Smoked paprika brings a pop flavor to any dish.
‘It’s an especially good ingredient for bringing a smoky depth to vegan food, almost like bacon.’ ‘This is made from capsicums/peppers and contains vitamin A, beta-carotene and other carotenoids. As antioxidants, carotenoids prevent cellular damage that can lead to chronic health problems, such as cardiovascular disease and arthritis.’ And it’s Hungarian, I’m half Hungarian and yes biased-but it’s really good for ya :-). Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory. ‘This is the golden orange spice ingredient that forms the base of curry powders. It can help with inflammatory conditions like arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.’
A whole-wheat grain with a nutty taste that has been parboiled and then dried, bulgur can be prepared very quickly just by soaking in boiled water. ‘It can be used any place you’d use rice, and it can also be served cold as a grain salad base.’ ‘Bulgur also a great food for diabetics because bulgur is high in fiber with a very low glycemic index, with little impact on blood sugar, unlike white rice.’
Have you used cashew cream as an ingredient yet? It involves soaking raw cashews in water, then blending it with water to act as a plant-based substitute for cream or milk. ‘It’s a game-changer, allowing people who are avoiding animal products, dairy, and saturated fats to still enjoy the creamy flavor and texture. Like all nuts, cashews are rich in protein, fiber, iron and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.’ Cumin, which is a good source of fiber and minerals. ‘It has many phytochemicals with antioxidant and possible anti-microbial activity.’ It also happens to be one of the spices that’s good for your eyes.
Looking for a super food which can be added to many everyday items without much notice? Chia seeds may be your new go-to. ‘Chia seeds can be added to smoothies, sprinkled on oatmeal and yogurt, mixed into baked goods and salad dressings or even making your own chia pudding is a great way to add fiber, healthy fats and protein.’ ‘Just one ounce of the tiny seeds, houses 10g of fiber and 5g of protein! Fiber adds bulk to our digestive system while also reducing the net carbohydrates of your food, aiding in blood sugar stabilization.’
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