Nutrition: Spice Up Your Life!
Home cooking using raw and fresh ingredients can be one of the most creative experiences. Fusing vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds and proteins in new combinations can surprisingly turn out to be an exciting taste extravaganza.
So what brings all the ingredients together for tasteful bold treats? How can you enhance these flavour events and add health benefits for you and your family?
While herbs come from the leaves of plants, spices derive from the plant's roots, berries, seeds and bark. They add a kick of flavour as well as a host of health benefits to a meal thanks to their intense concentration of phyto or plant chemicals or disease-preventing nutrients and other anti-microbial properties.
However not all spices were created equal, and they all offer different health benefits.
The number one health benefiting spice according to Ayurvedic tradition is Turmeric. It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, treats skin conditions, strengthens bones, moisturizes the body and increases general immunity. Turmeric is also a very powerful antioxidant. It can help prevent diseases such as cancer and slow the aging process by combating the free radicals, which cause damage to healthy cells in the body.
Cinnamon has a direct, positive effect on blood sugar, is vital to those with diabetes. It can be used to treat yeast infections resistant to common medications. It reduces pain associated with arthritis and acts as a natural food preservative as it inhibits the growth of natural food bacteria. It is also known to improve memory and cognitive function as it is an excellent source of iron, calcium and manganese.
Other wonderous spices include: fennel for digestion, chilli for pain, cloves for joint inflammation and cumin which protects against anemia.
Don’t be afraid to be bold while using these spices. Sprinkle with flare enjoying their fragrances, colour, taste and health benefits. You can’t go wrong!
And remember you can choose your best life one step at a time.
Nili Abrahams, Certified Holistic Health Coach at ChooseLifeNutrition, integrating Health and Wellness with Torah’s Wisdom.