Healthy Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices add flavour and variety to meals – and they can bring a whole range of health benefits too.  This infographic features seven popular herbs and spices – that can make your food taste good while it does you good.

Cloves are great in a meat or vegetarian tagine, adding an exotic sweet flavour and providing a powerful punch of antioxidants (which we know are important for protecting your body against damage from every day life).

Oregano is a very Italian flavour, working well with tomato-based soups and stews.  Its oil is often used in herbal medicine and nutritional therapy as an antibacterial, helping to protect against infection.

Ginger is a warming spice, providing gentle heat in stir fries or simply infused in hot water.  It’s often used to calm symptoms of travel sickness and even morning sickness in pregnancy.

Cinnamon is often a winter spice, adding a seasonal flavour to anything from mulled wine to apple pie to porridge.  It may play a role in helping to manage blood sugar levels.

Turmeric is a vivid yellow spice, often found in Indian recipes.  Curcumin is the component of turmeric often used therapeutically.  It has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to help reduce symptoms in a range of conditions like psoriasis.  Add it to anything from houmous to soups and stews and even a glass of milk (this might be an acquired taste!).

Rosemary is another Mediterranean herb which tastes great when added to tomato-based dishes and roast vegetables.  In ancient Greek and Roman cultures it was used to improve memory – students would place rosemary sprigs in their hair during exams.  Though there is no academic research verifying that actually works there is research that suggests the volatile oils in rosemary are potent antioxidants

Mustard is actually part of the same family as broccoli and cabbage and the seeds come in different colours with different flavours and heat.  If you get congested with a cold this winter, try a mustard plaster – make a paste with flour and water and mustard powder and apply to the chest on a thin cloth (but check it often as the skin may blister!)

Many of these herbs and spices are commonly found in savoury dishes but we’re pleased to say a number of our suppliers use them in the healthy snacks delivered in your Nutribox.  Eating even small amounts every day can have some health benefit.

If you want to find out how healthy snacks could help your health find out more here 

We found this infographic at www.undegroundhealthreporter.com

  • Ann White
  • 10 Sep 2013

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