Along with the changing of the leaves and the start of football season, autumn brings pumpkin-spice everything to the table. While a Pumpkin Spice Latte from your local coffee shop may rack up over 400 calories and 50g of sugar (yikes!), not all fall treats are bad for you.
Before you feel any guilt for indulging in your first PSL of the season, you’ll be happy to know that these four fall spices, found in many seasonal recipes, have some serious health benefits.
Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants, protects heart health and promotes healthy skin. A dash of cinnamon will spice up stewed or baked fruits, crumble toppings or the classic snickerdoodle cookie. Oh, and Garden of Life® RAW Fit protein powder contains organic cinnamon, too!
A true super food, ginger has numerous health benefits – a big one being the prevention of nausea. Also, Gingerol, the bioactive substance in fresh ginger, can help lower the risk of infections. Try our Mixed Berry Crisp recipe made with grated ginger root, or add some to kick up your oatmeal cookie and carrot cake recipes.
Cloves are anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiseptic. They’re packed with antioxidants and are a good source of minerals, fiber and vitamins. While some say you can even use cloves to temporarily treat a toothache, we prefer them in recipes like spiced apple pie.
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Make your own pumpkin pie spice by mixing the above spices along with nutmeg and allspice. With all the health benefits of each individual spice, pumpkin pie spice may be the most beneficial of them all. Try out Garden of Life’s tasty Pumpkin Pie Bread recipe.
Don’t hesitate to dig into those fall recipes; you’ll definitely reap the health benefits using these season-savvy spices!
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