spice up your life

24 Feb

For several months now I have been trying to live a healthier lifestyle, including eating cleaner and always cooking from home. A common complaint from people when switching to a healthier diet is that “it lacks in flavor,” and to all of those people, I have only one word to say: SPICE. Not only does it make food tastier, more exciting and better looking, there are also tons of health benefits that are found specifically in herbs, roots or seeds. This quick little article from Whole Living is a great reference that lists the health properties of commonly used spices and also gives you quick suggestions of what foods go best with which spice.  spicerack2Much like anything, with just a little practice and testing, you will get the hang of using these flavor-boosters in no time. Unless I’m baking, it’s rare that I get my measuring spoons out anymore: I just have fun adding dashes of flavor here and there, because experimenting and happy mistakes should all be a natural part of the creative act of cooking. So don’t be scared, shake on some spice for extra flavor and coincidentally extra nutrients. spicerack1To make adding spice to my everyday cooking much simpler, I recently organized, cleaned up, re-stocked and properly labeled my (normally neglected) spice rack. This beauty was gifted to me by my mother several years ago when I left home, and I must admit I hadn’t been using it as often as I’d liked: it needed a switch out of spices and some better labels. spicerack3The addition of more frequently used spices, a nice cleaning, and some radtastic black and white name tags from my Dymo Label Maker, made my spice rack one of the best things in my kitchen now! spicerack4So what are you waiting for? Get your spices out, get them organized and inject some health and heat into both your cooking and your lifestyle.

4 Responses to “spice up your life”

  1. Jess Mayne 24/02/2013 at 10:30 #

    Looks nice Jess! I love spices too, mmmm home cooking is amazing! Make sure your spice rack is kept well away from sunlight, sunlight will take colour, and worse, precious flavour out of your spices! I would recommend keeping this in a cupbard, even though it’s pretty, to avoid your spices losing flavour!! :) xoxoxo

    • naturesmyfriend 03/03/2013 at 09:02 #

      oh good advice Jess, thank you. However I do live in a basement suite, and the kitchen is easily one of the rooms that sees the least light. None the less, I definately put my GOOD indian spices hidden away, and have moved the spice carousel to the darkest corner under cupboards.


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