SPICE IT UP!
Can a sprinkle a day keep the doctor away? Research says YES!
Add one of these 6 SUPER SPICES to your favorites foods (or seek out recipes that include them) and enjoy a simple, yet effective, way to get healthy.
Here they are:
1. Cinnamon: 1/4 – 1/2 tsp daily can lower blood sugar, LDL, and triglycerides in those with Type 2 Diabetes. Sprinkle or mix into Greek yogurt, oatmeal, applesauce, pancakes, cottage cheese, coffee, and winter squash or sweet potatoes.
2. Nutmeg: acts as an antibacterial (think E. Coli, salmonella, listeria) also rich in vitamin and minerals. Nutmeg brings out the flavor of foods (especially my Mom’s spinach pie!) add to greens, soups, sweet potatoes, pork roast, meatballs, cauliflower, and green beans.
3. Cumin: A potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, cumin may also help stop tumor growth. Use in chili, marinades, stir fry, lentils and chick peas, cauliflower, and roasted potatoes.
4. Dried Red Pepper: the capsaicin is what makes these peppers hot and also what may lower the risk of skin and colon cancers (it may also help you eat less calories!) Add spicy red pepper to pizza, pasta, stir fry, lasagna, any chicken or meat dish.
5. Turmeric: Contains curcumin, which may stop cancer cells from spreading and help prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Use in soups and stews, curry dishes, lamb, and vegetables.
6. Ginger: Well known for it’s ability to decrease nausea, ginger can also help with bloating and heartburn. It can be eaten fresh, pickled (like with sushi), dried, ground, and crystallized. Add to stir fries, sauces and salad dressings, marinades, teas, fruit dishes, baked goods and desserts.