I’ve been using a variety of spices in my meals for years. I love experimenting with different flavors and taking something like a burger or chicken and simply by changing the spice blends I use, they become entirely different meals.
Spices are nutritional powerhouses as well. For instance a half teaspoon of cinnamon – the one you find in your grocery store – will help balance blood sugar. Turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory. In fact, I’ve used it for overuse injuries and it’s better than NSAIDs – without the side effects.
Grilling meats can produce harmful, cancer-causing chemical compounds. Research has found that by marinating the protein in an acid based marinade (lemon or another citrus juice, vinegar) and using spices like turmeric, rosemary and ginger you can reduce those harmful compounds by up to 40%!
Common black pepper is awesome. It contains piperine, which increases the benefit of any other spice it is combined with. For example when black pepper is mixed with turmeric it increased the effectiveness of turmeric 1000%! I add black pepper to almost all my spice blends. I put sage, rosemary, turmeric, chipotle powder and black pepper in my egg white omelet today – delicious!
Chinese 5 Spice Powder is a great go-to spice as it contains cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg and black pepper! Those are among the most powerful spices all in one blend.
Experiment for yourself – it’s an easy and delicious way to make your meals healthier. Why else do you think they say variety is the “spice” of life?