Discover how to use spices in food to improve your health today!
How to Use Cayenne Pepper:
Are you brave enough for this hot & spicy pepper. The powerful spice of cayenne has gained buzz for being in cleansing and detoxifying regimens which use the spice to stimulate circulation and neutralize acidity. The hotness produced by cayenne is caused by its high concentration of a substance called capsaicin. It helps fight inflammation, relieve pain, clear congestion, boost immunity, lose weight, and prevent stomach ulcers.
- Add 1/8 of a teaspoon to scrambled eggs
- Sprinkle in Greek yogurt for a creamy zesty dip
- Add it to your morning green juice for an extra kick. Try: Cucumber, lemon, kale, & tomato juice
The Super Spice is known for its anti-viral properties and it is digestion friendly. An ancient Indian proverb states that everything good is found in ginger. Ginger is particularly effective for motion sickness: In fact, studies show it’s even more effective than the prescription drug Dramamine. Improve your digestion with a grate of ginger.
Two Excellent Uses of Ginger:
- Ginger & Herb Rice- When you discover how to use spices you open up a brand new way to improve your health! Cook basmati rice, take the lid off the pan, quickly stir in finely chopped garlic, ginger, green chilies, and fresh cilantro leaves- the burst of flavor and fragrance will drive your senses crazy with desire!
- Ginger in Your Juice: ‘Grate’ idea- grate some ginger root and put it in your juicer, along with carrots and apples and a little lemon juice. Totally yummy, and of course, so good for you!
Recipes adapted from : Foodmatters.tv
How to Use Flavor-Filled Mint:
Mint is used around the world to calm digestive troubles and alleviate nausea. This herb is easiest to consume in beverage form (such as a tea) or you can include it in your smoothie. Check out the great recipe above.
How to Use Oregano: Oregano is among the highest in antioxidants of any dried herbs and it can go seamlessly and infuse tons of earthy flavor into everyday foods.
This herb contains no cholesterol but is a rich source of dietary fiber which helps to control blood cholesterol levels. Oregano is one of the cornerstones of a healthy Mediterranean diet in addition to olive oil, fish, and a lot of greens, herbs and veggies.
Two fast ways to add oregano to your diet:
- Sprinkle dried oregano over a delicious Greek salad: Chop cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, crumble feta, kalamata olives, add a drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon and enjoy!
- Oregano & Arugula Pesto: 1/2 cup of fresh oregano, (washed, dried, & stemmed), 1 cup of arugula, 2-3 fresh garlic cloves, 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil, salt & pepper. Add everything except the oil to a food processor or blender. Pour in oil one tablespoon at a time until you get your desired consistency. Serve over spaghetti squash, drizzle over sliced tomatoes, or over anything you like!
How to Use Turmeric: Turmeric is a bright yellow spice that comes from curcumin. It could ignite your bodies immune system, put the breaks on aging and help maintain normal cholesterol levels. It most often appears in Indian cuisine because its flavor is enhanced by curry, cumin, and citrus.
Spice up your dinner with turmeric on a skirt steak or add a pinch to an egg-white omelet for breakfast.