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Spice Up Your Health: 16 Fragrant Recipes with Health-Boosting Powers

  • By Jennifer Mulder
  • 16 October 2017
  • 3 minute read
Spice Up You Health: 16 Fragrant Recipes | The Health Sessions

On crispy days, with the leaves falling from trees, there’s nothing cozier than warming up with fragrant Fall flavours. But seasonal favourites like cinnamon, cardamom and ginger are not just for seasoning, they spice up your health too.

Throughout history, spices have been used for their health-boosting powers. Garlic is known for its antibacterial benefits, while ginger reduces nausea and cinnamon lowers your blood sugar levels. One of the most widely studies spices, turmeric, has strong anti-inflammatory effects, which benefits your health in multiple ways. Other culinary staples with disease-fighting compounds are cayenne pepper, vanilla beans and cumin seeds.

So stock your spice kabinet and get creative! Make your own spice blends so you can easily whip up a warming curry, fajita or Asian flavored stir fry. Get cozy with a homemade pumpkin spice latte or anti-oxidant rich Chai tea. Or take inspiration from these 16 spice-packed recipes with flavours from all around the world. 

16 Fragrant Recipes to Spice Up Your Health

Vanilla Rooibos Tea Latte with Warming Spices from The First Mess

Spice Up Your Health: Vanilla Rooibos Tea Latte with Warming Spices from The First Mess | The Health Sessions

Warm Spiced Cashew Coconut Milk from Gourmande in the Kitchen

Spice Up Your Health: Warm Spiced Cashew Coconut Milk from Gourmande in the Kitchen | The Health Sessions

Chai Teff Porridge with Coconut Milk from Will Frolic For Food

Spice Up Your Health: Chai Teff Porridge with Coconut Milk from Will Frolic For Food | The Health Sessions

Maple Buckwheat Crepes with Spiced Apple + Chestnut Relish from Happy Hearted Kitchen

Spice Up Your Health: Maple Buckwheat Crepes with Spiced Apple and Chestnut Relish from Happy Hearted Kitchen | The Health Sessions

Beetroot Soup with Orange, Ginger and Coconut Milk from The Clean Dish 

Spice Up Your Health: Beetroot Soup with Orange, Ginger and Coconut Milk from The Clean Dish | The Health Sessions

Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup from Cookie + Kate

Spice Up Your Health: Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup from Cookie + Kate | The Health Sessions

Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup) from The Woks of Life

Spice UpYour Health: Pho from The Woks of Life | The Health Sessions

Moroccan Quinoa Patties with Cucumber, Yoghurt and Mint from Happy Hearted Kitchen

Spice Up Your Health: Moroccan Quinoa Patties from Happy Hearted Kitchen | The Health Sessions

Lebanese Shish Taouk from The Spice Kit Recipes

Spice Up Your Health: Lebanese Shish Taouk from The Spice Kits Recipes | The Health Sessions

Crispy Salmon Burrito Bowl from Cook Republic 

Spice Up Your Health: Crispy Salmon Burrito Bowl from Cook Republic | The Health Sessions

Bombay Potatoes from Cook Republic

Spice Up Your Health: Bombay Potatoes from Cook Republic | The Health Sessions

The Best Healthy Turkey Chili from Ambitious Kitchen

Spice Up Your Health: The Best Healthy Turkey Chili from Ambitious Kitchen | The Health Sessions

Curried Roasted Eggplant with Smoked Cardamom and Coconut Milk from The Bojon Gourmet

Spice Up Your Health: Curried Roasted Eggplant from The Bojon Gourmet | The Health Sessions

Vegan Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate and Walnuts from The Awesome Green 

Spice Up Your Health: Vegan Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate and Walnuts from The Awesome Green | The Health Sessions

Baked Apples with Spiced Oatmeal from Green Kitchen Stories

Spice Up Your Health: Baked Apples with Spiced Oatmeal from Green Kitchen Stories | The Health Sessions

No-Churn Cardamom Nice Cream with Almond Butter Caramel Ripple from Cashew Kitchen

Spice Up Your Health: No-Churn Cardamom Nice Cream from Cashew Kitchen | The Health Sessions

How do you like to spice up your cooking and your health?

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Thank you for including this post in your weekly round-up Claire! And for supporting other health bloggers by sharing their work. https://painpalsblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/7404/

Great post and information - I have shared a link on my regular feature Monday Magic – Inspiring Blogs for You! Claire (PainPalsBlog) x

Thank you soo much may God bless you in many ways ☺

I'm sorry, the blog post is a few years old so the giveaway has been closed for a while now. Perhaps you can use some of the tips above to create a care package: puzzles or magazine, (free) samples of body care products if your dad is still in the hospital, a gift card for iTunes? I also like the Gifts in A Tin from DIYMommy: https://thediymommy.com/a-gift-in-a-tin-christmas-baking-kit-gift/ (Scroll down for an overview) or an edible gift like the five bean soup IF he's medically allowed to eat that of course!: https://thehealthsessions.com/healthy-edible-gifts/ Hope your father feels better soon!

I was going to leave a comment for the give away... For my dad cuz he had his gull bladder taken out a fue hrs ago but congrats... Is there a cheep way i can make something for him?

Being careful with what you eat might be a good idea if you're feeling sick or have stomach aches. Luckily, there are still plenty of things listed you can do to entertain yourself :-) Feel better soon!

When I am I'll myum doesn't let me eat so some wouldn't work 😢🍕

Hi Darci, thank you for your message. Unfortunately the guide is not available yet as a hardcover and a paperback. If that changes in the near future, I will let you know. Warm regards, Jennifer

I would like to buy this book in hard cover or paperback instead of e-book for a friend

thats #6

Super useful habits Nat! I also need to mentally unwind before bedtime or I'll be laying awake all night with thoughts racing through my mind.

A few things that help me ( I suffer from insomnia) is by not taking my phone to bed with me, i finish checking emails, social media etc in the living room and go to bed to switch off. Something else I do is turn on my essential oils diffuser an hour before bed so the room is scent with a relaxing mist of essential oils such as lavender, or vetiver which is like a sedative and incredible for helping me unwind. Another thing that work well when i can't switch my brain off is to write a quick list of everything i think i need to be dealing with now and highlighting only the ones that need to be taken care of the next day. Helps me not to feel so overwhelmed and in turn helps me fall asleep easier.

I'm touched by your kind words Darla, thank you. It's perfectly normal that you're resentful and feel sorry for yourself. You've had a lot to deal with. Not just experiencing horrible symptoms on a daily basis, but also having to adjust the plans you had for your future and your sense of identity. To me, positivity in the face of adversity is not about having an irrealistic rose-colored view of life. But I do believe that trying to find the good in little things each day can help make the bad ones more bearable. It's a challenge, but your insightful comment tells me that you're up for it ;-) Let me know if there's anything I can do to help. Good luck, be gentle with yourself and take care Darla!

Dr.Jen the Zen one, first off you rock! Since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 4 years ago and 2 years ago double pneumonia that left me with heart failure with 28% left undamaged it has seriously limited my mobility energy patience and unfortunately my positive attitude. 52 years on this planet, I lived a happy-go-lucky , look on the bright side, things will be better tomorrow, or crack a silly joke and get over it type of life. Now for the first time in my life I find myself having to work at being positive. Anger and resentment and even the dreaded " poor little me" mindset is trying to set up permanent residence. And tonight I find your blog and it gives me hope I just want to say "Thank you" Darla

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