Health benefits of spices

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Healthy Seasonal Bowl

The Seasonal Bowl is filled with nutrients and flavor. Made with grains, beets, feta, brussels, orzo and a citrus vinaigrette. Find it at Masons.

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HEALING POWER OF SPICES

There are a multitude of reports on the health benefits of spices, tracing back to ancient days. Not only do they enhance a meal, they offer healing for the body. Check out the benefits here.

Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric, a staple in many Indian foods, is an ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Its active ingredient, curcumin, is a powerful antioxidant. Turmeric can serve as an anti-inflammatory without side effects, ward off cancer, improve heart health and boost the immune system.

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Fight the flu naturally

Turn to natural resources to fight the flu and cold. As we all know, drinking lots of fluids is vital. Also, avoid grains, sugars, milk, cheese, dairy, sweeteners and soda.

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Easy ethnic recipes from the Huffington Post.

Shortcuts to superfoods

Here are shortcuts to prep and get the most of two superfoods, pomegranate and ginger. For ginger, peel the skin and cut into small chunks. Freeze and use a piece in teas, soups and smoothies. For pomegranate, put a small amount of water in a wide bowl. Cut the washed fruit within that bowl to catch the fresh juice.

Masala Chai

Chai is the Hindi word for tea. The spices in tea are considered to have healing properties, build the immune system and serve as an anti-inflammatory. Read more. To prepare:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tbls black tea
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 2 Cardamon pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • 1 -2 Cloves
  • 1 tspn of sugar (per taste)

Heat water. Add black tea, cardamon, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Bring it to a boil and simmer for 10 mins. Add milk and sugar and stir. Strain the tea and fill it into the cups.

Serves: 2-3 Cups

SHORTCUT: Buy black tea bags. Add spices to water and boil. Pour over tea bag. Add whole milk and sugar to taste.

Chia lemonade

Cool down with a refreshing lemonade, created by the Aztecs.

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Herbal teas

Herbal teas have garnered a reputation for their healthy and healing properties.

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Ginger: A mighty medicine

A sliver of ginger is loaded with health benefits. It's a natural antihistamine and an anti-inflammatory, reducing inflammation throughout the body, including aching  joints and muscles. It soothes the stomach and can help with  menstrual cramps. It's said to also  improve memory.

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