3 Healthy Spices To Add This Thanksgiving

3 Healthy Spices To Add This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Friends and family gather to spend quality time together and enjoy one of the most highly acclaimed meals of the year. For those of you who plan to wait until after Thanksgiving to be more health conscious, why wait? Although these spices may not be the cure-all formula to healthy living, these are easy ways to add some sort of nutritional value to your Thanksgiving feast. Here are a few spices you should plan to incorporate during the holidays:

CINNAMON:

Potential places to add Cinnamon:

  • Apple Pie

  • Tea

  • Hot Chocolate

  • Coffee

  • Sweet Potatoes

Cinnamon has proven to be very nutritious. It can spark the digestive flame, helps the intestinal tract dispel toxins, promotes better nutrient absorption, aids circulation and otherwise supports kidney, joint and lung health. The list goes on. Not to mention it tastes great in a variety of drinks and dishes. This year you can share the health benefits with your loved ones by offering this spice as an alternative to sugars, sweeteners, and other unnecessary additives.

TURMERIC:

Potential places to add Turmeric:

  • Chicken

  • Steak

  • Rice

  • Tea

  • Potatoes

  • Potato Salad

Brain function, digestion, skin health, join support, the list goes on. This spice is most relevant this Thanksgiving due to its ability to help maintain blood sugar levels. If you plan on eating the extra slice of pie, be sure to keep Turmeric in mind as a definite must-add this Thanksgiving.

GINGER:

Potential places to add Ginger:

  • Tea

  • Soup

  • Fruits and Vegetables

  • Baked Goods (Muffins, Sweet Potato Pie, etc)

When added to a dish, it can easily be recognized due to the zesty flavor it creates. However, it’s zesty flavor isn’t all it is good for! It has proven capabilities to help soothe symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Studies also show that ginger extracts can have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on cells within the body. Also, with the Flu season generally peaking during the holidays due to travel and cold weather, adding ginger to your diet can also help boost your immune system. Ginger can help foster healthy sweating, helping the body to detoxify itself.

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