Ask The Muscle Cook: What Are Good Spices To Use In A Healthy Diet?
I certainly do! I wish more people thought about cooking with spices. Quite simply, they're a great way to add flavor and additional nutritional benefits to your meals. Plus, they're calorie-free. If that's not spicy, nothing is!
Which spices you use will largely depend on your taste preferences and the food that you're preparing, but some of my favorites are turmeric, cayenne pepper, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg, and mustard.
It's cinnfully delicious!
Among a great number of other health benefits, turmeric can reduce inflammation and help you fight fat. Turmeric may also help lower blood-sugar levels.
Turmeric is great on Asian recipes, and gives your food a nice golden color.
So, if you're looking for some fat-loss help, make your food hot, hot, hot!
(Some like it hot. I love it.)
Ginger is great in stir-fry and can be added to almost any veggie dish for added flavor. It also improves the digestive process and may ease gastric secretions.
She's way better than Mary Ann, anyway.
(Gilligan's Island, anyone? Anyone?)
Black pepper stimulates hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach. Hydrochloric acid is essential for the digestion of proteins and other foods. Without enough hydrochloric acid, your food can sit in your stomach, causing indigestion, gas and other intestinal nasties.
Two teaspoons of black pepper make a great source of manganese and vitamin K.
A sprinkle of nutmeg on your morning chai tea might kick more than your taste buds! Nutmeg has antibacterial properties, which means it might be good at killing mouth bacteria that causes cavities. It's also known to aid digestion and relax muscles.
You can actually have too much of a good thing, though - huge doses of nutmeg may cause psychiatric disorders!
Hot dogs and mustard: the two go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you aren't into eating processed pork by-products, the mustard alone is something you can feel good about putting in your body.
Mustard seeds are nutrient-dense, high in antioxidants, and contain omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Consuming mustard seeds may increase metabolism and lower blood pressure.
Add some mustard seeds to sauces, salads and soups.
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I've been wondering what spices would be helpful to use as I try to cut up. Just hadn't gotten around to searching the net for an answer. Now I have this article sitting here waiting for me. Thanks.
I googled and came across with this dish.Can you please tell me if this is healthy ??It contains almost all the spices but i`m not sure which one to take off.........
Chicken Tikka Masala:
1 cup yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
4 teaspoons salt, or to taste
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
4 long skewers
1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
3 teaspoons salt, or to taste
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and 4 teaspoons salt. Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat a grill for high heat.
Lightly oil the grill grate. Thread chicken onto skewers, and discard marinade. Grill until juices run clear, about 5 minutes on each side.
Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and jalapeno for 1 minute. Season with 2 teaspoons cumin, paprika, and 3 teaspoons salt. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Add grilled chicken, and simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, and garnish with fresh cilantro.