Nothing says the holiday season has begun like the tempting fragrances of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove that waft from the kitchen as our favorite dessert recipes are prepared.
These “superfood” spices do more than just add depth of flavor and aroma to the foods we associate with Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes. They are rich in antioxidants, which stop cell damage. Each spice also provides specific health benefits.
Cinnamon can be found in chili recipes and paired with tomato in Mexican enchilada sauce. This warm spice can lower blood sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol.
Nutmeg can be used to enhance the flavor of spinach and collard greens, white sauces, and mushrooms. This citrusy spice has anti-bacterial properties and can be used to relax muscles and relieve a variety of digestive problems.
Ginger has a pungent flavor and is commonly found in many Asian and Indian recipes like Asian Udon Noodle Soup or East Indian Curry. This versatile spice is often used to ease nausea, motion sickness, and the pain and swelling of arthritis.
Cloves are frequently used to flavor ham and in barbecue sauce recipes. It is also one of the ingredients in garam masala, an Indian spice blend. Clove oil is found in sore throat sprays and mouthwashes because of its anesthetic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Enjoy the mouth-watering flavors and healthy boost these spices bring to you and yours throughout this holiday season.