Nuts, berries and spinach are well-recognized antioxidants. Less known, but no less potent, are spices and herbs. A half teaspoon of dried oregano, for example, has as many as a quarter cup of almonds or four cups of fresh spinach.
It's a message that McCormick brand seasonings is touting with a recipe series online featuring seven "super spices": cinnamon, ginger, oregano, red peppers, rosemary, thyme and yellow curry.
"The super spices are an easy way to add lots of flavor to backyard cookouts, picnics and block parties without adding fat grams or unnecessary calories. Almost like 'mini salads' themselves, they're a delicious way to boost the amount of beneficial phytonutrients on the menu," says nutrition expert Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD, author of the newest edition of The SuperFoodsRx series, "The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients."
The recipes are online at www.spicesforhealth.com, which includes more than 60 recipes, tips and tricks for adding antioxidant-rich spices to summertime fare.