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Natural Awakenings Indianapolis

Letter from Publisher: Spice Up Your Life

Mar 05, 2018 06:01PM

Welcome to our March Healthy Food issue, with a special focus on ethnic cuisines and super spices, all to spark our taste buds and optimal well-being. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I’m excited to explore and expand my gastronomic horizons.

Judith Fertig’s feature article, “The World’s Healthiest Cuisines," explores five countries known for their flavorful dishes and health-enhancing practices. In addition to identified health benefits, ethnic dishes offer up a variety of bold flavors and beyond-the-ordinary options. Experimenting with new recipes, spices and restaurants brings a layer of life-enhancing adventure and zing to the table.

Many people feel a strong connection with what they enjoyed eating as children, which was often based on their parents’ preferences and backgrounds. In our home, mealtime typically incorporated items from my father’s Hungarian heritage with chicken paprikash being a family favorite. On a bucket-list trip to Budapest several years ago, I loved experiencing this dish in the country where it was originated. I also purchased Hungarian paprika in bulk from the Great Market Hall to bring home—a practical souvenir.

Spices afford distinctive ways to punch up flavor, even in old standby recipes. It so happens that paprika is among the top six health-enhancing seasonings that writer Amber Lanier Nagle explores in this month’s Conscious Eating article, “Spice Up Healthy Cooking.” Cinnamon is another one, which our family shakes it into everything from smoothies to our “secret ingredient” chili. All six are commonly found in most pantries and now is the perfect time to get them out and use them with abandon. Remember to replace herbs and spices if they’re more than a year old—a rule of thumb with experienced chefs.

In her local feature article, “Herbal Allies for a Strong Immune System,” Audrey Barron, local food personality and owner of Ezra’s Enlightened Café, discusses plants and spices that apply to healing and vitality, especially important during winter flu and cold season. Check out Barron’s Garlic & Honey Remedy and Turmeric & Elderberry Tea (recipes in the magazine are on page 16) to help keep your body in top condition.

Beyond fuel for our body, food can become so much more as we use it to create memories and prompt adventures. An upcoming opportunity to do this is the 2018 Indy VegFest at the Biltwell Event Center on March 31, a free community event. With more than 75 vendors, it has something for everyone, including food and drink samples from local restaurants, cooking demos, fitness activities and giveaways throughout the day. Have some fun this month and switch up standard family routines and menu options. I think you’ll find some new favorites to enjoy.

To vibrant health,

Teona Signature

Teona Wright, Publisher

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