Overwhelmed by your spice rack that is full of diverse flavors and unsure which to use? You are not alone. Studies have shown that Midwesterners are open to trying more spices but wind up typically sticking to black pepper and garlic due to lack of knowledge about other, more exotic spices. Our nutritionist and CEO,
Stacy Goldberg, understands the spice struggle and gives the rundown on spices and their health benefits on WDIV Channel 4. Goldberg makes the spice rack less intimidating and more inviting by explaining how to use spices effectively to help prevent diseases, promote healthy bodily functions, combat your sweet tooth, and avoid high sodium and fat to overall “spice things up” and get going in the kitchen to achieve a healthy, well-balanced diet.

 

Stacy’s Top 5 Favorite Spices-Infused Savorfull Snacks

 

Actually Spicy Rosted Crunchy Lentils

Add a little crunch to your soup with this all-natural and high protein, spicy addition. Having only three ingredients including lentils, 100% pure olive oil, and spices, these lentils are a great way to healthily spice up your dishes or eat right out of the bag for a satisfying and flavor-packed snack. Even better, they include cayenne, which can be medicinal so give them a go if you are feeling a bit under the weather.

FREE-FROM: Casein, coconut, corn, dairy, egg, gluten, shellfish, soy, tree nut, wheat, GMOs

 

 

Ginger Bar Simple Squares

Grab one of these high protein and high fiber bars for sugar and spice and everything nice. These bars are the perfect organic snack bar that are working to shift the grab-and-go food culture from preservatives to whole foods. Throw one in your purse or briefcase, tuck one in your child’s lunchbox, and guiltlessly enjoy this all-natural energy snack with a kick of ginger spice known for helping to soothe upset stomachs.

FREE-FROM: Corn, dairy, egg, soy, gluten, GMOs

 

Argentinian Chimichurri, Ethiopian Berbere, and Levantine Za’atar Spice Food Nuts Dry-Roasted Almonds

Who knew that almonds could taste this good! Try all three of these unique flavors to experience the spices of various cultures and “eat like a local.” These nuts are all-natural and filled with healthy fats, making this a tasty snack for any time of day. Sprinkle your favorite flavor on your salad to add an exotic twist.

FREE-FROM:  Casein, coconut, corn, dairy, egg, gluten, peanut, shellfish, soy, wheat, sesame

Apple Cinnamon Nature’s Bakery Fig Bar

Looking for a quick, healthy bite to satisfy your sweet tooth? Try these low sodium, tasty cinnamon bars made from Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour to curb your dessert cravings. These bars are a great source of fuel whether you are powering up before a big game or snacking before your speech at an important meeting, and conveniently, cinnamon can help naturally freshen your breath.

FREE-FROM:  Casein, Corn, Dairy, Egg, Peanut, Peanut Free Facility, Shellfish, Soy, Tree Nut, Tree Nut Free Facility, GMOs

Sweet & Spicy Germack Castachio Nuts

These bags of pistachios and cashews combine sweet and spicy flavors for a nutritious snack filled with healthy fats and powerful flavors. Produced out of Detroit, these nuts make a great high protein snack alone or addition to Greek yogurt by adding delicious spices with antioxidant effects and unique flavor.

FREE-FROM:  Casein, Coconut, Corn, Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Peanut, Shellfish, Soy, Wheat

Next time you reach for black pepper or garlic, rethink your choice and try something new using our advice. Remember, variety is the spice of life so vary your spices to get the most out of your kitchen (and your snacks)!