I’m always reading research studies that focus on the food/mood connection. Think of the spice aisle at the grocery store as the natural pharmacy. A number of spices have brain-enhancing effects in addition to greatly enhancing the flavor in food. One of the healthy eating pillars I ascribe to is spicing up your food and brain, especially with those spices located in your kitchen cabinets. These can be powerful enough to help balance blood sugar, boost immunity, help prevent cancer, and give you better energy and focus.
Many commonly used spices have different associated health benefits. My top six favorites are the ones I use daily when cooking for my family. The key players in my kitchen are: Garlic, Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder, Cinnamon, Turmeric and Ginger.
There are no rules to follow when you cook with spices. I encourage you to make it an exciting journey and to just follow your taste buds. As a nurse who is used to measuring everything carefully, I had a hard time doing this at first. But as I learned to relax and experiment, I began to discover wonderful new, healthy, and flavor-packed combinations that the entire family loves.
Remember to be adventurous and try some of my brain healthy recipes that are loaded with spices to help improve your overall health. My husband regularly reminds me that when our brain works right, we work right. The key to a healthy brain begins with what you put on the end of your fork. Eating the right foods and incorporating spices into your cooking is a great place to start!
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