like colds and the flu. Garlic has also been shown to reduce cholesterol by up to 15%. Garlic is one of the most versatile herbs in the culinary world, and can be used in almost anything.
Cinnamon- Cinnamon is a very popular spice in baked goods and other desserts. It also has been shown to combat both types of Diabetes by reducing blood sugar levels. As an added bonus, Cinnamon has a potent anti-inflammatory effect and can severely reduce pain levels. Cinnamon is great for adding sweetness to any dishes, especially those involving pumpkin, squash, and potatoes.
Black Pepper- One of the most basic spices added to savory dishes is also one of the healthiest spices out there. Pepper stimulates fat breakdown and is a great way to lose weight. Pepper is also shown to lower bad types of cholesterol that can block arteries in the heart. Eating lots of black pepper can reduce the chance of heart disease and lead to a stronger and healthier heart. Black Pepper also functions as an antibiotic, and can fight some more common illnesses like a cold or the flu. Black Pepper is used in almost any dish, but goes great in savory wraps or meat dishes.
Those are only some of the healthiest spices and herbs you can use in your cooking. Adding these to your dishes and meals will lead to better health and a greater feeling every day. Don't be afraid to experiment and put these spices and herbs in different dishes. You'll never know what works until you try! See below for some of our products that contain some of these spices already, and that you can add more spices to for a healthy and tasty meal.
Baby Clam Chowder
This delicious clam chowder soup is packed full of great ingredients that will help you live a healthier life. Some of the spices it includes are garlic, black pepper, and salt. If you are feeling really adventurous you can try adding some Ginger, Cumin, or Sage to give the soup a nice extra tasty flavor.
This delicious veggie stew contains numerous vegetables and spices that will lead to a healthier diet. The dish contains garlic, salt, oregano, and black pepper. You could also add some ginger, rosemary, or cayenne to give the dish a brand new taste and flavor.
This delectable soup contains a ton of vitamins and nutrients that can give you a boost of energy. This soup contains the normal garlic, salt, and black pepper. However, it is one of the most versatile in that many spices can be added to it. Cinnamon can be added to give it a sweeter flavor, while Cumin, Sage, Rosemary or Cayenne can be added to enhance the already great flavor found in the soup.
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