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Healthy Food Blog: Healthy Holiday Gifts: Spices and Herbs

In a tight economy, people are really rethinking gifts. Not only do you want them to be functional and well received but let’s add the gift of health.  Let’s say the 50+ generation is watching their weight, their cholesterol, their blood pressure, starting to get heart disease, needs to exercise more, has to maintain bone density, ecetera, ecetera.

Here are some ideas, please share yours.

Spice it up:

For people who like to cook, fresh spices are always a good idea. Spices have natural healing qualities as well as offer taste alternatives. Even for people who don’t like to cook, sprinkling spices on instant oatmeal, in eggs, or salads or canned soups and beans is still within reason.

Consider buying spices in bulk and putting them in clean small jars. Custom label and decorate bottles,  then provide recipes. 

What about cinnamon, ginger, and clove? Cinnamon lowers cholesterol and triglycerides. Ginger lowers lipids and aids in circulation. Clove is high in antioxidants.

Another spicy combo would be tumeric, cayenne, and garlic. Tumeric reduces inflammation and the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Cayenne helps prevent heart disease. And garlic fights clogged arteries and lowers blood pressure.

May the spice of life be with you.

Tune in tomorrow for more healthy holiday gift ideas.

  1. My husband has family in the Pittsburgh area. Whenever we get a chance, we make a detour to “The Strip”, an old warehouse district that has lots of ethnic food shops. One is Penzey’s Spices. http://www.penzeys.com. It is a fun place to visit because they have samples out of all their spices so you can experience them firsthand.

    Penzeys Spices is a clean, light-filled shop with more variety of spices than you have ever seen in one spot. For example, I bought Vietnamese Cassia Cinnamon. The label says “The highest quality cassia cinnamon available in America today; strong, flavorful and sweet. When baking, use 2/3 of what the recipe calls for.

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