THE WORLD OF SPICES - A JOURNEY IN FLAVORS & HEALTH
PRESENTATION SESSION AND HEALTH FAIR SPICE TRIVIA!
PRESENTED BY LISA MILLER
Click HERE for the full Presentation – See below as we address questions from the fair.
We’re excited to kick off your 2023 Open Enrollment by hosting our virtual Health Fair: Exploring Your Wellness Journey. We hope you were able to join us for sessions dedicated to sharing tools and resources to inspire your path and grow your well-being toolkit.
Spices and herbs have been used for centuries to add flavor to food. They are the backbone of a recipe and are key to making meals taste delicious and unique! Our wellness journey exploration continues as we learn about spices and how they can contribute to your good health. Thank you to those that jumped in to share stories and ask questions!
Learn the origin of spices around the world
Explore flavor profiles to enhance cooking
Understand the powerful health benefits
Preserve spices to maximize quality
Build a spice toolkit to inspire your cuisine
Exploring Spices continues with recipes, spice information, and answers to your questions!
HAVING FUN WITH SPICES ~ LISA MILLER & CHEF TERRY
We hope you learned even more about spices as you tried your hand at some spice trivia and identifying spices at the wellness fair! Didn’t make it? We have lots of information here as well. Wonderful to see some of you in person and greet others here on the site!
SPICE BLENDS, RECIPES, AND FLAVOR GUIDE
Click on the links below for the blend recipe. Below each blend is a link for a recipe example that features the blend.
Summary of spice flavor profiles in individual spices – click here
ADDRESSING SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS:
Turmeric may help in combating inflammation. Turmeric must be combined with black pepper to access the healing chemical, curcumin. Additionally, cardamom also helps with accessing curcumin.
Cinnamon may help in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and lowering blood sugar levels.
Cumin and ginger may help to improve digestion.
Ginger may also help with nausea.
Oxalate Levels: Oxalate levels fluctuate significantly in foods and spices, Since you eat a lot more of a food than a spice, keep in mind some foods that are rich in oxalates such as spinach, almonds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and processed foods. Some spices that are especially helpful for some conditions are also higher in oxalates include turmeric, cinnamon, clove, and black pepper. Low oxalate flavorings include but are not limited to ginger, paprika, cardamom, and cayenne. Something to consider if you are at risk, use spices from a supplement (open a capsule) or use extracts. Oxalates bind to fibers and these products are lower in oxalates and still provide flavor and additional health benefits. Moderation and variety are best. Understanding oxalates is a big topic and is addressed in our nutrition classes. Reach out to meet directly if you have addtional questions.
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