We’re about three weeks into the new year now, and already resolutions to eat better are crumbling in the face of the Valentine’s Day cookie displays.
No? Just mine? Okay, then.
But what I’m getting at is that if your salad is starting to look less and less appealing as your lunch hour wears on, there are plenty of ways to improve your diet and add delicious flavor to your meals at the same time.
Here’s a selection of eight of the yummiest spices you can add to your life and the wonderful things they’ll do for you.
It’s not just for tea, guys! Ginger is a great accompaniment to seafood and chicken recipes, and it’s also great for digestive issues, helping reduce gastrointestinal irritation and nausea. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and (this is the real kicker) can help alleviate severe period cramps. Yay ginger!
Cinnamon got a bad rap a few years ago when the cinnamon challenge went viral on YouTube, and while the challenge itself is dangerous, the issue is really with inhaling cinnamon powder, not consuming it. As a yummy addition to anything from oatmeal and cookies to more savory dishes, cinnamon has numerous potential health benefits including lowering blood sugar levels and preventing Alzheimer’s.
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As a great source of fiber, fennel can help ease colon issues such as constipation, diarrhea and flatulence (and let’s be real here, we all have these issues sometimes. You can admit it.) And if you’re in the market for breast implants, you can incorporate some fennel seeds into your diet instead – these babies help increase the development of new cells and tissue in the breast. Who knew? Bonus: crushed fennel seeds in boiling water make a hair rinse that can help reduce dandruff and strengthen your lovely locks.
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If you put this baby in your sauces and vinaigrettes, you’ll have a delicious accompaniment to your meals that has antioxidants and vitamin K. If you put it on your face, it’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties can help clear ill-timed breakouts. Healthy inside, beautiful outside – score!
Another great anti-inflammatory, turmeric is also an antioxidant that can help fight and prevent cancer. It can also improve digestion and help with weight loss.
6. Cayenne pepper
This stuff is so good at relieving pain, you can actually buy capsules and topical creams of it for pain relief. Cayenne can also help weight loss, burning calories and suppressing appetite. It’s also great for skin – you can use it as a body scrub by adding it to mix of olive oil and salt.
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Cloves are really potent when it comes to killing bacteria – they’ve been shown to be effective against the bacteria that spreads cholera. They also have anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant properties, help boost the immune system and reduce headaches. They’re basically nature’s Advil, only better.
8. Curry powder
This one’s a bit of cheat, since curry powder is made up of several different spices, including turmeric and cayenne pepper, mentioned above. But that’s why they say there’s power in numbers, and the spices traditionally found in curry powder combine to help fight cancer, lower cholesterol, and detox your body.
So eat and be merry, but remember that there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Moderation is everything!