Did you know that spices do a lot more than just adding a bite to your food?
Turmeric and cayenne pepper, for example, are actually pretty good for you!
Apparently we also savour food more if it has a slight bite, which may help us to slow down our eating and as a result only eat as much as we need to feel satisfied instead of eating too much.
Turmeric, most often used in its dried form, provides a rich yellow colour to meals as well as a distinct flavour but it does more: its active ingredient, curcumin, reportedly has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which may help to ease pain and reduce cell damage.
And it’s so easy to add to meals:
- Mix into curries when you are browning the onion
- Add into soups or stews
- Make a turmeric and plain yoghurt sauce for roast vegetables or spicy dishes
Cayenne pepper packs a lot more punch than turmeric in terms of fiery flavour so using small amounts is the way to go. It’s made from hot chilli peppers and contains capsaicin which may be useful in reducing musculoskeletal pain and suppressing appetite. Try adding it to your diet by
- Adding ¼ – ½ tsp to stews or soups
- Making a rub for fish or chicken using a mixture of herbs and/or spices and add a tiny amount of cayenne pepper for a bite
- Sprinkling a small amount over vegetables before roasting them in the oven
- Mixing some into baked dishes such as vegetable lasagne
You can even combine these two spices for a revitalising hot drink: add a little turmeric to a mixture of hot water, ginger and cayenne pepper. Or you can head on over to one of the new KAUAI stores – with their fresh concept and fresh new menu – to try one of the menu items using turmeric or cayenne pepper. Take a look at www.kauai.co.za for updates on where new stores are being launched and where the existing stores will be taking on this deliciously good-for-you menu.