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Add Seeds, Spices & Herbs To Elevate Your Health

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What do all these have in common: Cinnamon, Basil, Paprika, Poppy Seeds, Parsley, Garlic Powder, Pink Himalayan Salt, Pumpkin seeds, Turmeric,  Coconut Flakes, Cayenne, Oregano, Nutmeg, Dill? I keep these medicinal food enhancers in the cupboard right near my stovetop.

My cooking has gradually developed more flavor, the appearance is colorful and beautiful, health benefits are noticeable, and I’m actually having more fun in the kitchen!

Top 5:

Cinnamon~ I sprinkle this spice on everything. Baked goods, coffee and believe it or not even eggs. Some of the benefits of adding even just 1/2 tsp per day to your food:

A daily dose of cinnamon can have positive effects on blood sugar levels, digestion, immunity and more. There are seven kinds of flavonoid compounds in cinnamon, which can be highly effective at combatting inflammation levels throughout the body. Sprinkle now! 🙂

Basil~ One of my absolute favorite herbs. I use basil fresh & dried. Such a great source of magnesium (promotes cardiovascular health by relaxing the blood vessels). Full of vitamin K and manganese, as well as a source of copper and vitamin C, calcium, iron, and folate. And don’t forget how easy it is to whip up a fresh batch of  Basil Pesto (fresh basil leaves, pine nuts, olive oil and Parmesan cheese). Toss with your favorite pasta (I use gluten free brown rice).

Paprika~ Made from the capsicum pepper, this spice is so visually attractive when sprinkled on hard boiled eggs, omelets, casseroles, steamed vegetables and potatoes. Rich in vitamin C and carotenoids, so it’s not just a “pretty” spice! Always choose organic fresh spices if you can find them. 

Poppy Seeds~ I add these little seeds to some of  my baked goods. Packed with nutrients, even at 1 tsp. contains folate, niacin and the minerals calcium, iron and zinc. Sprinkle on casseroles, chicken breasts, homemade bread and even add it to salad dressings. 

Parsley~ I add fresh parsley to my morning shake every day. I don’t taste it at all! But I know I’m doing something very healthy by adding the beautiful green leaves to my Vega Shake.  Parsley can help reduce fluid retention, anemia, high blood pressure, asthma, indigestion and even freshen the breath. I use both fresh as well as the dried version.

Experiment with your recipes, be creative,  have fun, and know that whenever you add some “spice to your life”, you are getting healthier by the meal!

What are your favorites?

To Your Health,

Kathleen

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