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Spice it Up!

The biggest reason you’ll love cooking with spices? FLAVOR!
Unlike sauces and condiments that are typically filled with refined sugar and other processed ingredients, spices allow you to boost the taste of food without adding additional calories. They also come with their own amazing health benefits.

Studies show that various spices have many different health-promoting properties. For starters, spices can promote good digestion by stimulating motility and enzyme production in the gut. Some have anti-inflammatory properties; some provide powerful antioxidants; some are linked to controlling appetite. There’s even evidence that many spices play a role in cancer prevention. All of these benefits are owed to their high density of phytonutrients and trace minerals.

Good news: There are tons of spices out there that can provide you with these benefits and countless ways to vary the flavors of healthy food to make it more interesting, delicious, and nutritious.

Seasoning Use Ideas

  • Avocado toast
  • Popcorn
  • Cucumber or tomato slices
  • Salads and coleslaw
  • Hard-boiled eggs or scrambled eggs
  • Steamed or roasted vegetables
  • Hummus
  • Guacamole
  • Baked chicken or fish – add in last 10 minutes of baking to avoid burning
  • Baked potatoes – sprinkle on top at the end of baking
  • Oven fries – sprinkle on top at the end of baking
  • The options are endless!

Everything Bagel Seasoning

  • 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon minced dried garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced dried onion
  • 1 pinch of course salt (1/8th of a teaspoon or less)

Mix all ingredients together in an empty jar or container.

various whole spices arranged around mortar and pestle

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