While these antioxidant-packed spices bring delicious depth and sensory nostalgia to holiday dishes, they also offer significant health-promoting compounds. The smells and flavors of spices during the holiday season can awaken our nostalgic senses. But powerhouses, such as cinnamon and cayenne, also offer significant health-promoting compounds.
“Spices are a great way of bumping up flavor in dishes, while reducing the need for extra salt, sugar, and fat,” says Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD, author of The Superfoods Rx Diet. Here are five health boosting spices to include in your holiday dishes this season.5 Healthy Spices That Add Flavor to Your Holiday Meals Click To Tweet
GET MORE: Add cayenne to winter squash soups, hot cocoa, sautéed greens, scrambled eggs, and stews.
GET MORE: Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon into oatmeal, pancake batter, fruit crisps, and ground coffee.
GET MORE: Add ground cloves to quick breads, smoothies, oatmeal, chili, roasted sweet potatoes, and French toast. A clove-studded onion spices up stock.
GET MORE: Grate fresh ginger into marinades and stir-fries. Gently boil fresh ginger slices; then combine the liquid with lemon juice and honey for a warming immunity boost.
GET MORE: Use nutmeg in burgers, quiches, and hummus. Grate it into smoothies or whipped cream.