A thought on Spices…

Spices are often a forgotten food. Not only do they add flavor to some of our favorite classic dishes but they also can offer a host of nutritional benefits. Here are a few of my favorites…

Oregano The warm, balsamic and aromatic flavor of oregano makes it the perfect addition to Mediterranean and Mexican cuisines. Origanum vulgareis is rich in phytochemicals such as thymol and rosmarinic acid and the antioxidant vitamin E. Not only  can it help inhibit the growth of bacteria but oregano is an excellent source of fiber, Vitamin K, manganese, iron, calcium and tryptophan. To add extra flavor and nutrients try garnishing pizza or omelets with fresh oregano.

Ginger Ginger is an herb that comes from the root of the perennial herb Zingiber officinale. Ginger has been used to treat everything from the common cold to motion sickness and gastrointestinal ailments. Ground ginger can add flavor to vegetables, salad dressings, and marinades. Enjoy ginger fresh, dried powdered, or as a juice or oil.

Cinnamon Cinnamon is the dried inner bark of evergreen trees within the genus Cinnamomum. It can act as an antioxidant as well as help in lowering blood sugar. Cinnamon is an excellent source of fiber, manganese and calcium. Try sprinkling cinnamon on oatmeal, yogurt, toast, apples of pears.

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