Sugar and Spice
Cookies, cakes and pies are usually seasoned with ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon as well as allspice, cardamom and anise.
While these spices can fill a kitchen with the scents of the holidays, they also serve a valuable purpose.
The chemical compounds in the spices have antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. They help boost our immune system, and many have demonstrated antitumor activity.
For a recipe that combines several spices, try this chai tea that makes a delightful start to any winter morning.
The spices can be stored in an airtight container to use daily.
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