It’s that time of year: Pumpkin spice season. But, did you know pumpkin spice goes beyond a craze and flavor? There are many health benefits of homemade pumpkin spice.
From antioxidants to anti-pain, to anti-inflammatory properties, homemade pumpkin spice is no slouch in nutrition.
Here’s an easy recipe to make it, use it, and what it does in the body.
In an air-tight jar, place all ingredients inside, close lid, and shake vigorously to mix.
Store in a cool, dry place up to 6 months.
1. Make a Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte with MCT Oil Powder: Simply mix 12-16 oz. of your favorite coffee with 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil and 1 scoop MCT Oil Powder (any flavor). Add 1/4-1/2 teaspoon homemade pumpkin spice. Whip together by hand or in a blender.
2. Add Homemade Pumpkin Spice to Homemade Whipped Cream. Eat as is (if looking for a flavorful Keto Fat Bomb), or with desserts and drinks.
3. Use Homemade Pumpkin Spice in our spiced nuts, in place of cinnamon.
5. Stir Homemade Pumpkin Spice into Keto Pancake or Waffle Batter: Use about 1/2 teaspoon per cup of batter.
This is no ordinary “flavoring.”
Homemade Pumpkin Spice is full of ingredients that boost powder healthful compounds. Each of the four spices is beneficial for human health.
To start, cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant food.
In fact, cinnamon is:
Read more about these amazing benefits here.
In addition to fighting joint pain, ginger is (see full details of 7 Reasons this Wonder Spice is Great for Your Whole Body):
Cloves are another powerful spice. Take one look at them and you’ll realize its deep color and strong aroma come from poignant compounds. In the human body, cloves:
Help Balance Appetite and Hunger: To start, cloves contain more fiber than most spices. In addition, it’s strong flavor reduces the sensation of hunger.
Help Maintain Healthy Blood Sugars: If you are concerned about blood sugars, cloves can help. Simply add cloves to your foods and meals (alone or in Homemade Pumpkin Spice), for a blood-sugar-balancing effect. Cloves contain manganese, a mineral known for its blood-sugar-regulation properties.
In fact, a new, small pilot study has shown a formulation with cloves caused statistically significant reductions in post-meal blood sugar levels in participants with diabetes (10).
Cloves are Highly Anti-Inflammatory: Studies have shown they display anti-inflammatory properties, especially when eaten consistently or daily. In fact, they may help with inflammatory-pain conditions such as arthritis (11).
Cloves are Anti-Bacterial: Studies have shown that using a mouth rinse with cloves, basil and/or green tea oil helps fight plaque and bacteria (12).
Cloves May Also Help with Tooth Pain: A great clove benefit is its pain-relieving attributes. Researchers have found that cloves worked better at relieving pain, inflammation, wound healing, and infection than another common option.