For the second time this week, I saw the words "Star Anise" graze the pages of my fitness journal and healthy cookbooks.
As I uttered those two words out loud, Eric P., my amazing husband who I can openly say does the majority of the cooking, said
"We've had it. I put it in the mulled wine we made on the weekend."
YES! I knew there was a reason to say warm crock pot mulled wine was good for you!
All joking aside, this amazing little herb is packed with huge anti-inflammatory properties.
It even has the ability to unlock and activate the healthy genes in our body triggering less fat storage and makes us less of a cancer risk.
Cancer = Bad.
Fat = Bad.
Inflammation = Bad.
I don't have to tell you about the first two, but when our body is in a stressed or in an inflammatory state, we look like the Michelin man.
OK, I might be exaggerating, but internally, our body bloats, stores fat, fries brain cells, and reduces our ability to sleep and recover, leaving us feeling wiped 24/7.
Add a little star anise into your life, a spice you can get at most regular grocery stores, and your placing your body in the balance it needs.
Jaime Oliver in his new cookbook "Everyday Superfood" shares this easy therapeutic tea.
Half a few strawberries and place it in a teapot with 2 dried hibiscus flowers and 1 star anise.
Stir in one liter of just boiling water and steep for 5 minutes. Enjoy hot, cold, or as ice tea.
If it's time to indulge, place it in your mulled wine or sangria.
Enjoy the goodness star anise brings!