Kitchen aids and Spices

Olive oil
Since a variety of olive oils are now available in supermarkets, many of us probably already use them for cooking and as a base for salad dressings, etc. If you are not using olive oil yet, make this small adjustment and use it instead of other fats in order to make your dishes clearly healthier.

olive-oil
What they contain and why they are good for you

  • Olive oil is well-known to be high in heart-protective mono-saturated fats, and it also contains a range of antioxidant plant compounds and vitamin E
  • One ounce of extra virgin olive oil contains as much as 17.4 % of the daily recommended value for vitamin E
  • The image is taken from this link where you can read more about Olive oil health benefits

Coconut Oil
Like Olive oil, coconut oil is also considered as one of the healthier oils and is recommended for cooking. I personally also love it’s subtle smell of coconut.

Coconut oil
What they contain and why they are good for you

  • Cooking with coconut oil is a simple way to reduce your exposure to the aging free radicals that are produced, when roasting, frying and baking
  • Fats in coconut oil help renew the lining in the digestive track, thus ensuring good digestion
  • Choose an unprocessed variety, and avoid any that have been hydrogenated or contain preservatives
  • To read more about the amazing and actually extremely diverse benefits of coconut, I recommend this link, where I also took the picture from

Cinnamon
When I hear cinnamon, I usually think about Christmas, and I associate it with Christmas baking, hot Glühwein (hot wine with spices, usually drank during the Christmas time in various European countries) and other delicacies. But it’s really also great to be used in the kitchen all-year round.

cinnamon
What they contain and why they are good for you

  • Besides being delicious, cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial spice that can help relieve bloating and heartburn
  • It also offers protection against strokes, due to its content of cinnamaldehyde
  • More information about cinnamon are available this page where I also took the image from

Garlic
I just love to add garlic to my food! It just gives it a wonderful flavor, more character, but yes, one can be a bit smelly after that :-) Therefore, I usually like to use garlic in the evenings, when I plan an evening to stay in. But apparently you can chew on some parsley after a garlic meal to reduce mouth odor.

garlic
What they contain and why they are good for you

  • Although often used in small quantities, garlic can still have a positive effect on health
  • It is a useful antibiotic and it is also believed to reduce the risk of both heart disease and cancer
  • Avoid cooking garlic too long, as this destroys its beneficial compounds
  • More information on garlic on this site, where I also took the image from

Onions
Like garlic, it’s really hard to cook without them! Probably even harder, as onions are part of so many recipes and give a unique savory and pungent flavor to an endless variety of dishes.

onions
What they contain and why they are good for you

  • Onions are high in sulfur, chromium and vitamin B6
  • Studies show that all of the above can help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure
  • And, according to the Journal of Nutrition, onions also reduce the risk of heart attack and heart failure
  • More information about onions and their health benefits can be found here, where I also took the image from

Honey

Isn’t honey just a wonderful thing, sweet, very versatile, it also tastes just wonderful in many dishes, such as desserts, in cereals, as a topping, etc. And the good thing is, it’s also wonderfully healthy.

honey
What they contain and why they are good for you

  • Raw honey is one of nature’s oldest known antibacterial products; used topically, it has an antiseptic and antibacterial effect
  • Raw honey contains propolis, which helps reduce inflammation and premature aging
  • Good-quality honey contains probiotic beneficial bacteria to support immunity
  • Make sure to choose good -quality honey, look for a local, raw, and unprocessed varieties
  • Darker type honeys, such as buckwheat and sage contain the most antioxidants
  • More information about honey and source for the image

I would love to hear your thoughts!