Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The Good News About Holiday Sweets

We all end to overindulge this time of year.  Who wouldn't with all the Christmas cookies being thrown around?

But the good news is that the butter, eggs and sugar are spiked with ingredients that are actually good for you.  Maybe that will help clear your conscience...

Ginger: After the gym, eat that gingerbread man...and not just the head.  A half teaspoon ginger can help relieve post-workout muscle pain.

Cinnamon: This spice is rich in antioxidants and can help lower your triglyceride levels. (Actually, this tip in one to use all year.  Sprinkle a little cinnamon on your daily cereal, coffee or cup of tea.)

Peppermint: This is a traditional remedy for indigestion...it turns out that it activates an anti-pain reaction.

Nutmeg: Thanks to antibacterial properties, nutmeg can help prevent tooth decay.

Cloves: These little nuggets have the highest concentration of antioxidants in the herb and spice world.

I'm going to go all-out and put all put peppermint in some apple cider...or maybe mulled wine.  It's the healthy thing to do.

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