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A Brief History of Flavor
For over 5,000 years spices, herbs and new flavours have been a HUGE part of human history, commerce and healing. India was the first major trade nation, leading to trade of exotic flavours with the middle east, and included fantastic tales of their capture, creating such tales as Sinbad the Sailor to worshipping the many Gods of history and cultures
Over time, the flavours of India spread to beyond the middle east to include ancient Asia, Egypt, Greece, the Roman Empire, and eventually to Europe.
Time to Reconnect with the Ancient World
Why were spices and herbs so coveted to create stories of monsters, and travellers of the high seas? Because it was discovered that besides novel flavors, many also could be used as medicines, and cures to nagging ailments.
Ancient India medicine (Ayurveda) and traditional Chinese medicine to this day still use many of these spices, herbs and infusions in their medicines and daily health practices.
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Western Science is Catching Up, Yet Again
Now, he we are in the 21st century, and only in the past 10-20 years have we started to "re-discover" the health boosting benefits of spices, and herbs and dabbling in infusions, new scents and tastes.
Flavors to Beat Fat
Many pieces and herbs provide metabolism (fat burning) raising compounds that help our body increase its temperature or causes the release of stored fat from fat cells for metabolism.
Flavors to Beat Inflammation
Ayurvedic and other ancient medicines have used a number of spices, herbs and plant extracts to help fight inflammation, bring down fevers and reduce pain naturally and with many less side affects than modern medicines tend to have.
Flavors to Beat Boredom
Let's be honest, even the most scientifically created nutrition program will fail if its boring and bland. Spicing meals up can beat "diet boredom" while adding zero calories.
Flavors to Boost Body
We are only now figuring out that many spices, plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables contain compounds that can help us build better bodies. From helping strengthen and pump muscles, to improving cardiovascular and performance function. Examples are beets, red grapes and watermelon which can significantly boost oxide production, and important aspect of getting blood to working muscle and help relax arteries for cardiovascular health benefits.
FLAVOURS FOR BODY & MIND
JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF THE GOODNESS WE ARE MISSING
The "vanilla of the east", and packed with inflammation fighting goodness, and tastes AMAZING!
With major fat fighting benefits, mustard is NOT a "hot dog" condiment.
Both black and white garlic have major disease fighting compounds but black takes them to the 10X level.
A great metabolism booster and diuretic, dandelion isn't just a lowly weed anymore.
Build muscle. Get a pump. Improve your heart. Improve your arteries. What else do I need to say?
Another favorite of mine, mint tastes fresh, and fights inflammation.
One of the strongest antioxidant foods in the world, cocoa can go in desserts of even meat dishes.
Boost metabolism, lose fat, and help you feel full fast. Cayenne is a top choice for weight loss and maintenance.
A staple in anciet Ayurvedic medicine.
Packed with essential and trace minerals, PHS & SEA SALT's will help you stay hydrated and cramp free.
A delicious ad to many dishes, coconut packs a flavorfull whallop!
Lemons and Limes have so many appeals; flavours, cleansing, and refreshing, you can even use the peels.
Another common herb, Oregano has anti-inflammational, anti-bacertial, as well as digestion boosting compounds. It also shows good respiratory effects, hence the use of oregano oil for colds and flus.
Another cold fighter, and antibacterial superhero. It also appears to have some mood boosting properties.
Infusions: Modern World, Ancient Art
One thing that has become quite popular in the last 10 years are infusion foods, combing the extracts and flavours of one or more foods and adding it into another for a unique culinary experience.
Infusions are a great way to get the simple good need of spices, herbs, fruits and vegetables into foods but without the added calories.
Below are a few examples from my kitchen.
Super Greens Salad
A Thai inspired cilantro and basil supergreen salad.
Sneaking some turmeric into my breakfast!
Pandan is a secret Asian treat, called “Asia's Vanilla” and has a number of health uses, and is delicious!
MORNING MASTER MOCHA
A metabolism boosting hot morning drink of fresh coffee, cocoa powder, cinnamon, coconut milk and a dash of cayenne.
Squeezing in 1/2 a lime and / or 1/2 a lemon, with just a dash of sea salt is a refreshing and healthy boost.
Japanese Island Mash
Mashed purple yam with some shredded coconut and a squeeze of lime, is a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner meal.
Another easy, healthy soda. Just drop some berries into soda, add a dash of sea salt, and you have a refreshing berry soda.
CUCUMBER MINT WATER
I fell in love with this in Indonesia. Take your water, add a few cucumber slices and a fresh mint twig. Delicious way to get more water in!
We so often forget this "thanksgiving food", but its a healthy and body boosting meal all year round. Orange yams and a dash of cinnamon to taste.
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