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3 great spices for the winter months

 

Feeling cold? Yeah, I get you. The temperatures are on a rollercoaster. While this week is relatively warm, last week was freezing, and who knows what the coming month will bring. However, that is absolutely no reason to stay inside and cuddled up all day, how ever much you’d like to do that!

Winter months are as good for productivity, for a fit body, for an excellent health, as the summer months are. You just got to, not only sleep enough and take care of yourself, but also eat the right things.

So in this blog post you’ll get to learn about three crucial spices to integrate into your diet right now. They are not only tasty, but also super healthy and got your immune system’s back.

The three crucial spices for winter

  1. Turmeric

Turmeric is easy enough to integrate into your diet, if you are a fan of curry, thai-spiced food or exotic salads. One of it’s many benefits for the health is that it includes curcurmin, which, in turn, serves as an anti-inflammatory substance to your body. Additionally, it is known to have a very high antioxidant effect.

One of my favorite recipes with turmeric:

Fennel-Apple-Curry

You need:

1 fennel

1 apple

200g of rice

50g greek yoghurt

4 table spoons of curry powder (which includes turmeric)

Salt and pepper

2 spoonfuls of butter

Preperation:

Cook the rice in salted water

In the meantime: put the butter, the cut fennel in a pan and fry slowly

After about 20 minutes, add the cut apple

Put 2 tablespoons of curry powder and the pepper over the fennel and the apple

Let it all cook/fry under a lid for another 20 minutes

Turn it around occasionally

When the rice is finished (after about 40 minutes, depending on the rice), add it to the whole

Mix thoroughly

Add the greek yoghurt an another two tablespoons of curry powder

Mix again

Serve!

 

  1. Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper might not only boost your digestive system, which we all know to be crucial for our overall health, but due to it’s spicyness, it also has a warming effect to the body from the inside. An additional benefit for some might be, that food that is prepared with cayenne pepper might make you feel full faster. Especially in the winter months we are often prone to eating too much as most of our time is spent inside. Cayenne pepper reduces hunger and even if you are not looking to lose weight, it might feel easier to not gain it this way. If you find yourself on the opposite side of the spectrum, head right on to the next spice we have up the sleeve!

One of my favorite recipes with cayenne pepper:

Chili con Carne

Ingredients:

2 cups of squashed tomatoes

400g of minced meat (preferably beef)

2 carrots

1 onion

5 mushrooms

4 tablespoons of cayenne pepper

1 chili (or more if you love it spicy)

A wee bit of cacao powder

A bit of olive oil

Salt and pepper

Preparation:

Chop the carrots, the onion, the mushrooms and the chili

Fry them shortly in a bit of olive oil

Add the minced Meat and mix

Add the squashed tomatoes and mix

Add the cayenne pepper, cacao powder, salt and pepper

Let it all cook for approx.. 2 hours (low heat)

Serve!

  1. Ginger

My all time favorite! It does have a pretty special taste and admittantly it’s not for everyone, but ginger should not be left out in any diet during winter. It’s easiest to serve it as tea, in smoothies or in soups. One of its main advantages is that it workes as a super substance against inflammations inside the body. Similar to cayenne pepper, ginger is also known for its heating capacity. However, it will also rise your appetite!

One of my favorite recipes with ginger:

Ginger-orange-spinach smoothie

Ingredients:

1 orange

3 handful of fresh spinach leaves

About 2 cm of fresh ginger root

Cinnamon

Honey

Water

Preparation:

Peel and chop the orange

Wash and chop the spinach leaves

Peel and chop the ginger

Add 2 cups of cold water

Add 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Add two tablespoons honey

Mix!

Serve!

It isn’t as difficult to stay healthy during winter as many make it out to be. While no one is totally safe of the one or two colds, it is certainly not necessary to spend 80% of the winter months in a reduced state.

All of the above spices can be numerously used in the kitchen. Even if you don’t like the taste of one, you can still use the other two, and thereby contribute a little to your health.

Enjoy!

 

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