When you think about getting healthy, do you start dreaming about delicious foods that you just can’t wait to dig into?
Well, you should!
The truth is it’s hard to find joy in bland tasting foods, even if those foods would be some of your best allies on your journey to health. In fact, it’s pretty much downright impossible to get healthy when you dread eating the foods that are allowed on your diet plan. How is that way of living ever going to provide the lasting results you desire?
Now, food that’s filled with incredible flavors, well that’s another story!
If you want to have lasting success on your journey to health, bland food that you dread eating just isn’t going to cut it. You need simple foods that aren’t only filled with health boosting ingredients, but that also taste incredibly delicious!
One super simple way to boost the flavors, colors, and aromas in your food is to add more herbs and spices.
Are your pantry and fridge stocked with them?
Adding more herbs and spices to your life is one of the most simple and delicious ways to improve your health and to start looking forward to meal times again.
Here are just a few of the benefits of getting more herbs and spices into your life:
-Lower levels of anxiety
-A stronger immune system
-And just as importantly…Enjoying the foods you eat.
So, how do you get more of these powerhouses of nutrition into your daily routine?
First, make sure you have them readily available. When you think about it, you know you won’t use what you don’t have. So the next time you are out shopping, pick up some new delicious spices and herbs to add to your pantry or fridge. Then, when you get them home, be intentional about getting them into your food and beverages. This is one of the fun ways our family has discovered some new flavors that have quickly become our favorites!
Here are 10 Specific Ways to Add More Flavor and Nutrients to Your Daily Routine:
1. Whip up a simple healthy oil and vinegar dressing and add thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil, and freshly ground black pepper. Or, just sprinkle herbs and spices directly onto your salad.
2. Make a quick Asian Stir Fry and add freshly grated ginger and some Chinese Five Spice. (Oh, and don’t forget the garlic!)
3. When making your smoothies, spice it up. Some of our favorite additions are cloves, ginger, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cardamom, and cinnamon. Herbs like mint, parsley, and basil can make fantastic smoothie additions too.
4. Add fresh herbs like parsley, oregano, or basil to your wrap or sandwich
5. When making your favorite chili, toss the pack of chili seasoning out (because it’s filled with unhealthy things like sugar, flavorings, and too many items you can’t even pronounce). Instead, add garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, fresh lime juice, Himalayan pink salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
6. Add ground cloves or pumpkin pie spice to your matcha latte for a real treat.
7. Toss in some fresh herbs when you are juicing.
8. Sprinkle more herbs and spices directly onto the food on your plate.
9. Spice up your breakfast bowl by adding some of these: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and/or cloves.
10. And when you think about adding certain spices and herbs to a dish, add more! You’ll be surprised by how tasty that “typical” dish becomes.
Now, you’re probably wondering whether you should choose dried or fresh herbs, and the answer is both.
While fresh herbs add amazing flavor and nutritional value to your food, it may surprise you to learn that the dried variety often has a much higher ORAC value (the rating system for antioxidant content). Dried herbs, however, usually have a stronger flavor than fresh, so you will probably choose to use less of them in your recipes.
Dried herbs and spices are easier to store and last longer too, although you do need to keep an eye on their age as they can lose much of their flavor and some nutritional value if they sit in your pantry for long periods of time.
The more dried AND fresh herbs and spices you eat, the healthier you will be. 😉
For a handy list of our favorite herbs and spices that we use on a regular basis, be sure to check out our resources page.