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11 Spices that will make your food pop with flavor

Eating too much salt and sugar can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure, which can lead to more serious conditions like stroke and heart failure. Definitely not ideal! If you want to cut back on the excess sodium and sugar used in restaurant and takeout meals, but your attempts to prepare healthy dishes at home turn out bland and unsatisfying, we have you covered.

1. Ginger
This anti-inflammatory root spice can be added to beverages, including hot or iced tea and water. You can also add it to both sweet and savory dishes, including oatmeal and lentil soup.
2. Ancho Chile Powder
If you like the flavor of chili pepper without the intensity and heat, keep ancho chile powder in your cupboard.
3. Lime Zest
Lime zest can brighten up the flavor of a number of dishes on its own. It can also balance out stronger flavors like sesame oil or soy sauce.
4. Garlic
This potent flavor enhancer packs an impressive antioxidant punch for just four calories per clove.
5. Turmeric
Turmeric, and the active compounds it contains, has been linked to brain health and immunity as well as warding off weight gain.
6. Rosemary
A good source of calcium, iron and vitamin B-6, rosemary possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties tied to digestive and brain health along with anti-aging and cancer protection.
7. Cumin
Cumin powder, made from the ground dried seeds of a flowering plant, has a distinct flavor and aroma. The spice is frequently used in a number of cuisines around the globe, including South Asia, Northern Africa and Latin America.
8. Dill
Dill has been used for centuries in Asian medicine to control and manage diabetes and cardiovascular disorders.
9. Tarragon
Tarragon, a perennial herb in the sunflower family, exudes a licorice-like aroma and taste.
10. Parsley
Parsley is more than just a garnish. The herb, indigenous to the Mediterranean, has been used to treat gas. It also acts as a natural diuretic to remedy water retention.
11. Smoked Paprika
Smoked paprika is made by drying peppers over a wood fire, which gives off a tantalizingly deep, smoky flavor.

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