While we’ve all heard that eating healthy is essential to reducing the risk of chronic and progressive disease, many Americans still choose to not take this lifestyle recommendation to heart. When asked, many American families simply say they do not like the flavor of healthy foods, often citing the lack of enjoyment to their taste buds.
When considering a lifestyle change, to more healthy eating habits, consider using the following spices and herbs to not only boost the flavor of your bland healthy foods, but also to add an additional effective method for boosting health.
As a great addition to dishes that incorporate vegetables and fish, ginger provides not only an added “kick” to your taste buds but also improves your health. Ginger is believed to contain an anti-inflammatory property, commonly referred to as “gingerol” that will provide healing for those who suffer from, or are at risk for, arthritis. Additionally, if you suffer from gastrointestinal complications, that may produce nausea and vomiting, ginger is also known to alleviate those complications as well. So, with your next shrimp dish or pumpkin pie, add plenty of ginger for a powerful health punch.
Also part of the ginger herb, turmeric is a component found in curry, found in many Middle Eastern dishes. When moving to healthier lifestyle, consider making those dishes of Middle Eastern origin, and add turmeric as a nutritional additive that will also boost the taste bud response. As a natural antioxidant, there is some research to suggest that regular doses of turmeric may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, improve the immune system and, like Ginger, can alleviate gastrointestinal complications.
One of my favorite spices! Added to almost any healthy dish, cinnamon is sure to please even the most finicky of eaters. I add cinnamon to fresh apples but it can be used in, literally, any dish. From chicken to dairy products, cinnamon can boost the flavor of any bland, healthy dish or dessert. In addition to its versatility, cinnamon is also known to be a great way to regulate blood glucose levels and even works to assist those with Type 2 diabetes who may have greater difficulty in regulating blood glucose levels. Additionally, just the simple smell of cinnamon can boost attention and memory with many families using it as an air freshener in their homes.
While eating healthy is a lifestyle choice that many American families intend to do, it is often very difficult to achieve. With busy schedules and finicky taste buds, we often find that healthy eating habits are, well, quite boring. To add more excitement to your diet, consider using these spices in your dishes and even carry a little with you to add to your healthy entrees at your favorite restaurant.