Spice Up Your Health with Cinnamon, Turmeric and Fenugreek

Lower blood sugar naturally with these 3 amazing spices!

Three Powerful Spices to Help Lower Blood Sugar

In addition to adding tons of flavor to your food, many herbs and spices also have medicinal properties, providing a double whammy when it comes to flavorful food that is good for you, too!

These three powerful spices can help lower blood sugar, which is important in preventing and controlling diabetes, keeping your energy levels steady, and maintaining a healthy weight.

fenugreek seeds to help lower blood sugar
Fenugreek

Fenugreek seeds are small and deep yellow in color with an awesome sweet-savory flavor going on. They’re often used in Indian dishes like curries, where they add color, flavor, and a host of medicinal benefits. Fenugreek seeds are high in fiber, which slows glucose absorption (meaning sugars don’t hit your bloodstream as quickly ) so you get a slow, steady stream of energy release, rather than a quick burst of energy followed by a huge crash. Fenugreek also helps stimulate insulin, the hormone that helps your body get sugar out of your bloodstream and into your cells for energy.

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Tumeric is a Spice that Supports Your Immune system and helps lower blood sugar.

Turmeric

Turmeric is often praised for its medicinal benefits – and it sure does have a lot of them! Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and recent studies suggest it may also be protective against type 2 diabetes by reducing long-term blood sugar levels. Getting these benefits is pretty simple, too. You can find turmeric either fresh or powdered and throw it into numerous dishes, from curries and marinades to scrambled eggs, smoothies, or teas and lattes.

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the most commonly used spices. I know I can’t make a bowl of oatmeal without a sprinkle of cinnamon! But did you know that in addition to being earthy and sweet, cinnamon is super good for you?

There are lots of different types of cinnamon out there ranging in price and quality. Surprisingly, the regular grocery store cinnamon (called cassia cinnamon) is the type with the most health benefits! Much like fenugreek, cinnamon helps increase insulin activity, which in turn helps lower blood sugar levels and keep long-term glucose levels in check.

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Of course, herbs alone can’t undo the damage of a consistently unhealthy diet. Nor can they reverse your diabetes. But if you’re already on the right track by eating a clean, balanced diet, adding these powerful herbs to your daily routine can boost all that work you’re already putting into your health – while adding lots of flavor, too!

Make this Wild Blueberry Crumb Cake for someone you love!

Easy Wild Blueberry Crumb Cake

This one-bowl, clean eating Wild Blueberry Crumb Cake recipe has gorgeous color while sneaking in some antioxidants, too,

Make this Wild Blueberry Crumb Cake for someone you love!

Valentine’s Day is kind of a big deal in my house for a couple of reasons. For one, Norah and I get jewelry. What girl doesn’t love that? We also start the day with a super special breakfast. So not only do we celebrate with lots of love, it’s also special enough an occasion for me to actually bake something. And that’s saying a lot coming from me.

Breakfast usually includes something sweet and usually something Norah and I can make together. French toast and pancakes are regular features, but we’ve made a few smoothies and even an egg casserole one year.

One thing Norah knows will always be a hit with Dad is cake! This year we’re making this Wild Blueberry Crumb Cake. We are huge wild blueberry fans at our house and love how they add a gorgeous pop of color (while sneaking in some antioxidants, too). A few other healthy swaps make this a clean-eating breakfast treat. Plus, the recipe is basically foolproof. It’s a one bowl crumb cake that even this non-baker can throw together!

Make this clean eating Wild Blueberry Crumb Cake recipe for someone you love!

On most days it’s a no-no to have cake for breakfast. We make an exception for holidays. And crumb cake.

CLICK HERE to get the recipe on the Wild Blueberries blog, and enjoy!

The Best Buddha Bowl Recipe Roundup

Buddha bowls are bright, colorful, satisfying, and incredibly nutritious. The best thing about a buddha bowl is that no recipe is required.  There’s no wrong way to create your bowl!  Are you feeling less than confident about throwing one of these bowls together? No problem! Here are a few ideas for your inspiration!A Buddha Bowl is my go-to when I need a quick and delicious meal. It’s the perfect formula meal, made in large part using whatever you have on hand. I like to combine greens, roasted veggies, beans, seeds, avocado, and grains with a drizzle of creamy dressing.

The Buddha bowl gets its name from being packed so full that it has a rounded “belly” appearance on top, much like the belly of a Buddha.  Buddha bowls are bright, colorful, satisfying, and incredibly nutritious. The best thing about a buddha bowl is that no recipe is required.  There’s no wrong way to create your bowl!

Are you feeling less than confident about throwing one of these bowls together? No problem! Below are a few of my favorites for a little inspiration!


Buddha Bowl with Creamy Sage Cashew Sauce

My Buddha Bowl of roasted vegetables, lentils, baby greens, and avocado topped with a creamy cashew sauce is pure joy. It’s also dairy free, gluten free and totally delicious. This is a super simple meal that will keep you full for hours! Namaste!


Easy Southwest Buddha Bowl

Do you spend a ton of money every day eating out for lunch? Why not make your own Southwest-inspired bowl and save your cash for something else! This Easy Southwest Buddha Bowl from Chef and RD Sarah Haas does the trick and it comes together super quick to provide you a nourishing lunch or dinner!

 


Vegan Korean Nourish Bowl with Barley (Bibimbap)

This Buddha Bowl from MJ and Hungry Man is a twist on a traditional, iconic Korean dish – Bibimbap. Because Korean meals typically consist of rice and an assortment of side dishes, this tasty bowl is a delicious way to clean out the fridge.


Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl 

This bowl from The Minimalist Baker is amazingly good. It’s a savory and sweet combination with a delicious maple-tahini sauce that goes well with just about anything. This bowl is comforting, satisfying, seriously healthy, and packed with flavor.

 


Fall Harvest Buddha Bowl with Creamy Cashew Apple Cider Dressing

This plant-based bowl from Kara Lydon is seriously delicious.  Celebrating the fall harvest with butternut squash, apples and a creamy cashew dressing, this bowl is the perfect dinner to comfort you on a chilly night.

 


Brown Rice Miso Macro Bowl

This tasty bowl from Mckel of Nutrition Stripped is chock full of deliciousness! It combines miso marinated wild rice, sautéed greens, ginger, sweet potatoes, and is topped with poached egg. It’s an effortless meal that covers all the textures and flavors that make the perfect meal!

 


Chipotle-Inspired Sweet Potato and Black Bean Power Bowl

This chipotle-inspired bowl by Fit Living Eats has all the flavors of the real thing, but in a much healthier way. She uses quinoa as a base and adds black beans instead of meat. This bowl offers a ton of satisfying fiber to help keep you feel full all afternoon!

 


Tropical Buddha Bowl

Kristina’s Tropical Buddha Bowl is one of my favorite bowls! It’s infused with amazing island flavor with the combination of coconut brown rice, the sweetness of the pineapple and tang of the tart cherries. It’s such a fun bowl and tastes amazing!


Creamy Butternut Squash, Broccoli + Chipotle Almond Sauce

Along with tender baked squash you’ve got the crunch from fresh broccoli, all smothered in a delicious almond sauce. Lots of textures, colors, flavors, and nutrients going on here. This recipe is a must try from This Rawsome Vegan Life. 


Nourishing Buddha Bowl With Lemon Tahini Dressing

This nourishing bowl from Whole Living Lauren is filled with all of my favorite things. Quinoa, garbanzos, roasted broccoli, greens, and purple cabbage…all tossed with creamy avocado and lemon tahini dressing! YUM!