Spice Up Your Life #bebetter52

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Looking for ways to spice up your life? Well, look no further! This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to creatively use a variety of spices! Spices can be effortlessly added to enhance flavors, from your water to your food.

Every spice has its own unique potential to help better your health. For example, cinnamon lowers blood sugar levels and has a powerful anti-diabetic effect. Sage can improve brain function and memory while tumeric has remarkable anti-inflammatory powers. Although spices are great independently, they can also be combined together to increase the positive effects.

Try Spice Water

  • 3 orange slices

  • ½ teaspoon of grated fresh ginger

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder

  • a few twists of finely ground black pepper

  • 1 liter of water

  • Refrigerate overnight, and drink chilled or at room temperature.

  • Remember to stir before sipping!

Ginger and turmeric, both from the same family, are well known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Try Golden Milk

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut Milk

  • 2 teaspoons honey plus additional to taste (to make vegan, swap maple syrup)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon plus additional for serving

  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Ground Turmeric

  • 1/8 teaspoon McCormick Ground Ginger

  • Optional additions: tiny pinch ground black pepper ground cardamom, or ground cloves

Combine the milk, honey, almond butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, and any optional spices in a small saucepan. Heat over medium until warmed through, whisking briskly so that the almond butter does not stick to the bottom and the spices incorporate. Do not let boil. Pour into a mug and sip deeply.

Check out all the positive effects of Golden Milk highlighted in the recipe from Well Plated.

This creamy, comforting drink is made of ingredients that have been shown to promote a good night’s sleep.

  • Almonds: Rich in magnesium, which promotes both sleeping and muscle relaxation. This golden milk recipes uses them in the form of almond butter and almond milk.

  • Honey: Allows tryptophan (of Thanksgiving turkey fame) to enter the brain more easily.

  • Ginger: Calms the stomach and promotes relaxation. Some studies suggest ginger can help reduce anxiety.

  • Turmeric: Aids digestion and has calming properties, which lead to sounder sleep. If you have aches and pains, golden milk for joints is a popular remedy, as it is anti-inflammatory too.

  • Cinnamon: Similar to turmeric and ginger, cinnamon also helps with digestion (and it’s a delicious pairing with the other ingredients).

There are countless ways to incorporate spices into your daily food or drinks. Now it’s time to creatively complete this challenge and add new spice to your life!