Many of us rely on salt and pepper as the only seasonings for our food. When these old standards aren’t enough to please the palate, we tend to reach for butter, cheese, and fat-laden dressings to perk up a meal. However, there’s a much healthier alternative!
Using herbs and spices will not only make your food tastier, they can also promote good health. Studies show that some herbs and spices have health benefits in addition to their unique flavors. Many provide antioxidants, which may help prevent against cancer and heart disease. Keep in mind that large amounts of herbs may be needed for health benefits, but spicing up your diet can help you cut back on unhealthy additions.
Garlic has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Herbs like cayenne pepper and ginger may aid in digestion and alleviate gastrointestinal discomfort. Cinnamon has been shown to increase blood flow in the stomach, which may help to prevent ulcers. In addition, topping meals with herbs and spices instead of the usual condiments will help cut back on salt, sugar, and fat while still keeping the flavor.
Here are some suggestions to incorporate herbs and spices into every meal:
|Breakfast||Sprinkle cinnamon on oatmeal or whole wheat toast|
|Lunch||Vamp up soups with thyme and oregano or toss salads with
|Dinner||Add salsa or rosemary to a baked potato|
|Snack||Sprinkle popcorn with paprika, chili powder or garlic|
|Beverages||Sample a variety of spiced herbal teas|
|Dessert||Sprinkle some nutmeg onto apples or pears|