We all love to use spices in our cooking. It helps to increase the flavour of our food and also adds a lovely fragrance that in itself, is appetizing. However, spices, when consumed correctly can also help you treat certain conditions in the human body and strengthen your system against developing illnesses that you may be more prone to otherwise. Here are some of the most commonly used spices and how you can consume them correctly to reap the maximum benefits.
Sweet and Savoury Cinnamon
One of the best ways that you can use cinnamon is by including it in the preparation of sweet potatoes and oatmeal. You can also use it when you cook beef or add a tiny bit of it when you brew your coffee. Another really good pairing with cinnamon would be apples. Apple crumble, tarts, pies or sauce, you cannot go wrong with this combination. Cinnamon is also now being used quite often in cooking lamb and also for lovely butternut squash dishes with a punch. When it comes to dessert the combo of cinnamon and chocolate are tried and tested, long-standing favourites.
Peppery and Nutrition Packed Curcuma Domestica
Curcuma domestica is a lovely peppery and yellow coloured spice that is found most commonly in the form of a fine dust. You can research online for where to find turmeric powder if you do not have access to it in your area. You can add one or two servings of this spice into your protein shake that you have after a good workout. You cannot detect its taste and it will be effective immediately as it gets into your bloodstream. If you want it to be a bit cooked however, incorporate it into any curry or stir-fry. The spice is so versatile that you can use it in any way that you want for any savoury dish.
Refreshingly Funky Ginger
If you have not had ginger tea after a meal, you should. You will feel how much lighter and active you feel because it will help in digesting the food correctly. If you do not like tea try to add this spice to sweet and spicy curries and other recipes because ginger has quite a kick to it. You can tone down this intense flavour only by mixing it with other components of a sweet nature. If you have no gastritis issues and if you feel that you can handle this, you can try out an early morning detox recipe. Mix 2 to 3 grams of ginger with 6 or 8 ounces of water and squeeze a whole lemon into it. Mix in a tiny pinch of sea salt and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. If you have this drink as the first thing you consume when you wake up in the morning, you will essentially be as ‘fit as a fiddle’. These are some of the most common spices that you can use on a daily basis in a wide variety of dishes and claim the health benefits that each one has.