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.

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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!

Middlebury Maple Run Cabot Fit Team Recap

Cabot FIt Team 2016

Disclosure: My race entry fee, accommodations, and meals were paid for by Cabot Creamery Cooperative. All opinions and such expressed here are my own.

Meet the 2016 Cabot Fit Race team:

Anne @ fANNEtastic Food
Jess @ Dietitian Jess
Katie @ Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Amanda @ The Wholesome Dish
Danielle @ Food Confidence (me!)
Roni @ Ronis Weigh

How much fun can you have on a mostly rainy weekend in Vermont prepping for a relay race? A TON! I had such a wonderful weekend with these amazing gals and the Cabot team, who have been hosting these running experiences since 2013.  If you don’t know Cabot, they are a cooperative owned by 1,200 family farms in New York and New England.

I’ve been on the Cabot Cheese Board for the last few years and given the opportunity to taste many a Cabot cheese. I don’t cook a lot with cheese, mostly because I prefer to eat it cold, but I do love sharing Cabot with friends and family.

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My weekend began late afternoon on Friday when I was greeted at the airport by Sara in the infamous Cabot Cheese van. We arrived at the Swift House Inn, which became our home away from home for the weekend. I stayed in the Governor’s room, which was a treat given I had my very own fireplace.

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On Saturday morning we toured the Kayhart Brothers Dairy Farm, an award winning, family run Dairy Farm.

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We got a fun farm tour from Steve Kayhart, a runner himself and a part of the Cabot fit team. He talked candidly with us about what it means to be a dairy farmer and how he cares for his dairy cows.

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Then we visited the babies. We spent a lot of time hanging with these sweet baby cows, they were excited to see us and enjoyed licking our fingers!

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We gave some love to the momma cows as well.

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We also explored the very quaint town of Middlebury….

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….and enjoyed a pre-race dinner of pizza and salad. What else should you eat before a race, right?

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On Saturday night, I set out my race outfit and tried to get some sleep.

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I woke up Sunday morning excited to get out there, regardless of the dreary weather!

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Finishing up the last mile!

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Being part of the Cabot Fit team was totally fun! My relay partner Katie Webster ran the first 7 miles and I ran the last half. I didn’t run fast (at all!), but I finished strong and I felt pretty good. I sort of regret not training harder for it, but I plan to pick up the pace for my next race in September, which is a full half marathon in DC’s wine country.

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On Sunday afternoon we had a Cabot cheese and local wine + cider tasting and ended the weekend relaxing and cutting loose with a good old-fashioned Pictionary game.

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Is life better in Vermont? I don’t know for sure, but after spending this fun weekend in Middlebury, I might like to find out!

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Clean Eating Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower is definitely my favorite brassica. I pretty much love it any way you prepare it. Riced, roasted, steamed, sauteed, and blended, as in this delicious and creamy cauliflower soup.

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This cauliflower soup is an old favorite. It’s simple to make yet so big on flavor. It’s also a health-supportive powerhouse and so important in your bodies natural detoxification systems. It’s a staple in my Nourish program cookbook, as are many other cauliflower dishes. Cauliflower includes antioxidants that boost Phase 1 detoxification and sulfur-containing nutrients that boost Phase 2 activities. Cauliflower also contains phytonutrients called glucosinolates, which activate detox enzymes and intensify their activity.

Clean eating cauliflower soup

Cauliflower is also a powerful anti-cancer veg! It’s broad spectrum antioxidant support helps lower the risk of oxidative stress in our cells, which helps to prevent some forms of cancer (especially colon, breast and ovarian cancer). You can feel good about eating this cauliflower soup!cauliflower soup with pistachios

The soup is also kid friendly. Norah absolutely loves it! The recipe is a simple blend of sauteed onions and garlic, vegetable broth, and lemon juice blended with cooked cauliflower. I topped mine with pistachios and hemp seeds but you could also add a dollop of harissa, shredded cheese, or pumpkin seeds.

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Clean Eating Cauliflower Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 3 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • pistachios and hemp seed, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Saute onions and garlic in oil until softened. Season with salt and pepper. Add broth, water and cauliflower, bring to a boil, then simmer until cauliflower is softened. Transfer soup to your blender and blend until creamy. Place back in your pot and add lemon. Taste for seasoning. Top with pistachios and hemp seed to serve.
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Clean eating cauliflower soup is a delicious, detoxifying weeknight dinner!