3 SPICES YOU NEED IN YOUR DIET

These 3 super spices are shown to manage blood sugar levels, inflammation, promote a healthy gut flora, and improve digestion! 

Cinnamon- This one shouldn't be hard to sprinkle into your diet, especially if you have a sweet tooth! It's no coincidence that it pairs perfect with starchy foods like oats and sweet potatoes. Studies have shown just under 2 teaspoons of cinnamon improved blood sugar control and blood lipid profiles in diabetic patients (1).In others it was shown to help control insulin responses or metabolize carbs better as well as lower blood pressure. Blood glucose levels and blood pressure are directly related. The more glucose you have running through your blood the higher your blood pressure will be( here is yet another reason to support that salt isn't the devil).

Why does cinnamon have so many benefits? Well, one teaspoon of cinnamon provides high amounts of calcium, manganese, and fiber. Manganese is an important trace mineral that helps the body form strong bones and connective tissue, responsible for proper functioning of enzymes that help the body produce glucose, metabolize fat & carbohydrates, regulate blood sugar, essential for brain & nerve function, and aids in neutralizing free radicals (2). 

Find it in: Our smashed yams, protein pancakes, MMP pancake mix, oatmeal, granola cups, & ALL of our protein baked goods! 

Tumeric- Curcumin gives tumeric its bright yellow pigment and is also the active ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties and powerful antioxidants. There is also a lot of evidence showing it has anti-cancer effects and reduces the risk for brain diseases which you can read more about here. Other important micronutrients found in tumeric include ALA, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins C & E.  

Find it in: Thai Crunch Salad

 

Ginger- Commonly used to soothe an upset stomach or nausea but research suggests it has A LOT more to offer! Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce pain such as women's menstrual cramps, headaches, or pain from osteoarthritis.Ginger is also shown to help with metabolism, cognitive function, enhancing fat digestion & absorption, promote healthy insulin release & sensitivity, and offering a ton of antioxidants. (3)

Find it in: Thai Crunch Salad

 


TRY THIS!   Homemade Tumeric, Ginger, & Cinnamon Tea

Make in bulk to enjoy for the week. This is a great recipe to keep you strong & healthy come fall. 

Ingredients

  • 4 cups filtered purified water

  • ½ inch turmeric root sliced into thin coins

  • ½ inch ginger root sliced into thin coins

  • 1 cinnamon stick

Instructions

  1. Bring the water, turmeric root, ginger root and cinnamon to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Strain and hold in a glass container for 3 days.

 

Just remember that unless you're adding these spices or supplements to a proper diet you likely will not experience any of these benefits.