Sunday, May 17, 2009

Foodie Freebie Friday: McCormick Super Spices

Welcome back and I hope you had a fabulous weekend! It was a gorgeous weekend here in Chicago and I hope the weather continues the rest of this week. Grilling season is upon us and I'm now starting to think of ways to add some flavor to grilled meats. Aside from marinades, an easy way to put a new spin on food is with spices. Did you know spices were also healthy for you?!

McCormick has come done some extensive research on the benefits of spices and says "There's new reasons to season."

When you hear the word "antioxidants," what foods come to mind? Blueberries? Pomegranates? How about cinnamon?

That's right. When it comes to antioxidant prowess, cinnamon vies for top billing along with blueberries and pomegranate juice. You may be surprised that spices and herbs are extremely rich in antioxidants – with levels comparable to many fruits and vegetables, including today’s popular "super foods."

Spices and herbs make food taste great. You already know that. And you're probably aware of how they can help you eat healthier by cutting down on salt, fat and sugar when cooking. Now there's emerging evidence that these kitchen essentials may help protect your health. With each pinch, dash and spoonful, spices and herbs can help boost the antioxidant power of practically everything on your plate.

So what exactly are these things called antioxidants and why should you care? Antioxidants are extraordinary workhorses in our bodies. Studies suggest they provide a range of benefits, including giving our immune system a boost. They also appear to reduce inflammation, which is increasingly recognized as a first step in heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other chronic disease.

Preliminary studies indicate that spices and herbs have anti-inflammatory properties that may hold tremendous potential in promoting good health. Other studies suggest spices and herbs may help curb your hunger and boost your metabolism – which might make it easier for you to manage your weight.

Now more than ever, there are new reasons to season.

The Seven Super Spices dubbed by McCormick includes:

Red Pepper
Yellow Curry

For this week's Foodie Freebie Friday, McCormick has generously offered to giveaway a few Seven Super Spices Sets! You'll have a greater chance of winning this week's freebie since I will be choosing FIVE lucky readers! Ready to get in on the action?

Some guidelines:
- Giveaway is only for those who live in the United States - my apologies to my international readers!
- You must have a valid email address (within your comment or blog link) so that you can be contacted if you win.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment answering:

- Of the Seven Super Spices, which one do you use most? How do you prefer using it?

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 12 midnight CST.

FIVE WINNERS will be randomly chosen by Random.Org's Interger Generator based on the number of your comment and will be announced on Friday, May 22, 2009. Good luck!