Healthy Cooking: 5 Spices to Try

Spice up your life! Incorporating spices into your diet has numerous health benefits for people of all ages. Cooking healthy is made easier when you introduce different flavors into your favorite meals.

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You don’t have to stick with just salt and pepper. Get your creative juices flowing in the kitchen with these five exciting and delicious spices.

Garam masala

This warm and fragrant Indian spice blend can add sweet heat to many of your favorite dishes. Garam masala is made of different ingredients such as coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Because of its unique blend of rich and complex flavors, garam masala is a perfect salt substitute. Try it when cooking pork, poultry, fish, potatoes, soups and stews.

Smoked paprika

Made with various types of roasted chili or bell peppers, smoked paprika has a rich, smoky flavor with just a touch of heat. This spice is an antioxidant and helps prevent cellular damage that can lead to chronic health problems such as arthritis and heart disease.

Oregano

Oregano is chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help aid in regulating clotting, reducing the risk of an irregular heartbeat and protecting against heart disease. Use it in your pasta sauce or as an added topping of your pizza.

Celery seed

Celery seed is a slightly bitter, more concentrated form of the crispy, crunchy vegetable. This spice is common in coleslaw and potato salads, and contains plenty of iron and calcium. Add it instead of salt to your soups, stews and casseroles, or in marinades for burgers, chicken and steaks before cooking.

Coriander

This herb’s seeds have a toasty and slightly lemony flavor that are perfect for dressings and marinades, as well as an assortment of cakes, pies and other baked goods. Coriander improves digestion, reduces skin inflammation and helps lower cholesterol.

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