Healthy eating does not have to be boring. Fresh herbs and spices can add an array of flavor to your food. Using herbs and spices can also take an ordinary healthy dish from good to delicious. In addition, herbs and spices can replace salt lowering the risk of high blood pressure and possibly other diseases such as anti-inflammatory or rheumatic & arthritic conditions. Below are a just a few suggestions of many spices that make healthy cooking interesting and tasty.
Turmeric – often found in curries; add this spice to any dish to get a little “oomph”. Use Turmeric in Chili or other spicy dishes such as roasted veggies, meats, and soups for a wonderful flavor.
Ginger – perfect for savory or sweet flavors. Use Ginger in Stir Fry or add it to Butternut Squash or Sweet Potato soups. Ginger also adds a nice spicy flavor to hot tea.
Thyme – add this spice to soups, stews, and roasted vegetables. Thyme also is a great complement for many vegetables, including tomatoes and roasted potatoes. Thyme can also be used to grill and/or oven roast fish such as sea bass. You can also add Thyme to roasted and grilled meats. It marries well with Sage and Rosemary.
Cinnamon – perfect for meat glazes, soups, stews, and squash. It also can enhance hot drinks such as coffee or tea. Another use is putting a little cinnamon in a vanilla protein shake.
Oregano – perfect for adding some flare to ordinary chicken or fish. Oregano can add a bit of variety to dishes for an added, bold hit of flavor.
So do not be afraid to spice it up. What ideas do you have for making healthy eating interesting?