By Chrissy Fink
If, like us, the cold winter weather has you tapping into your inner homebody and spending more time in the kitchen, make sure not to overlook your spice rack. Not only will your taste buds thank you, but so will the rest of your body. So, get spicy and add at least one of these spices to make your next dish even more delish!
Cayenne. Cayenne, made from dried chili peppers and rich in capsaicin, is used to alleviate multiple ailments’ including digestive problems, heart disease and poor circulation. Sprinkle some powdered cayenne on savory recipes or stir some into your morning juice. On a chilly day you can even sprinkle some into your boots or ice skates!
Cinnamon. While cinnamon’s smell wins us over, it’s also a yummy addition to our diets. Studies show it can do wonders for our blood sugar (good news for diabetics!) and also contains anti-inflammatory properties and is even good for digestive function. Try sprinkling cinnamon on popcorn, pancakes, sliced apples and in a hot cup of tea.
Ginger. Ayuryedic medicine calls ginger “the universal remedy,” and we can’t disagree. Widely know for it’s ability to ease morning sickness and nausea, ginger can also be used as a remedy for cold hands and feet, has anti-inflammatory properties and can even help ease congestion.
Garlic. Garlic gets a big fat “A” in our book for its antibiotic, anticoagulant, antioxidant and antiviral properties – just to name a few! Eaten raw or cooked or taken in supplement form, garlic can help lower cholesterol and boost your immune system (perfect for cold and flu season!). Just a warning: if you’re on a date, make sure your partner is enjoying a dish with garlic as well!
Oregano. While technically an herb, oregano is a super star so it made this list! It’s not only rich in calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin A and niacin, but also an amazing antioxidant (even better than blueberries, if you can believe it – although blueberries are a bit easier to eat!). Plus, it has antibacterial and antifungal properties, so tss a little extra on garlic bread, pizza or in marinara sauce for a health boost with Italian flair!
Turmeric. Traditionally used for arthritis and joint inflammation, this wonderful anti-inflammatory spice out of India is also know for its antioxidant capabilities, making it a great addition to soups, stews and sauces all year long.
So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and add some spice to your life!