Seasonal spices like cinnamon, star anise, ginger, cardamom and nutmeg not only add a magical twist to your festive dishes, but also keep you healthy and fit throughout the season. Want to find out more? Here’s why it’s worth spicing up your Christmas menu this year.
Cinnamon: Keeping your sugar levels low
Already sprinkle this spice into your morning oats or add it to mulled wine? Sure you do. Cinnamon is like the unofficial spice of Christmas. Even the air smells of this stuff during the holidays. But apart from its great taste and inviting smell, did you know that cinnamon can also lower your blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes? Sounds good right? Our recommendation: If you have yet to develop your love for this spice, start a new morning routine with a pinch of cinnamon in your muesli or smoothie. Easy. Tasty. Healthy.
Star Anise: The star amongst cough killers
With it’s slightly sweet taste, anise can give any pumpkin soup an unusually awesome twist. In traditional medicines, star anise is one of the oldest in the book. Used as tea (crush anise, dash with boiling water and let it rest for 10 min), it can be anticonvulsant and helps to make you fit again after a bad cough. Beware: anise has an intense taste. You will either love it or hate it. Either way, it’s good for you.
Ginger: Fights inflammations
Ginger is one of the most versatile spices ever (ever, ever). It’s anti-inflammatory, meaning it supports your immune system, especially if you are suffering from a cold. It also helps with nausea and can positively influence the work of your gallbladder and pancreas (very important when it comes to digesting the roast turkey on Christmas day). How can you increase your ginger consumption? Hot water + lemon + ginger + honey = the perfect winter drink.
Cardamom: Provides fresh breath
Cardamom is an integral part of many cultures. At Christmas, cardamom is often added to gingerbread or mulled wine for a special taste adventure. As well as helping with digestion problems like heart burn, cardamom is known for freshening breath when chewed. So no need to worry when you’re caught off-guard under the mistletoe. It’s simple: Eat more Cardamom, keep fresh breath.
Nutmeg: Solves stomach issues
Every good cook knows that nutmeg is essential for making the best mashed potatoes in the world. However, another major benefit of nutmeg are its antibacterial properties, as well as its probability to improve digestive processes. Are you suffering from stomach issues after one too many heavy Christmas treats? Two tips. First: calm down and eat less. Second: add nutmeg to your post-Christmas meals and keep your stomach happy.
And if that wasn’t enough, there’s one more thing: Winter spices are proven to positively influence our mood through their smell and taste. So, have a happy Christmas…literally.