May 31, 2022

Get a Wellness Tune-Up with Terrific Tonics

With all the stress so many of us have with packed schedules, deadlines, work and family responsibilities, and more, we could all use a little pick-me-up sometimes. Coffee and alcohol come to mind, but both have serious drawbacks that can affect mood, energy and mental acuity. When I need a boost to get through a busy day, reduce stress, or to help me sleep, I like to turn to tonics. Tonics are defined as a medicinal substance, usually taken in beverage form, that provides a feeling of health and well-being. Generally made from herbs and other plant parts such as […]
February 12, 2022

The Caribbean Has a Delicious Spice History

The Caribbean region has long been described as a melting pot, with many cultures and ethnicities represented. The region is made up of over 700 islands, islets, reefs, and cays, and is home to more than 43 million people. The cultural diversity present in this region is reflected in its cuisine with influences from African, Creole, Cajun, Amerindian, European, Latin American, Indian/South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Chinese cultures. African culture has left a lasting mark in Caribbean history bringing music, dance, cuisine, and customs while the region was under colonial rule. This influence has undeniably shaped the Caribbean into what […]
December 8, 2021

Chocolate Chip Spice Cookies

These chocolate chip and spice cookies are packed with wholesome ingredients like walnuts, rolled oats, whole-wheat flour, and applesauce to reduce caloric content while maximizing nutrients. They are made without butter and without white or brown sugar, yet they maintain a traditional taste and texture. Oats have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-itch, and anti-irritant properties. The fiber and omega-3 fatty acids in oats help lower your cholesterol. Cinnamaldehyde is a powerful antioxidant found in cinnamon. The spice also contains coumarin, a natural blood thinner. YIELDS 24 Cookies Ingredients 1 cup rolled oats (not instant or steel-cut) 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour […]
July 20, 2021

Latin Flavors Spice Up the Foods of South America

Over the past year, FoodTrients has been exploring foods and flavors from around the globe. This week, we take a look at the flavors of South America as part of our new series on the world of foods
January 26, 2021

Spice Up the Holidays With Cinnamon

The holiday season has begun and nothing puts me in a festive mood more than the aroma of something sweet baking in the oven. For many of my friends, cinnamon is what
September 11, 2018

Cardamom: Is It the New Miracle Spice?

Move over turmeric, cardamom is gaining attention for both culinary and health properties. Native to the mountains of India, Pakistan, Burma/Myanmar and Sri Lanka, this pod-containing plant yields cardamom spice and essential oils as well. A sweet spice, cardamom can be used in a variety of dishes and was important in world trade for centuries. Medicinally, cardamom is used for: Setting the GI including treating nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea and IBS Fighting colds and other viruses that cause fevers or a cough Antibacterial properties Fighting fungal infections Liver and gallbladder support Cardiovascular support including treating high blood pressure Anxiety, tension […]
May 2, 2017

Understanding Curcumin’s Health-Boosting Benefits

For over 4,000 years, Ayurvedic healers have turned to turmeric—a bright orange root