Five Spices You Need to Try Today For a Health Boost

spice 074If your cooking could use a little shaking up, then we have just the thing for you. Spices are such an amazing and easy way to add life to boring dishes. The best part is that they are low calorie and pack a huge health punch. You probably already know how to use your basil and cinnamon. Now we are going to show you how to use five delicious and healthy spices that you may have forgotten about.

  1. Garam Masala: If you do not have this spice blend in your spice cabinet, it is time to give it a try. This popular Indian spice blend literally means “hot mixture.” It will give your dishes a little bit of heat and sweetness. Most blends are made of cardamom, cloves, mace, cinnamon, cumin, fennel, black peppercorns, and fenugreek. All of those spices have health benefits on their own, including anti-aging properties and weight loss. You can enjoy garam masala in Indian dishes of course, or while cooking fish, chicken, pork, and soups.
  2. Smoked Paprika: This spice is hot, so go easy with it if you aren’t a fan of the heat. Paprika is a powerful antioxidant, and it can help protect your cells against damage. Add it to any dish that needs a little heat, such as soups, stews, or salsa.
  3. Allspice: This sweet spice is a tasty alternative to cinnamon and nutmeg. It can benefit the digestion system and help relieve pain. It tastes delicious in curries, chili, and desserts.
  4. Celery Seed: Celery seed contains calcium and iron, which are beneficial for everyone. Studies have also found that it can help lower high blood pressure and prevent arthritis pain. These studies were based on individuals taking celery seed extract, but you may still experience some of these health benefits from using it as a spice. Use celery seed to replace salt in soups, stews, meatloaves, and burgers.
  5. Coriander: Coriander is another delicious spice that can be added to burger mixes and marinades. It is being researched for its benefits with lowering cholesterol.

Add a new spin on a classic dish with one of these five spices. Chances are you have them in your spice cabinet, but rarely use them in comparison to basil or oregano. For the best flavor and health benefits, make sure your herbs and spices are fresh and not expired.

 

Remember to always consult a physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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