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Spicy Antioxidants

I wrote a post yesterday about berries, and today I am going to stay with the same antioxidant theme but focus something you probably don't think about when you think antioxidants: Herbs and Spices.

Adding herbs and spices to your food can boost the antioxidant content more than you may think.

Did you know:
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon has as many antioxidants as 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano leaves has as many antioxidants as 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder has as many antioxidants as 1/2 cup red grapes

McCormick brand spices has put together a "Supercharged with the Super 7" list of tips on how to get more of these herbs and spices:
Cinnamon: Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon over ground coffee before brewing.
Ginger: Add 1/2 teaspoon ground Ginger to 1 quart lemonade.
Oregano: Spice up your grilled cheese by using sliced mozzarella, sliced tomato, and 1/4 teaspoon Oregano leaves.
Red Peppers: Add a kick to hummus or guacamole by stirring in 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper or crushed Red Pepper. Or, sprinkle in a little Paprika.
Rosemary: Just before baking frozen dinner rolls or ready to bake rolls, brush the top with olive oil and sprinkle with crushed Rosemary leaves and a bit of sea salt.
Thyme: Wake up your eggs in the morning by adding 1/8 teaspoon Thyme leaves into 2 eggs before scrambling.
Yellow Curry: Create a spices curried pilaf by adding 1/2 teaspoon Yellow Curry to 2 cups hot cooked rice. Add more flavor and nutrients with a handful of shredded carrots, peas, raisins, or toasted sliced almonds.

For more information on how to incorporate herbs and spices into your foods or for some great recipes, check out
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