4 Spices To Keep You Warm This Winter

We’re nearly at the end of December already!! Yes, winter is here and it’s promising to be a chilly one as usual. In addition to sports, heaters, and warm showers, have you ever thought of food as a method to keep you warm this season? Spices are ingredients that are not only essential in many dishes, but also are a great source of energy to keep your body warm. Spices are often sold at different prices depending on their strength in flavoring, and availability.

Here are 4 of the most helpful spices to keep you warm this winter.

Ginger: In addition to boosting your immune and digestive systems, ginger is one of the best sources for energy. The process of thermogenesis is enhanced by this type of ingredient. The spice is also utilized for weight control management since it reduces the feeling of hunger. Ginger can be best used on meats and soup; some even drink it with water. The ginger plant can also be consumed fresh, powdered, in oil form or as juice.

Cumin: The dried seed of the herb Cuminum Cyminum is a member of the parsley family. What’s special about it is the fact that unlike most spices, cumin warms your body through an unknown metabolism yet, without creating outer sweat! This spice is often used in 3 main cuisines: South Asian, North African, and Latin American, especially Brazilian. Some of this spice’s benefits worth mentioning include its ability to aid in digestion, improve immunity and treat piles, insomnia, respiratory disorders, asthma, bronchitis, common cold, lactation, anemia, skin disorders, boils and cancer.

Spices come in different shapes and sizes...

Spices come in different shapes and sizes…

Cinnamon: Used in both sweet and salted foods, cinnamon belongs to the Lauraceae (Laurel) family. With this spice in your food, you can happily say goodbye to dry dampness in your body. Cinnamon warms people that are always cold and suffering from poor circulation. The most famous sweet for this ingredient is the Cinnamon Roll, it’s also an ingredient used in the Middle Eastern cuisine. Cinnamon is an antiseptic and an excellent digestive tonic.

Cardamom: Possessing a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic, resinous fragrance, cardamom is used as flavoring in cooking food and drink, in addition to being utilized in the field of medicine. Cardamom comes in 2 colors, black and green. Black is the most popular of the cardamom spices and carries a similar taste to mint. Green Cardamom however, is one of the most expensive spices sold per gram, since only little of it is needed to impart flavor. Cardamom is an ingredient used in Indian food, Middle Eastern sweets, coffee and tea, and the Scandinavian Christmas bread ‘Julekake’. It is an essential ingredient that helps the Swedish and Finnish stay warm throughout the year. 

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In addition to ginger, cumin, cinnamon, and cardamom, one can find great nutritious benefits in other spices like black pepper, horseradish, garlic, and cayenne. Not only do these spices generate energy to warm your body, they also carry a lot of other health benefits you’re unaware of. Check out Chef Hanane’s Moroccan menu filled with various types of spices. You can also check out what our private chefs are preparing as winter menus at ChefXchange. So eat healthy, stay warm, and enjoy the nice, chilly winter season!