Spices make everything better. They make bland food taste yummy, basic dishes turn exotic and cold dishes warm from the inside out. Not to mention, many spices are actually powerhouses of antioxidants (in tiny packaging). So, when winter creeps up into full swing, have these favourites on hand to boost that immune system & warm you up!
Health benefit: Decreases inflammation and lessens nausea
Uses: Try fresh grated in a stirfry or in a hot tea at the first signs of a sore throat
Health benefit: Balances blood sugar levels
Uses: add to breakfast foods like smoothies or oatmeal to help keep hunger in check
** make sure you buy the Ceylon not Cassia variety**
Health benefit: Powerful antioxidant and digestive aid
Uses: anytime you use cinnamon add a pinch! Feel like you’re getting sick? Chew on a clove or two.
Health benefit: Antioxidant, helps the body absorb turmeric
Uses: Anything and everything—be sure to use the freshly grated!
Health benefit: Immune boosting, blood pressure lowering, improve circulation
Uses: The benefit from garlic comes from the raw, chopped form. So cook with a bit for flavor first, then stir in some raw pieces at the end. Can’t get the taste out of your mouth afterward? Try chewing on parsley or a couple coffee beans.
What’s your must-have spice for the cold weather?