With the air turning crisp you may have noticed that pumpkin spice is everywhere! Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice candles, pumpkin spice muffins and the list continues. What you may not have realized, however, is that there isn’t actually any pumpkin in pumpkin spice!
So what comprises this fantastic concoction? Generally, it is a blend of 3 – 5 different spices. You can buy this pre-made at your local grocery store or make it yourself; it is super simple!
If you are making yourself, you’ll want to experiment with the ratio of ingredients to your liking. I recommend starting with this list from top to bottom, focusing more heavily on the top ingredients.
Although most of the recipes that call for pumpkin spice are unhealthy, the spices themselves have a wide variety of health benefits.
Here are Five Nutritional Tips on Five Spices in Pumpkin Spice:
- Cinnamon – Pumpkin spice contains cinnamon for its main ingredient. Grounding and earthy, studies have shown that cinnamon can help to lower blood pressure.
- Nutmeg – Nutmeg is also predominant in pumpkin spice. Nutmeg provides as much as 41% of the daily recommended amount of manganese in just one teaspoon.
- Ginger – Helpful in digestion, ginger also contains natural anti-inflammatory properties.
- Allspice – Actually a dried, unripen fruit, Allspice is packed with numerous minerals such as iron and copper.
- Cloves – Cloves help to boost the immune system all around.
So while you are baking all of your delicious Fall and Winter goodies, think how you can “clean up” the recipes not to counter effect all of the health benefits in your spices!
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