Happy National Herbs and Spices Day! If you’re wondering why we’re so excited about this well-seasoned holiday, we have an explanation. Our team was recently introduced to Ground 2 Table, an organic food company that offers 12 perfectly-portioned spice blend packets that are sugar, salt and GMO-free – needless to say, we were pretty impressed. This idea comes from their passion to help people commit to healthier eating habits by offering them quality spicing to rely on as a secret ingredient for snacks, meals and even desserts (instead of giving in to greasy, salty or sugary alternatives). Another reason that we love the concept of incorporating more herbs and spices into our diets is due to the powerful circulatory benefits they offer. Of course we wanted to learn a little more about this, which is why we spoke with Ground 2 Table’s co-founder, Paul Fishman, who recommended that we try Spice Blend 12: Cinnamon and Spice.
The key ingredients in this all-organic blend include cinnamon, fenugreek powder, ginger and nutmeg. Right off the bat we know that cinnamon embodies anti-inflammatory properties and even lowers blood sugar levels, and that nutmeg and ginger are great for improving blood circulation and reducing pain and inflammation. Score! Paul told us that their team loves adding this blend to coffee, smoothies, oatmeal or sprinkled over apples. Here is a recipe for baked apples that is simple, delicious, and a perfect match for Spice Blend 12:
- 1 packet of Ground 2 Table’s Spice Blend 12: Cinnamon & Spice
- 4 large organic apples (Our personal favorite is honeycrisp!)
- 3/4 cup whole oats
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 3/4 cup water
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, combine oats, walnuts, Spice Blend 12 and maple syrup. Mix thoroughly.
- Remove the apple cores without cutting through the bottom of the apples. (*G2Tip* An apple corer works great; otherwise use a paring knife to cut out the core and a spoon to scoop out any remaining seeds.)
- Fill apple centers with the oat mixture.
- Place apples in a small baking dish, and add water to the bottom of the dish.
- Bake 30-40 minutes, depending on the size of the apples, until tender but not mushy.
- Remove from the oven and serve warm.
If you are interested in trying this recipe or one of their others (look here for more), you can enjoy 20% off of your next Ground 2 Table order using FARMAR20! Enjoy!