Herbs and spices are what bring life and variety to your meals. With the correct seasoning, any food can taste delicious. You can bring different cuisines and flavors into your kitchen by simply having the right spices in your cupboard. Here are some herbs and spices that you should consider using and which foods to pair them with.
Cumin is a staple spice in Mexican and Middle Eastern cuisine. It is one of the main spices in taco seasoning, curry, and falafels. Cumin has a beautiful earthy flavor that works well with meat and fish, but you can also pair it with black beans or chickpeas.
Trust me— there’s a big difference between smoked and regular paprika. The smoky flavor gives this spice a rich aroma that pairs well with just about any meat or vegetable. Use it on your potatoes, roasted veggies, beans, poultry/tofu— you name it. You can also add some smoked paprika to your omelets for extra flavor.
Cinnamon is the perfect spice to add flavor to your sweet dishes and desserts. It instantly sweetens the meal without adding any sugar. The spice itself is sweet, spicy, and warm. Try adding cinnamon to your baking, morning oats, or parfaits. Cinnamon also pairs perfectly with apples.
If you like a bit of heat, chili is the perfect spice to add to your pantry. This spice pairs well with just about everything. Cuisines all over the world use chili, from Italian to South American. Add this spice to your pizzas, pasta, tacos, soups, or eggs -- the options are endless. Keep in mind that chili powder is usually mixed with other spices, such as cumin, and it may not taste the same as chili flakes.
Parsley is a powerful herb. Fresh parsley is high in micronutrients, such as vitamin A, E, K, and C. Parsley is diverse and primarily used in Middle Eastern and European cuisine. You can garnish almost any meat, poultry, or fish with parsley. This herb goes well with any dish that has lemon or citrus. You can make tabbouleh salad or season your roasted veggies with it.
Fresh basil will add tremendous flavor to your Italian and Mediterranean dishes. You can use dried basil as well, but fresh herbs always have more flavor. This herb pairs well with pasta dishes (especially with tomato sauce), most vegetables, and even watermelon. You can also make pesto with fresh basil and add it to your sandwiches or wraps.
Rosemary is a staple herb, whether it’s fresh or dried. It has a woody, minty taste that instantly adds a Mediterranean feel to your dishes. Rosemary pairs flawlessly with roasted potatoes, lamb, chicken, and fish. It also pairs well with other herbs, such as thyme and parsley. Don’t use too much as the flavor is quite strong.
Thyme is used in a variety of cuisines and dishes. It has a floral, earthy taste similar to rosemary, but it also has citrus notes (especially if you use lemon thyme). You can add thyme to almost any savory dish, but it pairs best with vegetables, potatoes, chicken, beef, and lamb.
If you suspect that you need additional support, my team of experts will resolve any underlying health issues and maximize your lifespan using a personalized system. Your goals will be my goals as we walk through your journey together towards healthy optimization. So, what are you waiting for - Summer is around the corner,
Schedule a call today; you will not regret feeling better in the future.
A complimentary consultation with Kathy.
For additional information: Join the Learning to Live a Vibrant Life Thrive Group; many new things will happen this month, and if you missed the (5) Day Create Your Meal Planning System, you would find it inside the group. You will experience several live videos on, Emotional Hunger, Cutting Down on Sugar, Boosting Your Immune System, and Healthy Fats for August. You will also have the experience of learning informative wellness information and discussions, including body, mind, and spirit, to improve your vitality of life and your families. Just click on the picture below, and you will be on your way to better vitality.
Longevity tip for the month - #2: Sleep
The mineral magnesium is crucial for the body to function properly because magnesium is involved in more than 600 of the body's enzymatic reactions. According to World Health Organization statistics, as many as three of every four U.S. adults don’t achieve the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Recommended Daily Intake of 420 mg of magnesium. A magnesium deficiency can manifest in many ways, such as poor blood sugar metabolism, muscle cramps or soreness, eyelid twitching, fatigue, and poor sleep.
Why is magnesium important? • Magnesium is essential for the health of the heart and blood vessels, brain, bones, muscles, and lungs.* • Magnesium supports healthy blood sugar levels.* • It promotes bronchial relaxation.* • An essential mineral for the electrical activity of the heart, it supports healthy heart rate and rhythm.* • Magnesium helps relax both smooth and skeletal muscles.* • It supports the dilation of blood vessels (vasodilation), which maintains healthy blood pressure and optimal blood flow.* • It supports healthy blood sugar by enhancing insulin sensitivity.* • Magnesium is a cofactor for multiple enzymes involved in cellular energy production.*
Benefits: of Thorne's Magnesium CitraMate: • An easy-to-take-on-the-go capsule. • A combination of magnesium citrate and dimagnesium malate – both well-absorbed forms of magnesium – that the body uses to produce cellular energy (the body process called the Krebs cycle or citric acid cycle).* • Citrate has the added benefit of working with magnesium to support healthy kidneys by decreasing the levels of calcium oxalate and phosphate crystals in the urine.* • Malate pairs well with magnesium to provide benefit for individuals with fatigue, and muscle tenderness.* Because your sleep is so important for detoxication during the night, this may be something you will want to add to your daily toolbox. I can work with you to directly impact your immunity and longevity.
One item I use for my sleep and longevity is:
If you desire, there is a link to order one of my favorite longevity products:
You can find me at the following:
*Any health information included in this email is provided to you for educational and informational purposes only. It is not medical, psychological, or spiritual advice. This information is to be used at your own risk with the consent of your primary care provider. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. For our full Disclaimer, please visit our website.