7 Healthy Must Have Spices to Add to Your Pantry - Rivertea Blog
Monica Munteanu | On 20, Jun 2013
What would life be like without spices? We’re not talking figuratively – imagine the day by day tasteless saga we would be facing without a pinch of salt in hand to sprinkle over our fries.
We take it for granted because they`re only tiny ingredients that seem to make no difference, though infinitely important. It makes the difference between a good and a great dish and traditional cuisines from every part of the world are built on just one or two tasty herbs. Apart from the aroma and sensorial pleasure, spices secretly hold a number of health benefits that our body would go crazy for.
Take a look at the following list of 7 spices that will do wonders for your cooking, as well as your body.
1. Ground ginger
It has a melodic tune to it and, though strange in taste, ginger is a repeated source of wellbeing. It is known mostly for its super powers in combating colds, mild coughs and stomach troubles, but also does wonders for a stuffy nose. Why go to the pharmacy when you can just walk a few feet to the pantry? If you’re feeling sore from the gym take 2 grams of ginger daily to releave any muscle pain you may be having. It goes great in vegan recipes, but also in cookies.
This Mediterranean spice is a great source of iron and aids people with diabetes in keeping their blood sugar levels in check. That’s not all, cumin is also a fighter…against bacteria, so it can prevent stomach ulcers. It’s featured in the Mexican, Mediterranean, Indian, Middle Eastern and Chinese cuisines. Cumin goes as a great replacer for a more expensive black pepper so you can treat it as such and add it to whatever may cross your mind.
One of ginger’s closest cousins, turmeric is traditionally used in India and other parts of Asia for different wounds in order to speed up the healing process. It also does wonders for respiratory problems and has anti-inflammatory properties. An easiest way to add it to your diet is by using it when cooking rice. Add half a teaspoon to a cup of rice and boil until the water has disappeared and you got yourself a delicious and light meal.
This omnipresent baking ingredient should never be out of stock in your kitchen. It comes either stick or ground and it has been used for as many as 2500 years, dating back to ancient Greece and Rome. Cinnamon is loaded with iron, calcium, manganese and even fiber and contains antioxidants that protect your cells against damage caused by free radicals. What’s more it takes care of your need for sweets. When added to tea, coffee or fruit it eliminates the need for any alternative sweeteners.
A favorite of the Italian cuisine, oregano is a prime provider of antioxidants, as well as an important source of vitamin K, iron, omega 3 and fiber. What’s more oregano oil contains antibacterial and antiviral properties, and is useful for treating skin infections. Buy it fresh from the market and ass it to your favorite pizza or spaghetti recipes.
This minty herb is full of antioxidants, like thymol, lavonoids apigenin, naringenin, luteolin, and thymonin. Thyme oil is effective in reducing bacteria completely in under 60 minutes. You can brew it to make tea and have yourself an old remedy used for respiratory issues. Add it to soups, sauces and it even pairs up nicely with scrambled eggs.
Rosemary is one of the most aromatic herbs. In ancient Greece, scholars wore garlands made out of this spice to help them study. A study from 2010 found that it reduces carcinogenic compounds produced by cooked meat. It’s rich in antioxidants and fights off bacteria like a super hero. It’s best when used to marinade meats and poultry.
Stack up and start cooking. Your taste buds will be plenty thankful and you will never have to deal with another dull dish again. In addition, you’ll have your very own secret healing remedies to improve your lifestyle and have a longer, more fulfilling life.
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