Christmas' Healthy Flavors

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For many people, the holidays are a time to blow their diets and gorge on special desserts. Occasional splurging on sweets is usually permitted, but the holidays can also offer tastes with healthful benefits. The following Christmas flavors will add great taste to the holidays and may even enhance one’s health.

The scent of Juniper is as wonderful as it is wintry. Its association with Christmas probably stems from its evergreen appearance. While juniper berries are the main flavor of gin, they are also highly regarded for their medicinal properties. Juniper berries have a stimulating and antiseptic effect on the body. Juniper has been prescribed for people who suffer from chronic bladder infections. Historically, Native Americans used juniper to treat diabetes. The berries have also been used in many folk remedies and are said to relieve the symptoms of gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and even kidney infections. With its Christmas-time scent, a cup of juniper tea might be just the thing for a relaxing December evening before the fire.


Persimmon-stuffed bison topped with walnut pudding, cranberry purée, puffed barley and juniper berry skins. The bison is served sizzling, on hot river rocks, surrounded by fresh juniper branches in a cast iron skillet.
Persimmon-stuffed bison topped with walnut pudding, cranberry purée, puffed barley and juniper berry skins. The bison is served sizzling, on hot river rocks, surrounded by fresh juniper branches in a cast iron skillet. | Source
Juniper berry orange sauce.
Juniper berry orange sauce. | Source
Juniper Herb Roast Turkey.
Juniper Herb Roast Turkey. | Source


Given it's phallic shape, asparagus is frequently enjoyed as an aphrodisiac food. Feed your lover boiled or steamed spears for a sensuous experience. The Vegetarian Society suggests 'eating asparagus for three days for the most powerful affect.

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Anise

Anise is also a popular Christmas flavor.While it is most often featured in baked treats like cookies or cake, anise can also be taken in tea where it provides many health benefits.Centuries of folk medicine practitioners have prescribed anise to reduce abdominal ailments.Anise is said to greatly relieve symptoms such as cramps, bloating, and indigestion.Anise is also regarded as a powerful expectorant—which can be most helpful when dealing with a winter cold.Anise is also believed to reduce stress, nausea, and even heartburn.

Steamed Asparagus with Star Anise infused pomegranate Molasses
Steamed Asparagus with Star Anise infused pomegranate Molasses | Source
Christmas Anise Star cookies.
Christmas Anise Star cookies. | Source
Black christmas cake with cinnamon, star anise, allspice, black pepper, clove, mace etc.
Black christmas cake with cinnamon, star anise, allspice, black pepper, clove, mace etc. | Source
Clementines in wine-cinnamon-star anise.
Clementines in wine-cinnamon-star anise. | Source

Ginger

Where would Christmas gingerbread houses be without ginger? Ginger is a most healthful spice that has been used medicinally since ancient times.As a natural remedy, ginger has been used to treat everything from cancer to migraine headaches.Ginger is also commonly taken to reduce pain, inflammation, morning sickness, and menstrual cramps.Its pungent, pleasing taste can be used to flavor everything from tea to savory meals.In addition to these powerful health benefits, ginger may also help people ward away winter colds and flu.

Christmas Gingerbread cookies.
Christmas Gingerbread cookies. | Source
A starry kind of pie with ginger, cinnamon
A starry kind of pie with ginger, cinnamon | Source
 Double Chocolate Gingerbread cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting.
Double Chocolate Gingerbread cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting. | Source
Gingerbread Muffins.
Gingerbread Muffins. | Source

Peppermint

The cool, refreshing taste of peppermint is a famous Christmas flavor.Throngs of candy canes adorn Christmas trees and clamoring hands alike.But peppermint offers more than great taste.People have traditionally eaten peppermint to remedy upset stomachs and ease the digestive process; this is why peppermint candy is frequently given out at restaurants at the end of a meal.Peppermint oil has also been used to cool and relax the skin; a peppermint rub can be most soothing after an afternoon of shoveling snow.Some folk remedies call for peppermint to relieve headache symptoms as well.

Peppermint Bark
Peppermint Bark | Source
Peppermint Cream Cookies
Peppermint Cream Cookies | Source
North Pole Strawberry Smoothie Recipe with peppermint.
North Pole Strawberry Smoothie Recipe with peppermint. | Source
Cannoli with Peppermint Mascarpone Filling
Cannoli with Peppermint Mascarpone Filling | Source

Cinnamon

Although cinnamon is usually enjoyed the year round, it is a famous flavor of Christmas used to spice many holiday treats and desserts.One of cinnamon’s most important health benefits is its ability to lower bad LDL cholesterol in the body.Some studies suggest that cinnamon can be helpful to people suffering from diabetes; the spice appears to have the power to regulate blood sugar.Moreover, cinnamon is said to reduce arthritis pain, increase brain function, and even prohibit bacteria growth. Sprinkle cinnamon on ice cream or in coffee to enjoy its healthful properties.

Christmas would not taste like Christmas without these traditional holiday flavors.These tastes pair well with many meals, desserts, and beverages.Enjoying them during the holidays is a wonderful way to add their health benefits to your diet.

Eggnog and Gingerbread.
Eggnog and Gingerbread. | Source
Hot Buttered Chex Mix Recipe with Cinnamon
Hot Buttered Chex Mix Recipe with Cinnamon | Source
Christmas trees from cinnamon/orange rolls
Christmas trees from cinnamon/orange rolls | Source
Eggnog Cheesecake
Eggnog Cheesecake | Source

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mljdgulley354 5 years ago

What a great hub. Very informative and the photos were yummy


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moiragallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I'm glad you liked the hub and found it informative. Thank you for your comment mljdgulley354


Ish Mael 5 years ago

I wish I could eat the pictures! What a delicious treat for the holidays! I should try to make at least one of those. Great hub!


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moiragallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

The photos are very tempting indeed. Thanks for your comment Ish Mael, and enjoy trying out one of those treats.

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