The Benefits Of Using Turmeric In Your Diet

Turmeric also known as Curcuma longa is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian culture. Medically it has been used as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic. It is said that the Curcumin that is found in Turmeric can help with bowel disease, provide relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis, prevent cancer and inhibit cancer cell growth, it also helps those with Cystic Fibrosis, it reduces the risk of childhood Leukemia, it improves liver functions, and so much more!! 

What does Turmeric taste like?

Turmeric has a pungent and bitter flavor, and can be found as a main ingredient in a lot of mustard's and curry.

How I use Turmeric:

  1. I love making turmeric rice.
  2. Turmeric is also a key seasoning in my fish stews.
  3. I like to sprinkle a little turmeric on some red potatoes with butter and garlic salt.
  4. And give turmeric milk tea a try! You might be pleasantly surprised.

So this week I encourage you to give turmeric a try! Add a little to your meals, or even try making a tea out of it! Your body will thank you later!

Herbs And Spices Every Mom Should Have

Herbs and Spices

If you know me, you know I am all about my seasonings, so much so that my goal is to have closet full different seasonings! Why? Because seasoning will bring anything, and I do mean anything you make to life! Every chance I get, on my weekly grocery haul to the farmers market, I generally buy 1-2 new seasonings to try. I believe that one way to pull you out of that little limited culinary box is to experiment with different seasonings. Heck, you can make the same baked chicken, spinach, and rice every day for a week straight, and every meal will be different simply from just using different seasonings! See, it's easy to step out of your culinary comfort zone without fearing failure!

So, I decided every week to list my favorite seasonings and herbs that every mother should have in her pantry, and 5 reasons why! This is just the 1st step... the baby step... of getting you out of that normal routine of cooking the same meals over and over.

 This week’s seasoning/herb is Sage.

Benefits of sage

 

5 Reasons Why You Should Use Sage:

 1. Anti-Oxidant/Anti-Inflammatory Actions:
Sage is high in antioxidant and can help protect the body's cells from damage caused by free radicals.

2. Better Brain Functions:
Sage has been said to also improve memory in young healthy adults, and boost brain functions.

3. Improving Alzheimer:
Using sage extract, it has been proven to improve patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer disease.

4. Lower Blood Glucose and Cholesterol:
Sage leaf extract has also been proven to lower blood glucose and cholesterol.

5. Women’s Health:
Sage can be used for painful menstrual periods, to correct excessive milk flow during nursing, and to reduce hot flashes during menopause.

 

What does Sage taste like?
Sage has a sharp but warm flavor.

 

what does sage taste like

How I use Sage:

  1. I generally use ground sage to season my meats like poultry and fish.
  2. I use ground sage also in couscous; the warm flavor pairs well with couscous.
  3. You can add a bit of ground sage or sage leaves to your stews.
  4. And because sage has a pleasant aroma, so you can purchase Sage extracts and create Sage fragrance soaps or incense! 

So this week give sage a try, its a simple ingredient loaded with warm delicious flavor!

5 Reasons Why You Should Use Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a very well know and common seasoning that is seen and used everywhere. Its flavor profile is what can be considered a "sweet spice", although it is not technically sweet like sugar; which brings me to my first reason why you should incorporate cinnamon into your diet!

 1. Flavor Enhancer:
Cinnamon has been shown to mimic the sweetness of sugar, which can help you to cut back on your sugar intake. 

2. Blood Sugar Control:
Consuming a little Cinnamon extract daily has been said to be helpful in reducing the risk factors associated with diabetes. In Type-2 diabetics, it has been shown to improve their ability to response to insulin, normalizing their blood sugar levels.

3. Speeds Up Metabolism:
Cinnamon reduces the body's negative responses to eating high fat meals. It has the ability to alter the metabolism of sugar and carbohydrates, helping you body to better use the carbohydrates so that they don't turn into excess fat. This is perfect if you are dieting... hence that lemon, cayenne pepper cinnamon diet/detox.

4. Brain Functions:
Cinnamon is also said to boost brain functions. It has been proven to enhance virtual recognition memory, working memory, and visual motor speed.

5. Calcium & Fiber:
Cinnamon is a great source of calcium and fiber, helping to reduce the risk of colon cancer.

 

what does cinnamon taste like

What does Cinnamon taste like?
Cinnamon has both a sweet and woody flavor.

 

How I use Cinnamon.

1.      I sprinkle a little in cinnamon in coffee grounds before brewing, or I will sprinkle a little in my teas and lattes as well.

2.      If you want to get off coffee highly recommend you to try warm vanilla Hemp Milk and Cinnamon... OMG, my favorite!

3.      I love the flavor of cinnamon and chicken! I generally mix it with a few of my other favorite seasoning for chicken.

4.      You can add a little cinnamon to pancake batter.

5.      You can also add a little cinnamon in with store bought marinara pasta sauce.

So this week I challenge you guys to try using cinnamon in a new way. With all the benefits that cinnamon possesses, you would be missing out by not taking advantage of it.