Winter Spices for Wellness and Warming Up!
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Winter and spring can be especially hard on our bodies as they battle against seasonal sickness, allergies and fatigue, but a great way to strengthen our bodies is through what we eat. Working some essential spices into our meals can do wonders for our immune system in the coming months.
On February 1st we will be hosting Shefaly Ravula, a local cooking instructor with a medical background as she teaches a workshop on Indian Spices and Spreads. Learn to make Tomato Chutney, Chili Garlic Compound Butter, Chai Masala Mix, Garam Masala Mix and Golden Milk Masala.
Until then, here are some of my favorite spices to incorporate in winter cooking and their properties:
Cinnamon: Known as the Warming Winter Spice, Cinnamon aids in controlling blood sugar and in healthy digestion.
Ginger: Aside from providing relief from inflammation, itching, coughs and colds, Ginger boosts immunity and pacifies muscle and joint pains.
Cardamom: In India Cardamom is often called the Queen of Spices. It contains anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic agents, so it soothes digestion and respiratory ailments. It also has properties that increase stamina and is a natural anti-depressant.
Peppercorn: Fighting depression, anxiety, and obesity, Peppercorns can brighten up a winter mood and help treat indigestion, anemia and the common cold.
Cloves: Acting as a natural expectorant, Cloves can clear up congestion. They also contain a natural antiseptic, eugenol, that helps with skin breakouts and rashes, which can be wonderfully useful in the dry winter months.
You may notice that these spices are the same as those found in traditional chai teas. Below are some chai-inspired recipes that will both satisfy your sweet tooth and get these healing spices into your system. Who says medicine has to be bitter?
Written by Malee Bringardner, Kettle & Brine Media Coordinator