17

7 Healthy Herbs and Spices and Exciting Ways to Cook Them

We often relate the phrase “eating healthy” with consuming more greens and fruits, but did you know that herbs and spices (that you may already be using) provide powerful health benefits while enhancing the flavour in your dishes? Read on to find out the benefits of our top 7 healthy herbs and spices and how you can incorporate them in your meals!

1. Ginger

144

The most common spice available in every household is ginger. Whether it’s used to spice up your meal or add an aromatic smell to your dish, ginger has many beneficial properties that can improve your overall health. 

Feeling a little bloated after a super-filling meal? Brew your favourite black or green tea in a Thermos®Mug and add some ginger slices to it. This can improve your digestion and reduce bloatedness. 

2. Tumeric

145
Photo credit: Foodandwine.com 

Often found in curry dishes, this superfood spice is well-known for its medicinal properties. Turmeric comes with an anti-inflammatory benefit that reduces the aggravation and pain in your joints. Additionally, it has antioxidant properties that can improve your liver function. This Tumeric chicken and rice recipe is a great way to start incorporating turmeric in your meals.

3. Rosemary

146
Photo credit: Foodnetwork.com

Get your dose of vitamins with Rosemary! This aromatic herb contains vitamins A, B6, and C. It’s also high in fibre, which can increase in bile flow and improve digestion. Adding rosemary to this simple roasted baby potatoes recipe will not only add flavour in the dish but also perfume up your kitchen with the herb’s fragrance! We can all agree food becomes more appetising when you can smell it from a mile away!

4. Cumin

147
Photo credit: bbc.co.uk 

Due to its earthy flavour, cumin is a staple seed ingredient in many recipes and often used to deepen the flavour profile in various types of cuisines. Packed in vitamin C, cumin is a powerful immune-booster. It also contains vitamin E, which is great for achieving healthy and glowing skin. Start today by adding cumin to your roasted vegetables and give it a spicy-yet-earthy twist.

5. Parsley

148
Photo Credit: Food Republic

Parsley is more than just a garnish, it’s also a superfood! Just like most leafy greens, parsley is fantastic for you because it’s a concentrated source of nutrients and antioxidants. It even acts as a natural diuretic and can help you shed some water weight. This one-step parsley and lemon pesto sauce is packed with minerals that are great for your family’s overall health!

6. Cinnamon

149

We bet you’ve never thought that spices could go well with sweets and fruits! Sprinkling some cinnamon on your raw or baked fruits as part of your dessert can help give your body a healthy boost. Cinnamon is a great spice for managing blood sugar levels and has properties that can rid the body of toxins. Bake a tray of healthy cinnamon rolls for your family and enjoy a hearty dessert filled with antioxidants.

7. Sage

150
Photo credit: relish.com

This simple grow at-home herb doesn’t just smell great, it tastes phenomenal too. Consuming sage helps boost one’s cognition abilities, so whether you choose to consume it or inhale its scent, you can always expect a brain boost that’ll help increase memory recall and retention. This 5 ingredient easy-to-make pasta recipe might just ignite your love for sage!

6 Common Nutrient Deficiencies You Can Avoid With These Ingredients

June 23, 2020

Our body requires many different vitamins and minerals that are crucial to our development.

8 Stay Home Activities To Do With Dad This Father’s Day

June 12, 2020

Be it Dad, Daddy, Pops, or Pa, dads are more than just a fatherly figure...

7 Tips to Getting Through The Flu Season

May 26, 2020

Being down with the flu is an annoying and sometimes unbearable experience to go through.