Perhaps one of the best parts about trying new exotic recipes is experimenting with unique spices and other flavorful ingredients to create healthy and creative dishes typically only found in pricey specialty restaurants.
Cooking at home makes it much easier to eat meals that are nutritious and good for the body while also slashing price.
Many of us know how good vegetables are for our health, however, not only are spices delicious, but many are also chock-full of health-promoting compounds and phytochemicals that benefit many systems of the body.
Vegetables are notoriously good for us, possessing a wide variety of detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties. A lesser known fact is that the way we prepare them can be important too.
Garlic is one food with powerful medicinal properties, including reducing blood pressure and improving cholesterol levels. Chopping, mincing, crushing, or pressing garlic at room temperature and allowing it to sit for 5-10 minutes can help provide enough time for the enzymes in garlic to interact with one another and boost cardiovascular, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer benefits.
Cooked tomatoes also have cardiovascular, anti-bacterial, and anti-cancer benefits. The cooking process increases lycopene, an antioxidant in tomatoes that may reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and macular degeneration. Cooked tomatoes are also high in Vitamin C and iron.
Cilantro (or coriander) has antimicrobial properties and has been shown to help chelate heavy metals from the body. Most of the Karen’s Spice Kitchen spice packets contain coriander and the dishes made with them are even more delicious when garnished with fresh chopped or whole cilantro leaves.
Spices carry many comparable health benefits. Cinnamon helps to balance blood sugar levels and rid the body of harmful bacteria. One of the compounds in turmeric, curcumin, is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.
Animal studies have shown that curcumin helps to slow the growth of cancer cells. Black pepper contains piperine which aids in the absorption of curcumin into the bloodstream. This is a prime example of how eating a single dish that contains a wide array of spices can have benefits not just to the palate, but to health.
Ginger is another powerful spice contained in most Karen’s Spice Kitchen blends, which helps improve digestion, relieve systemic inflammation, and provide cardiovascular benefits.
And the list doesn’t end here. Karen’s Spice Kitchen spice packets each contain a multitude of healthful spices – up to 18 in every blend! Nearly every ingredient needed to create a Karen’s Spice Kitchen recipe contains potent health-advancing qualities.
Treat your taste buds, and either continue or kick off your healthy eating journey today with the help of Karen’s Spice Kitchen!
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Have a spicy day!