Herbs and spices – many are rich in nutrients
Up until I started studying to become a nutrition coach I had no idea that herbs and spices were more than just a way to make food taste better. I saw them as just something that might be nice to add to a meal if you wanted it to taste good.
I was blown away when I found out that many herbs and spices are absolute power houses in terms of nutritional value. They do not add many calories in most cases but they can really add a lot of nutrients. That is my aim every day – to eat food that has a high nutritional value – what it can do for your body and how it makes you feel.
Here are a few common herbs and spices with their benefits:
Turmeric – contains curcumin which is known for its anti-inflammatory effects- it can also improve brain function, reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease and relieve arthritis.
Ginger – also has anti inflammatory effects and can help reduce pain. It can also be used to lessen nausea.
Rosemary – can suppress allergic reactions and nasal congestion.
Garlic – well known for combatting sickness, can reduce cholesterol, benefit heart health and lower blood pressure.
Cinnamon – fights inflammation and can lower blood sugar levels.
Sage – can improve memory and the way your brain functions.
Cumin – is rich in iron and there is some research to suggest that it could help with weight loss.
This list could go on and on. Herbs and spices contain a lot of vitamins and minerals that our body needs. So look for every opportunity to add fresh herbs and spices to your meals.