Spice it up!

Spice it up!  Go beyond “good” salt and pepper when seasoning your favorite dishes and learn to incorporate these flavorful and healing herbs and spices…

Cinnamon – some research suggests it can lower blood sugar in diabetic patients. Try adding some cinnamon to your oatmeal or sprinkle some in your coffee – yes, your coffee!

Cumin – can help keep blood sugar levels in check and help with digestion.  Add to our favorite “cheaters chili” recipe or meatless Monday rice and beans

Garlic – can be beneficial with many heart health problems, high blood pressure as well as cancer prevention. Add garlic to veggie dishes, dips, sauces, ethnic dishes, soups and more!

Ginger – is a good nausea remedy for pregnancy related illness, upset stomach or motion sickness. Add to Asian stir fry dishes or make your own hot ginger tea.

Mint – tummy trouble?  Mint to the rescue!  Mind soothes digestive problems. Add to a fruit salad or steep some homemade mint tea.

Oregano – has antifungal and antibacterial properties that can help with some illnesses and infections including respiratory issues. Add to homemade pizzas or pasta sauces.

Rosemary – also helps with digestive problems, more specifically heartburn and liver issues. Add to potato dishes or vegetable omelets.

Thyme – full of antioxidants that boost overall health and can help prevent inflammation and cancer. I apply this healing herb liberally to Hubby’s Favorite Friday Night Chicken” and you can too!  Also add to homemade soups. 

Turmeric – a super anti-inflammatory turmeric can be used to help treat a number of issues including arthritis, stomach pain, bloating, liver problems, depression, and skin problems. Add to chicken, seafood, or rice dishes – I also sprinkle it into my oatmeal.

Happy cooking…happier eating!