Cooking can be colourful and smell great! Bring out the flavours and add the spice of nature to your meals. Time and time again we hear healthy eating is ‘boring’ or ‘its too dry with no flavour, I need sauce!’ Try adding some of these herbs and spices to your cooking to bring out lots of flavours with tonnes of health benefits:
Paprika- Made with a combination of many peppers which are great for you and contain up to 9 times more Vitamin C than a tomato. Also rich in caroteinids, which are red and yellow pigments found in vegetables and herbs that impart health benefits. Paprika also helps regulate blood pressure and improves blood circulation aswell as helping normalise the acid within your stomach!
Cinnamon- Tastes fantastic but also regulates blood sugar making it great for diabetics, it also helps stable energy and mood levels! Cinnamon reduces LDL cholesterol levels (bad cholesterol) this will help reduce CV Disease. Fibre, calcium, iron and manganese are also found in cinnamon. Cinnamon can also be effective to females during there menstrul cycle.
Cumin- Studies prove Cumin reduces blood glucose production more than an anti diabetic drug! They also suggest Cumin extract reduces cholesterol, triglycerides and pancreatic inflammation meaning once again, a great spice for a diabetic or for someone looking to burn body fat by increasing their metabolism.
Basil- 2 teaspoons of basil are an equivalent to 60% of you daily vitamin K intake. Basil herbs contain flavonoids which aid fat loss, they also protect white blood cell structures and chromosomes from radiation and oxygen based damage. Therefore basil is a great herb for protecting yourself against environmental damage and furthermore cancers!
Oregano- Aromatic and rich in omega 3 and vitamin K which are essential for insulin management and helping aid fat loss. If your diabetic, we suggest that you combine omega 3 with vitamin K to get the sufficient insulin management protocol, oregano is perfect for this! Oregano also has plenty of anti-bacterial powers and is high in iron, manganese and full of fibre.
Marjoram- Not to be confused with oregano, marjoram is known as the ‘sweeter’ cousin of oregano but comes from the mint family. Marjoram fights against common illnesses such as; food poisoning, tetanus infection, malaria, common colds, mumps and measles.
Thyme- Fresh thyme has one of the highest anti oxidant levels amongst all herbs. The leaves are one of the richest sources of potassium, iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium you can find. 100g of fresh leaves provides you with 75% of your daily manganese intake.
Garlic- Helps with acne because of its antibiotic and blood cleansing properties! Garlic is also proven to lower and fight off the risk of CV disease. Garlic prevents the LDL’s in cholesterol from being oxidised meaning it’s good for lowering bad cholesterol levels.
Chilli- The most important component in chilli is a chemical called capsaicin. Capsaicin lowers blood sugar levels, improves heart health, boosts circulation and thins blood to help prevent against strokes. Chilli also allows you to relax better and clears nasal congestion and limits prostate and stomach cancer. These are just some of its benefits as the list is endless.
Give some of these a try and see how interestingly flavoursome your meals can be, as well as all the health benefits you can reap from them.