But I couldn’t leave without some holiday hints for you all.
Spices have been in the nutrition news this year and the Christmas holidays are the perfect time to highlight these power houses of good health.
The fact that most people love the aroma of ginger cookies and cinnamon topped buns should be the first clue that your body enjoys these spices as well.
All spices are chockfull of anti-oxidants in the form of flavonoids and polyphenols. At this time of year ginger, cinnamon ,nutmeg and cloves abound in holiday bake goods and drinks. Making us feel a bit less guilty over our indulgences.
In many studies ginger and cinnamon have been seen to help steady your blood sugar and build up your immunity. Both of these actions are helpful during a season when we tend to eat more sweets than usual and expose ourselves to holiday kisses and hugs ( read germs).
Cloves are the super hero of the spice world. Cloves appear to have all the “anti’s” in those buds. Anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and analgesic, just to name the few that would be helpful to have in your body this holiday season. Cloves have been used to sooth a toothache, relieve an upset stomach and clear the phlegm from an upper respiratory infection. All three we hope you avoid this season.
Nutmeg also can help relieve indigestion and treat bad breath. Best of all it can help you sleep. Sprinkle some on your warm beverage before bed and start counting sheep.
If you are looking for goodies full of these spices and many other delicious treats, stop by the Jiashan Market this Saturday. The folks at Jiashan Market are having a special Christmas market this weekend with extended hours and holiday music!
Jiashan Christmas Market this weekend!!
Saturday 19th December 11:00 – 18:00
What a great way to start this joyful season!
Eat Well , Live Well, Have Fun!
The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
|Dr. Weil’s Holiday Ginger CookiesIngredients|
|2/3 cup molasses or sorghum
1/3 cup softened butter or Spectrum Spread
1/4 cup frozen concentrate apple juice, thawed
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 egg whites
4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons powdered ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon powdered cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon grated orange zest