Spices not only add an immense amount of flavor to foods, but also provide inherent health benefits that allow you to forego less-healthy seasonings like added sugars, salt, and saturated fats. Consider incorporating these spices into your cabinet for their delicious, versatile flavors and numerous health properties.
Turmeric The health benefits of turmeric are so powerful, yet often overlooked because of it’s complex unique flavor. It’s earthy, warm, slightly peppery and sometimes bitter. It’s your coconut curry’s best friend and it’s what gives many Indian and Middle Eastern dishes their rich golden hue. Turmeric has high amounts of nutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds. The spice is especially rich in manganese, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, calcium and vitamin B. Don’t shy away from using turmeric because of its seemingly limited uses – get adventurous and add a dash to soups, stews, poultry rubs, grains, or smoothies (why not?).
Cinnamon A natural blood sugar stabilizer, cinnamon is chock full of anti-inflammatory properties and nutrients. Just a little bit per day (think ½ teaspoon) yields a significant drop in blood sugar, and reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well. Cinnamon also reduces cellular inflammation—a key age accelerator. Aside from its anti-aging benefits, cinnamon is also easily incorporated into a variety of dishes, both sweet and savory. The warming, spicy flavor of cinnamon makes it a good complement to winter foods like stews, as well as spicy foods like curries. It’s also baked goods staple (think banana bread and granola).
Garlic Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, garlic not only tastes delicious but also has proven health benefits. Nutrition-wise, garlic is a great source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, and selenium. The spice also has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties – making it ideal for boosting the immune system and treating cold symptoms. Garlic is extremely versatile: you can add it to salad dressings, soups, marinades, meats – the list is almost limitless.
Here at SmoothTech Pro, we’re all about skin care. Our skin is the largest detoxification organ in our body so everything we digest shows up on our skin. If you eat greasy french fries, you’ll most likely have breakouts within a couple of days. On the other hand, if you eat good-for-you, nourishing foods your skin will thank you by staying clear, radiant and wrinkle-free. Nourishing our bodies from the inside will always show on the outside, therefore the most important thing you can do to get healthy skin now is to start from the inside. Try incorporating these nutrient-dense foods into your diet:
Chock full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, avocados soften and moisturize your skin from the inside out, preventing redness and irritation. Avocados are also rich in vitamin C and E which both have strong antioxidant properties and help to maintain the skin’s structure and firmness.
High in omega-3s, salmon is one of the best sources of the essential fatty acids that combats dryness and inflammation. Inflammation is one of the main causes of acne, so pack your diet with these omega-3s to keep your skin clear.
Blueberries yield countless nutrients to protect and maintain your skin. They contain a significantly higher amount of antioxidants than most foods which repair damaged skin cells, fight free radicals and shield your skin from future damage.
These seeds have some of the highest counts of vitamin E around and vitamin E helps to slow down the aging of skin cells. This powerful antioxidant heals and protects the skin, which will keep you looking younger longer.
Begin incorporating these foods into your meals and think of it as a good skin diet. One bite at a time, your skin will soon be fresh and replenished.
Mushrooms are one of those overlooked, underestimated foods. They’re actually superfood stars known for their health benefits and adaptogenic powers. Often thought of as vegetables, mushrooms actually fall into the fungus category, but don’t be alarmed, this just means that they have no roots, seeds, flowers or leaves. Mushrooms are often overlooked as a simple topping for pizza, but mushrooms are nutritional powerhouses offering great health benefits. The following three types of mushrooms are especially beneficial to incorporate into your diet.
Shiitake mushrooms are known for immune boosting powers and as a great source of non-animal iron for those who don’t eat meat. They are also rich in vitamins B and are a good source of zinc. Shiitake mushrooms have a rich, smoky flavor that pairs well with meats like steak and lamb. For vegetarians, shiitake mushrooms are rich enough to substitute for meat in a dish like grilled vegetables skewers or a risotto.
Cordyceps are known for its restorative and cancer preventative properties. It can be found whole or dried and easily added to soups and stews. Or, it can be bought as an extract in liquid or capsule form for easy, frequent ingestion. If you need immunity support and overall energy and performance support, take cordyceps regularly to maintain overall wellness.
Also known as “hen of the woods” because it grows in large, feather-like clusters, Maitake has anticancer, antiviral and immune supporting properties. Maitake also helps to maintain regular blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Saute them in some heart-healthy olive oil and garlic to compliment a roasted chicken, or place them atop a thin-crust pizza with seasonal vegetables and sprinkle with parmesan.
Incorporate these three varieties of mushrooms into your diet to support your overall well being and create some new, exciting dishes!