5 Health-Boosting Spices for the Spice Beginner — and How to Use Them

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Learn how to incorporate these 5 easy spices into your daily diet — for flavor and health.

By Kanchan Koya • Originally published on

Have you found yourself staring at the rows of colourful spices in the grocery aisle, wondering where to start?

Do you feel confused about how to regularly incorporate beneficial and flavourful spices into your family’s food?

Do you equate spices with ‘ethnic food’ and are unsure about whether that’s something your family will enjoy day in and day out?

If you answered yes to any of the above, this post is for you.

5 Spices For The Spice Beginner

Before we dive into my favourite spices for beginners, here are reasons why ancient, healing spices deserve a prominent spot in our modern kitchens:

  1. Spices have a plethora of health benefits.
  2. Spices are all natural.
  3. Spices add gorgeous flavor to simple foods.
  4. Spices reduce the need for salt and sugar in the diet.
  5. Especially for kids, spices expand palates and result in more adventurous, arguably healthier eating.

In my experience, the following five spices are a wonderful place to start experimenting in your kitchen. They are aromatic, flavour-packed yet mild, health-boosting and pair well with many dishes we all enjoy on a regular basis.


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Whether you are a beginner or an advanced spice user, I hope these ideas will inspire you to keep experimenting with these magical, natural ingredients. More importantly, offer them to your kids and families for a healthier, more flavourful life.

Tell us in the comments: What is your experience with spices? Do you have any tips or suggestions for using spices?

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