Spice it Up

How do you season your food? Are you only using salt and pepper? If you only use salt and pepper you are missing out on the great benefits spices can offer to you. A spice is a seed, fruit, root, bark, or other plant substance used for flavoring, coloring, or preserving food.

Some people believe that spices offer health benefits. For instance, there is the belief that cinnamon reduces inflammation and lowers blood sugar. There are also studies that show cinnamon helps to curve cravings and helps with weight loss. I try to purchase cereal that is low in sugar. I add cinnamon to give it flavor. You can also add cinnamon to oatmeal and plain yogurt. Rosemary is said to boost memory. I have a recipe for buttermilk chicken that when I first prepared it I felt something was missing. I tried the recipe again and added rosemary. It took the recipe to another level. Turmeric has a reputation for reducing inflammation and pain. I use it with my eggs. According to a study from the National Institutes of Health, saffron contains components that act like an antidepressant. You can add saffron to rice or poultry.

Because spices add flavor to your food they can assist you with reducing less healthy ingredients like salt and sugar. There are numerous spices you can try. I experiment with different spices to see if I like them. You can try recipes that include spices. There are numerous recipes on the Internet. There are spice recipes for chicken, fish, rice, etc. I purchase Spice Island spices from the grocery store. Their products are reasonably priced. The price allows me to experiment. There are also stores like Penzeys that specialize in spices.

If you feel your food could use more flavor and you are looking to try something different. Adding spices could be just what you need to improve the taste of your food. You will just need to take the time and find out what works best for you.

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