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Friday, August 16, 2013

Stocking a Spice Cabinet

I never cease to be amazed by the emerging scientific evidence that spices are an important part of disease prevention. Spices make up an important part of my nutritional recommendations.

As I packed for college, I remember packing my own precious box of spices. It was the first time I stocked my own spice cabinet. Selecting spices for your cabinet can be a very personal choice depending on the recipes you like to make. It often forms somewhat haphazardly as you need an ingredient for this recipe or that.  If you don't have a spice cabinet or are going off on your own for the first time, here's a recommended list of spices to get started.

* Basil
* Bay Leaf
* Cinnamon
* Coriander
* Fennel Seed
* Garlic
* Ginger
* Nutmeg
* Parsley
* Pepper
* Rosemary
* Sage
* Thyme
* Turmeric
* Vanilla

Together, these spices/dried herbs have the power to help tame upset tummies, reduce free radicals in grilled food, improve memory and concentration, soothe a sore throat, act as an aphrodisiac, decrease inflammatory diseases, help control blood sugar levels, cool off hot flashes, reduce risk of infections, decrease stress levels, control acne, decrease pain, and much more! In my opinion, they deserve an honored spot on the nutrition Food Pyramid (which is now updated to MyPlate). Don't underestimate the power of a sprinkle or dash of these incredible spices.

What favorite spices do you have in your cabinet?

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