Spice Up Your 2018 with 7 Spices

7 Sensational Spices to Celebrate 2018

The Holidays are long gone. Resolutions are set in motion. You've got your bucket list for 2018. Now how do you ensure your wellness while enjoying each season with holistic means. The ancient art of wellness or Ayurveda can helps keeping the body, mind and heart sane. By choosing the right food is a great start. How about adding little spice to well, SPICE IT UP.

Yes, spices that can boost your immunity and have a great winter and spring.

Yes, spices that can improve your digestion.

Yes, spices that can soothe your nervous system and soothe you into sleep.

Ayurveda promotes healthy living through healthy eating. Whether you are young or old, new moms or parents, you can benefit immensely from these spices.

Nutmeg

a pinch of this Vata pacifying spice can relieve pain, detoxify the body and promote digestion. Too much of its astringent taste can leave one feeling dry, hot and heavy so remember, a little goes a long way. It’s sedative quality can ensure you get restful sleep.


Many people view nutmeg as nothing more than a baking spice, such as for gingerbread and other goodies like Pumpkin pie but let's expand the nutmeg zone. Shall we?


This spice will round out your meat’s flavor with nutty nuances, giving favorite recipes a touch of something new and exciting. On a cold chilly morning I think about that pipping bowl of oatmeal and on a chilly evening I like a steady sprinkle of nutmeg in my roasted butternut squash, or thick and creamy pumpkin soup, or a delicious hot buttered rum while sitting around the fire. The options are endless.


Clove

This is aromatic spice is great to treat toothaches, cold, and morning sickness. Thus, pregnant women can benefit from consuming it. Clove is also good for releasing stress.


Wonderfully versatile, this deeply flavored spice is equally at home in a variety of both sweet and savory dishes.


Their flavor really shines when married with fruits. Recipes for baked apples, canned peaches, poached pears, rhubarb crisp, or spiced plums with ice cream become simply scrumptious when these flavorful buds are added to a recipe. They also add their deep, warm flavors to hot beverages like masala chai, cider, and mulled wine.

Cinnamon

It ontains anti-oxidants and is anti-inflammatory. Cinnamon helps in fighting diabetes and improves brain function.


Once used in love potions, cinnamon is famous for showing up in sweet desserts and breakfast treats but you can also find its bittersweet flavor in recipes for drinks, and main dishes. This is a pantry staple cinnamon is a superstar, particularly over the winter when you're craving a warm, spicy escape from whatever that week’s weather brings.



Vanilla Bean

The highly flavored vanilla beans can decrease stress, help in faster recovery from injuries and also protect the immune system. Using it straight from the pod is the purest way to flavor whatever you are making with vanilla.


The highly aromatic, warm and sweet flavor is comforting and uplifting. It suits every season, and it suits so many different recipes. Besides sweets, vanilla is delicious in savory applications as well, like vegetable, fish and poultry dishes. You can add it to your sauces, dips or drinks for a tasty twist that’s just a touch extravagant.


Star of anise

The star-shaped exotic spice is good for treating fungal infections and rheumatism. It also improves digestion and boosts production of milk in new moms.

Anise is a highly aromatic spice with strong seasoning power. It is sweet but slightly hot, with a subtle licorice-like flavor.

Pro Tip: Whether your recipe calls for anise or star anise, if you have only one variety in stock, you can replace one for the other. But if you’re a spice geek like me, try to keep a little of each kind on hand and extend your seasoning potential.

Cardamom

It is widely used in Ayurvedic Medicines due to its health benefits. Cardamom helps in curing digestive disorders and depression. It promotes detoxification. It can lower blood pressure and treat cold. You will definitely achieve the best flavor when you buy whole cardamom pods, and grind them with a mortar and pestle at home,as needed.


So, how can you use cardamom in your own kitchen? Actually, you can spice up practically anything with it.If you’re planning to prepare a soup, it’s the perfect choice there as well.


Especially in combination with sweet potatoes or root vegetables and coconut milk, the pods will develop their full flavor and give your soup that certain something.


Saffron

The amazing spice can prevent memory loss and increase vitality. It treats cold and fever effectively. Saffron was a spice regularly used in the kitchen when I was a child. Today, the top shelf of my spice rack holds more than a few different varieties, ready to season my latest dish.


This spice is a particularly expensive commodity due to the sheer volume it takes to produce a large quantity. It is harvested by hand from the stigma of the saffron crocus, which only blooms for a short time during the fall months.


The gorgeous blossoms feature petals ranging in color from vibrant violet to pale lavender which is in stark contrast to the bright red orange hue of the stigmas. Each crocus only yields 3 stigmas and it takes thousands to produce a single ounce of spice.


MY NOTE: You can benefit from the healing properties of these wonder spices by including them in your dishes, drinks like apple cider, or hot toddy on a cold cold night. There are plenty of ways of consuming them. Cardamom and cinnamon can be added to tea. Saffron would give your cakes a nice hue. Try a little clove and star of anise in your bakes. Experiment with the spices and prepare exotic dishes and enthrall your guests. Reap their health benefits and enjoy the holiday season.

YOUR NOTE:

What spice do you currently love to use?

What will you celebrate in 2018?

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