Blueberries, pomegranates and dark leafy veggies like spinach and kale are commonly known as “super foods” with powerful antioxidants, but spices and herbs like cinnamon, oregano and rosemary are packed with antioxidants and other healthful compounds, too.
In fact, a study published in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found oregano and rosemary contained compounds that could work to lower blood glucose (blood sugar) much the same way as prescription diabetes medication.
Additionally, researchers from Ball State University in Indiana found that blood glucose levels could be lowered by adding cinnamon to breakfast cereals.
With each pinch and dash, oregano, rosemary and cinnamon, you can help manage diabetes and boost the antioxidant power of practically everything throughout the day, from snacks and entrees to soups and beverages.
Here are a few tips to help you add more spice and antioxidants to your life.
For a twist on the typical grilled cheese, prepare a sandwich with sliced mozzarella cheese, sliced tomato and 1/4 teaspoon Oregano Leaves.
For Italian flare add oregano to pizza, spaghetti sauces, and other tomato-based sauces. Use Mexican oregano – found in chili powders to add flavor to chili con carne and other Mexican dishes.
Dress up ready-to-bake rolls. Just before baking frozen dinner rolls or ready-to-bake rolls, brush tops with olive oil then sprinkle with crushed Rosemary Leaves and Sea Salt before baking.