Last Update: December 21, 2023
Way before maca, cacao, and goji berries hit the mainstream, spices were the original superfoods. No shade intended toward the newest generation of health-boosters—we’re all about antioxidant-loaded treats like banana-chocolate chia pudding! But can we just take a moment to recognize how powerful some of the most-loved spices in our pantry are?
Fiery cayenne and freshly ground black pepper boost metabolism and help the body break down fat cells. Golden turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that give Advil a run for its money, and coppery paprika is full of vitamins A and E that support cell growth and fight free-radical damage. And in irony of ironies, cinnamon, which is so often found in sugary-sweet desserts and pastries, effectively lowers blood sugar.
Missing any of the above? It might be time to upgrade your spice rack. You might want to replace any that’ve been chilling in your pantry for more than a year, as spices slowly lose their potency over time, even if they don’t technically spoil. Keep track of how then they’ve been open, and definitely toss anything that’s been living with you for more than three years. Then, it’s time to get cooking—and you don’t need to wait until dinner. Here’s how to amp up the flavor (and the health factor) of breakfast favorites with a dash of ginger powder, a pinch of cayenne, and every spice in between.
So many icy drink variations, so little time. Whipping up a superfood smoothie full of fruits, veggies, and protein is one of the healthiest ways to start the day. Here’s how to kick yours up a notch with spices.
It’s been a minute since avo toast first graced flooded our Instagram feeds, but the fast and healthy breakfast (or snack!) isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Sure, the basic recipe tastes perfectly good—it’s hard to argue with a ripe avocado spread over crunchy bread. But by adding just a few spices, you can put together a restaurant-worthy plate in just a few minutes.
When it comes to scrambled eggs, salt and pepper is a no-brainer. But get a little creative with your power breakfast and you might find the rest of your day is a little more exciting.
Photo credit: Ella Ciamacco
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