Bland, boring and un-tasty don’t have to be the first words you think of when you think “healthy eating.” Instead of being put off and thinking flavourless food, adding natural herbs and spices at meal times can help you boost the flavours of your meals, create a taste sensation AND benefit your health!

Here are our top 5 picks when it comes to spicing up your life!

1. Chili -  it’s not so much a flavour enhancer, it’s hugely beneficial to your diet and contains up to seven times the vitamin C level of an orange! Chili aids as an immune booster by fighting sinus congestion, helps to relieve migraines as well as helping to speed up a lazy digestive system. It's also a good source of:

  • Vitamin E - it acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals
  • Vitamins A - is an essential nutrient for supporting your vision, skin, healthy bone growth and your immune system
  • Folic acid - Folic acid helps your body produce and maintain new cells, and also helps prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer.
  • Potassium - causes the kidneys to excrete excess sodium, lowering overall sodium levels and thereby lowering blood pressure.
  • So what are you waiting for? Try adding fresh chilli, chilli flakes or ground chilli to your next meal and reap the health benefits!  

2. Turmeric – This beauty helps relieve pain of arthritis, injuries and dental procedures; it’s also being studied for its potential in managing heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Dried turmeric in powdered/ground form tastes great sprinkled over cauliflower and fish. Turmeric lattes are also a hot trend this winter, believed to help colds and be an alternative to your afternoon coffee! {INSERT LINK TO A TURMERIC LATTE ARTICLE}  

3. Ginger – typically used to relieve colds, nausea and stomach troubles, ginger is also rich in inflammation fighting compounds, which are proven to help when it comes to fighting some cancers and reducing arthritis pain. While fresh ginger is best when it comes to health benefits, you can also buy ginger ground and crushed. It’s delicious when added to a stir fry, stocks and soups and will boost the flavour of your basic protein and vegetable meal combo!

4. Cinnamon – Prized by King Solomon and used by the ancient Greeks and Romans to boost appetite and relieve indigestion, cinnamon could arguably be the spice of royalty. Cinnamon is good for circulation and is classified as a superfood, it’s an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory and reduces the risk of heart disease. You can add cinnamon to a combination of sweet and savoury dishes to add some great flavour and aroma to any dish. Add cinnamon to your sweet potato or mince or sprinkle over your yoghurt and berries for some extra flavour!

5. Saffron - Saffron has long been used in traditional Persian medicine as a mood lifter. Not only does it add an appealing colour to any dish, it also enhances flavour and tastes great with rice and shellfish.

Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith is the Founder of Glow For Life, with personal experience acting as the driving force for her passion to make a positive difference to the health and wellness of others.

Danielle tipped the scales at 30kg overweight in her childhood years and was a constant target for bullying. After making the decision to lose weight, Danielle moved to the opposite end of the spectrum, battling anorexia and bulimia for several years. Due to these early issues in her childhood she suffered from health issues later on in life like IBS, an underactive thyroid, nutrient deficiencies which lead to fatigue where she has spent countless hours and dollars with doctors, naturopaths and numerous allied health professionals trying to identify what was wrong.

After a lengthy recovery process, Danielle was able to build a healthy relationship with food, exercise and body image and made this a core priority in her life.

Unfortunately, a corporate career path with no passion or personal motivation caused Danielle’s priorities to slip, with health, fitness and attitude to life all taking a back seat.

The ‘Glow moment’ that Danielle had was a telephone call informing her that her mother was going to die. She was sick with jaundice, had a tracheotomy in her throat, was on a dialysis machine and her body was not receiving the nutrients required. The next day her father was admitted to hospital with renal failure.

Having experienced first-hand what can happen when you don’t prioritise health and wellness, Danielle knew it was her purpose to help educate and assist people to make positive changes in their lives to ensure that they are the ultimate version of themselves.

This was the catalyst for Danielle to quit her corporate career, study fulltime and begin her “Glow for Life” journey.

Since taking the plunge, Danielle has worked as a Personal Trainer at Soultrain in Woolloomooloo and as a Sport Massage therapist for the GWS Giants and worked with Julia Russell Massage therapy with such sports teams like The NSW Waratahs, South Sydney Rabbitohs, West Tigers and the NSW Cricket team.  She has just recently returned from spending time in New York training with some of the elite trainers at Equinox Greenwich in Manhattan and Celebrity Trainer from Muscle Manhattan, as well as training in Thailand at a Muay Thai training camp,  with current Muay Thai champion fighters.

Danielle is currently working with individuals, couples and families as well as in the corporate space, promoting health and wellness in the workplace and in general life.