It’s that time again!
Actually it’s kind of past time, should have done this sooner?
OK this one was kind of hard. I have a cabinet full of wonderful spices. I knew I couldn’t go over every one with you. If I did this post would be more like a novel. So I picked out some of the spices I use the most and the ones that are considered Super Food spices. If I left out any of your favorite spices, I’m sorry☹️ I may consider doing another post about more spice in the near future. But for now here is the list of the super spices I chose.
For each spice I will give you some nutritional info, health benefits, and tips on how to use them. The nutrients are listed in DV% which stands for Daily Value of 1 serving you need each day. For example if cinnamon has 11% fiber it means that one serving provides 11% of the fiber you need each day. Pretty easy…right!?
Ok ready?…here we go!
- Cinnamon: one of the oldest spices known. Cinnamon is said to have the highest anti-oxidant level of any spice. Is known to be anti-microbial, stops the growth of bacteria as well as fungus. Cinnamon is said to help control blood sugar levels, boost brain function, improve colon health, protect against heart disease, and can help relieve the onset of a cold or flu. This spice was once considered more precious than gold, wow! 1 tsp has 13 cal. 46% manganese, 11% fiber, and 5% calcium.
Cinnamon helps in making a great tea latte. Simmer some cinnamon sticks in warm soy milk, add some maple syrup or agave and enjoy.
- Turmeric: well know for relieving the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. It’s also an effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease. Turmeric is also said to help ease the pain of cystic fibrosis, improve liver and brain function, and lower cholesterol. 2 tsp has 16 cal. 4% fiber, 5% vitamin B6, 10% iron, 17% manganese, 3% cooper, and 3% potassium. In the UK it’s known as the Queens spice.
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Here is another way to enjoy Turmetic: cut cauliflower florets in half sauté in span with a generous spoonful of turmeric for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Toss cauliflower with a little olive oil, sea salt and pepper to taste.
- Ginger: has long been known for being effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal disease. Ginger is also said to fight the flu and the common cold. May also reduce menstrual pain, lower cholesterol, improve brain health, and fight infections. Ginger is very effective against oral bacteria, inflammation of the gums, gingivitis, and periodontitis. Research has also shown that ginger may inhibit the growth of. certain types of cancer cells. 1tbsp has 5 cal. 3% iron, 8% vitamin c, 8% B6, 8% fiber, 2% calcium, 11% copper, 11% manganese, and 11% magnesium.
Who would like some Ginger Lemonade…I know I would. Here’s a quick recipe for some. Add fresh squeezed lemon juice, fresh grated ginger, and sweetener of choice to a pitcher of cold spring or filtered water. Stir. Pour into a tall glass of ice and enjoy.
- Curry: is know to be a mood enhancer , could it be because of its wonder smell?! Curry may also boost your immune system, reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and heart disease, improve circulation, reduce pain and blood pressure. 1 tsp has 6.5 cal. .5% protein, 1% calcium, 3.3% iron, 4.3% magnesium, .9% potassium, .5% zinc, 2.7% fiber, 1.2% B6, 1.58% vitamin E, 2.5% vitamin K.
Now something yummy to do with it. How about a sandwich on nice toasted sprouted bread? OK. Toast two slices of sprouted bread, spread almond butter on one piece and orange marmalade on the other. Shake a few dashes of curry on the marmalade bread and put some fresh basil on the almond butter bread. Put the two sliced together and enjoy.
- Ground Cloves: cloves have been used for 2,000 years. They are nutrient dense and anti- inflammatory. Cloves can help prevent toxicity from environmental pollutants such as carbon. May help to relieve upper respiratory infections, improve digestion, and have also been thought to have a natural anti- parasite function. Cloves are a popular home remedy for arthritis and sore muscles, used in a hot bath. Cloves have been used in dentistry to relieve general gum pain, as an analgesic for toothaches, and as a natural breath freshener. 2 tbsp has 12 cal, 127 %manganese, 7% vitamin K, 6% fiber, 3% iron, 3% magnession, and 3% calcium.
Add cloves and cinnamon to warm apple cider. I love to add cloves to my oatmeal. It smells so good and adds a wonderful flavor.
Well I think that’s about it for this post. Don’t want to send you into Super Food Spices overload.
If you check out my Golden Milk recipe post, you will see a lot of these spices are in it. If you haven’t tried Golden Milk yet you should give it a try. The best thing about it is you can add any amount of spice or any spices you want to it. I wouldn’t deviate to far from the recipe if it your first time trying it.
I hope you found this post helpful and try some of this spice. Once you start using them you will discover so many things to use them in. Play around with them, have fun.
If you try any of this spices or recipes, or come up with recipes of your own please let me know. Your questions and comments are always welcomed!