A healthy meal doesn’t just end with the main ingredients such as the vegetables or grains used. We know how magical it tastes when we add a couple of ingredients that make meals taste twice as heavenly. There are spices out there that you can add for a healthier meal. Now, we all know that without spices, vegan food can be rather boring. But thanks to these flavor-packed ingredients, you’re bound to create your best meal ever.
Who knew that a tablespoon of this spice could help your body fight diseases and inflammation? Not only does it add a pop of smoky depth to vegan food–but it tastes like bacon. Paprika contains Vitamin A, beta-carotene, and other carotenoids. It is rich in antioxidants that can prevent cellular damage that often lead to health problems like cardiovascular disease and arthritis. It can even prevent and fight autoimmune diseases and certain cancers. We all know how Vitamin A is also good for your eyesight! It doesn’t just end there, it also helps regulate blood sugar levels and may assist in treating diabetes. Wow, just wow. A pop of flavor and a healthier meal!
Turmeric is widely used in cooking. It has a golden-orange color that looks similar to ginger. It has a peppery warm flavor that has the main ingredient curry poweder in it. It is known to have therapeutic properties that people nowadays consume not only as an added spice to food but as a drink like tea. Like Paprika, Turmeric also aids inflammations like arthritis. It’s anti-inflammatory properties are sometimes compared to a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDS). In addition to those health properties, you can also replace salt with Turmeric and sugar for marinades and dressings or any Mediterranean-style cooking.
By adding Cumin to your meals, it can prevent diseases and reduce blood sugar. It is also known to improve digestion and fight off infections and chronic diseases. It has a pungent, nutty and earthy flavor that is mostly used in Indian dishes. It is also rich in antioxidants, calcium, iron and magnesium. Cumin is also a good source of energy, thiamine, riboflavin, Vitamin A, C, E, and B6. Consuming a teaspoon of cumin daily can help you meet your daily nutrient requirements! It doesn’t stop there, because it can also treat skin disorders such as boils and piles. If you’re having difficulty sleeping lately, then maybe this spice can help you because it also treats insomnia and respiratory disorders.