I don't know about you all, but I LOVE seasonings! I love to add herbs and spices to just about all of my dishes. They are packed with flavor, but did you also know they they are good for you too? Enhance the flavor of your foods with these wholesome seasonings:
Cinnamon: Sprinkle ½ tsp on oatmeal, cereal, sweet potatoes, fruit and yogurt and get as many antioxidants as ¼ cup blueberries! It has shown to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and may help regulate blood sugar (helpful for management of Type 2 Diabetes).
Oregano: I love to put oregano on grilled cheese, pizza, pasta, hamburgers or on top of salads. ½ tsp of this seasoning has as many antioxidants as 3 cups of spinach.
Garlic: This powerhouse of antioxidants has shown to have many disease fighting properties. Furthermore, garlic is so versatile! Mix with roasted vegetables, potatoes, meats, chicken, pasta, hummus...the list can go on and on! I also enjoy roasting garlic cloves: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Peel away the outer layers of the garlic bulb skin, leaving the skins of the individual cloves intact. Cut off ¼ to a ½ inch of the top of cloves, exposing the individual cloves of garlic. Place the garlic heads in a muffin pan. Drizzle 2 teaspoons of olive oil over each head. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 400°F for 30-35 minutes, or until the cloves feel soft when pressed. YUM!
Turmeric: This is widely known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Its bright yellow color helps to add flavor as well as color to many different dishes. Turmeric can be found in curries, egg salads, and rice dishes.
Cayenne Pepper: Known to help reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels, cayenne pepper is used in many spicy dishes. I love cayenne pepper in chili, marinades, chicken dishes and anything that I want to give an extra kick to! Some studies even show that cayenne pepper can help speed up metabolism. Just another great reason to add some to your favorite recipes!