Each season is filled with exciting challenges of how to to satisfy the body’s needs, and it can change from person to person. To feel balanced in the cold, we need to eat and drink balancing foods, that are nourishing, grounding and warming. One of the ways to do this, is to add spices to your meal. Here are the 9 perfect winter spices, you can easily add to get started.
- This is my favorite thing at anytime of the year. Ginger breaks up congestion, improves your circulation and it burns toxins in the body.
- Use: Add fresh ginger to warm water with lemon, herbal teas, maki, any dish where you think it could go along
- Cinnamon is a big time favorite of mine. I think I have cinnamon most days during the winter. The smell and flavor of cinnamon is amazing, and it’s a great anti-oxidant, that supports a healthy blood-suagr level.
- Use: Add cinnamon in nut mylks, teas (chai), desserts, Indian and Moroccan foods
- The nutmeg tree is a large evergreen tree, native to the Banda Islands in the Moluccas. Inside its apricot-like fruit lies a hard seed, the kernel of which is the spice nutmeg. Most people probably only know of the ground version, but when you grate nutmeg fresh, it’s a totally exciting experience when it comes to smell and flavor. Nutmeg is another healing spice, as it helps reduce pain and inflammation. It also help clears the respiratory passage, and normalizes the digestive system.
- Use: Sprinkle it over warm drinks (goes great with cinnamon and cardamom), use in soups or mix it into teas and stews and raw foods
- Cardamom always reminds me of Indian tea and I love the smell and the flavor so much. It’s a truly healing spice. Cardamom clear food cravings and destroys mucous in the stomach and upper gastrointestinal tract.
- Use: Teas, desserts, raw foods, soups and curries
- During the winter, I get an urge of using turmeric in my food. turmeric cleans the liver and blood and has very powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which can reduce arthritis and inflammation (good to know if you live in a really cold climate and have aches). Turmeric invigorates the blood and strengthen joints and tendons.
- Use: turmeric tea, curry dishes, quinoa dishes, spicing up vegetables, soups (use with broth)
- We can’t live healthy lives without this amazing healing herb. Garlic is THE perfect medicinal food, and the more you get during the winter the better. Garlic lower the blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, control the triglycerides, supports the immune system, has natural antibacterial and anti fungal action, fight infections and act as an antiseptic.
- Use: Flu-fighting tonics, any type of food
- Cumin is very popular in the raw food kitchen, For many reasons, flavor is one, but cumin also has a relaxing effect and support healthy blood sugar levels and is an anti-oxidant.
- Use: Many raw food dishes, curry dishes, herbal teas, Arab foods, chutneys, dressings
- Rosemary is to me a reminder of being in the mediterranean. The smell is warming , relaxing and yet so fresh. Rosemary is a great anti-oxidant and can cure headaches and improve memory.
- Use: All types of mediterranean foods, soups, and tomato-based dishes, and even teas.
- Saffron comes form one of the most beautiful flowers – the saffron crocus and is known to be one of the most expensive spices. It provides a golde-yellow hue to dishes. Saffron is a nourishing purifier that invigorates, and moves the blood while cooling it. Saffron breaks up blood clots and clears liver stagnation. It is said to improve eyesight and enhance digestion.
- Use: Paella, desserts, curries and caribbean and Eastern foods.