Food For Thought (4 of 8) – Spicing things up

Alright, so now you have found yourself spending a little more time in the fresh produce and meat aisles of the supermarket: doesn't it boost your ego just being there - 'look at me, I eat healthy foods'... And good for you I say.

How is the preparation and cooking of all this fresh produce coming along; have you been using Google and Pinterest for inspiration, or perhaps, you have gone old school and invested in a cookery book or two? Whatever your route, here are a few essential healthy ingredients to introduce some flavour sensations to your meals: think herbs and spice.

So here we go...

Next time you are jotting down your shopping list, go ahead and add the following items - not only are these must-haves for cooking up delicious homemade meals, but they will help to make your auto-immune system stronger, and much more besides - yes, even more health benefits from your considered food choices...

  1. Oregano (Dried)
  2. Turmeric (Powder)
  3. Cumin (Powder)
  4. Coriander (Powder)
  5. Chilli (Powder and Fresh)
  6. Garam Masala (Powder)
  7. Paprika (Powder)
  8. Garlic (Fresh)
  9. Ginger (Fresh)
  10. Chives (Fresh)
  11. Coriander Leaves (Fresh)
  12. Parsley (Fresh)

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it does introduce some of the most popular (and beneficial to health) herbs and spices – you can always add more to your collection as you please. As always, be kind to yourself (and those purse strings) - you don't need to go out and buy these all in one go; relax and spread the load...

Now, having purchased your choice of herbs and spices, it’s time to broaden your horizons by cooking real food, now with added health benefits and flavours to awaken those taste buds too.

That's all for this week, and remember to come back in a fortnight for more simple pointers towards a healthier you.

Yours, Al

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