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5 De-Bloating, Skin-Clearing Spices You Need in Your Diet

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Did you know that gut health is essential for not only digestion but mood, immunity, and even your skin? And if you’re needing a little assistance in any of these areas, it’s time to spice up your diet – literally. Holistic Nutritionist and skin-care expert, Paula Simpson, co-founder of Zea Skin Solutions, shared her favorite superfood spices that she always recommends for a healthy gut and radiant skin.

Cinnamon

“The antioxidant compounds in cinnamon help cells metabolize glucose to sustain energy and reduce cravings throughout the day,” said Paula, which means cinnamon can help you with your weight-loss goals. “Cinnamon is popular due to its antimicrobial properties,” which can “calm and tighten skin,” as well as boost your immune system and – you guessed it – reduce bloating. In a one-two punch, the “active cinnamaldehyde [the chemical compound in cinnamon] stimulates circulation, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the skin for natural radiance and glow, while relaxing the digestive system.”

Ginger

“Ginger is best known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties,” said Paula, which means it can aid in digestion, ease stomach woes, and aid in glowing, youthful skin. “Its active constituents are found in the rhizome and root and are known to offer a soothing and calming effect on the skin, while internally, ginger is great for easing the discomfort associated with bloating and stomach cramps.”

Paprika

Paprika might be one of the more underrated spices. Paula suggests using it in lieu of salt when you flavor your food: “Try ditching salt to beat the bloat by subbing in paprika and other ground flavorful spices in its place.” According to Paula, paprika also “incorporates key antioxidants through diet and supplementation to help keep skin youthful and radiant.” This rich spice also is chock full of antioxidants, “including vitamin C, E, and carotenoids [a plant component that gives paprika its color, and also acts as an antioxidant] like zeaxanthin,” she said. “Zeaxanthin fends off free radicals caused by environmental stressors, while vitamin C speeds up collagen production.” And as you might know, collagen is good for more than just your skin – it promotes a healthy gut (so you can say bye bye to inflammation), and helps nourish your joints.

Turmeric

Golden milk lovers know well that turmeric contains a key antioxidant known as curcumin, which can “ease the digestive tract to keep bloating at bay,” said Paula. Additionally, “within the body it helps to combat free radicals that can damage healthy skin, while promoting collagen synthesis.” So not only can it help reduce the inflammation with your gut, but it’ll give you a youthful glow, too. Try this golden milk recipe to combine two powerful spices for beautiful skin and a happy belly – it has the added fat and black pepper that makes turmeric bioavailable so your body can absorb all the good nutrition.

Sage

Sage has a “bitter component” that “stimulates intestinal mobility to reduce gastric distress and bloating that are often accompanied with heavy meals,” Paula told POPSUGAR. It also “has been known to help improve skin circulation and renewal, making it a great seasoning for meats and side dishes.”

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I think we can all agree that we need better salad dressing recipes in our lives. If the thought of raw lettuce makes you shrivel, allow me to introduce this pomegranate vinaigrette recipe, a dressing that sugarcoats bitter leafy greens into straight-up candy. OK, that may be a slight exaggeration, but I can assure you your salad will be the first thing you’ll wipe clean from your plate if the leaves are tossed in this sweet, tart dressing. It is the best effing salad dressing I have ever made. Do I have your attention yet?

I accidentally discovered this salad dressing when making this chickpea flour frittata. Sure, the ingredients for the dressing sounded and smelled awesome, but once that vinaigrette hit my mouth, it was as if my taste buds had been electrified. I suddenly felt compelled to binge on salad as if it were a box of Sour Patch Kids.

So what’s in this recipe that makes it addicting? Pomegranate molasses! Found at Whole Foods or Middle Eastern grocery stores, this rich syrup adds a complex character to the dressing. Surprisingly, it’s not so sweet in taste but rather offers fruitiness and tartness to anything it touches. Combine it with shallot, lemon, olive oil, mint, and parsley, and watch out! You may be tempted to slurp this dressing like soup.

Instead, I suggest you destine this salad dressing for blanched and shocked kale (my personal favorite), steamed quinoa, butter lettuce, arugula, any veggies that need more oomph, and so much more. The best part is that the dressing does keep for several days in the fridge. The oil may solidify, but just keep the container out on the cabinet and it should soften within 20 minutes or so. Now, if pomegranate molasses just isn’t happening for you, I’ve tried this recipe with honey, and it’s still very tasty (albeit much higher in sugar). I also tend to leave off the pomegranate seeds if it’s not Winter season.

Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Slightly adapted from Crossroads by Tal Ronnen with Scot Jones (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015.

Notes

**Pomegranate molasses is a thick, reduced syrup of pomegranate juice that has a tart and fruity flavor. A gorgeous deep reddish purple, the molasses is found in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern markets, and it keeps almost indefinitely in the refrigerator. If pomegranate molasses is not available, pour two cups pure pomegranate juice into a small pot, put over medium-low heat, and boil until the juice has reduced to 1/4 cup and is thick and syrupy, about 20 minutes. Let cool.

Ingredients

  1. 1/4 cup pomegranate molasses**
  2. 1/4 shallot, minced
  3. Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  4. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  5. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  6. 1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
  7. 1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  8. 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds

Directions

  1. Whisk together the pomegranate molasses, shallot, and lemon zest and juice in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the oil until emulsified. Stir in the mint, parsley, and pomegranate seeds. This sweet, tangy vinaigrette marries well with peppery greens like dandelion. Leftovers will keep for four days covered in the refrigerator.

Information

Category
Condiments/Sauces, Dressings
Cuisine
French
Yield
8 servings

Nutrition

Calories per serving
157 per two-tablespoon serving
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