Holiday spices that do a body good!

The holiday season usually means lots and lots of yummy foods. Unfortunately for some of us that translates into some extra pounds. So, if you are like me you try to eat in moderation and even deny yourself of some of those yummy treats. However, there are some things that have holiday spices in them that are good for you! So, before you decide what you can and cannot eat at your holiday feast or office party, check out what these holiday spices have to offer:

  • Ginger. Ginger boosts the immune system and may even ward off ovarian cancer. Just remember to eat in moderation; otherwise you will still see that waistline take a hit.
  • Peppermint. It’s not just for candy! You can use its essential oil to instantly rejuvenate and increase your concentration level. My nephew likes to of peppermint oil to his hot chocolate. Of course, that is when he isn’t taking a candy cane and hitting it with a hammer to put little pieces in his hot chocolate.
  • Cinnamon. Cinnamon is kind of a wonder spice for people with diabetes as it works to regulate blood sugar levels and may even help to protect against heart disease. Add it to your coffee or some hot apple cider!
  • Nutmeg. This spice is supposed to help relieve anxiety and insomnia. You may already add it to eggnog. But it can also go on things like chicken, spinach or chutney. And my personal favorite is taking a recipe for spiced rum, which calls for nutmeg, but substituting amaretto for the rum. Yum!