Health Benefits Of Spices
Fitness / health, Food, Lifestyle

Spice Up Your January With Gousto

Ever wondered about the natural health benefits of spices? Well today I am explaining a few of them and I have joined Gousto the recipe kit company for Spice Up Your January!

January is all about the diet and detox for a lot of people. I know that after a heavy festive season I start to feel tired and like I need bit of a boost. I started the year thinking about healthy eating but did not want to set myself unrealistic goals and start some fad diet that I could not keep up in the long term. After seeing this Spice Up Your January with Gousto campaign I was eager to try it out.

By adding spices to your food for flavour you not only gain some of the wonderful health benefits, but also add flavour and interest to your food but with no extra calories. They can add complex and sophisticated tastes to savoury and sweet dishes alike.

Here are some well known health benefits of spices as stated on the Gousto Blog

  • Black Pepper: acts as an antidepressant
  • Cardamom: counteracts digestive problems such as bloating, heartburn and loss of appetite
  • Paprika: very good for maintaining eye health
  • Coriander seed: controls blood sugar levels
  • Star Anise: a natural anti-fungal
  • Cloves: very good for treating tooth decay. A natural anaesthetic
  • Fennel Seeds: thought to prevent osteoporosis
  • Cinnamon: helps aid weight loss
  • Chilli: helps speed up metabolism
  • Saffron: used to prevent insomnia
  • Turmeric: a natural antiseptic

The benefits are wonderful and it’s all natural which is what I like.

Each week in January Gousto are doing a different spice box filled with healthy recipes made with spices.

Week 1: Ras-el-hanout

Ras-El-Hanout recipe

Week 2: Sumac


Week 3: Allspice

AllSpice Recipe

Week 4: Nigella

Nigella Seed Recipe

Gousto sent me over a Ras-El-Hanout spice box to test and I absolutely loved it.

Ras-El-Hanout is a north african spice blend. The mix would traditionally contain dried rose petals, cumin, coriander, black pepper and turmeric but it can be a mixture of a myriadspices.

It arrives in a box delivered to your door at the perfect temperature due to the clever wool cool packaging.

What's inside Gousto Box

Gusto Box Contents

Gusto Box Review

The kit included all the ready measured out ingredients to make:

Grilled Yogurt Chicken

Gousto Grilled Yogurt Chicken

Persian Halloumi

Gousto Persian halloumi

I’ve tried a few recipes from Gousto now and I must say they have all been wonderfully easy to cook and very fresh high quality ingredients. I really of highly rate the service. They are great for busy people who want to eat fresh.

The dishes were fun and easy to cook and tasted delicious!

I hope you have enjoyed reading about the Health Benefits of Spices and finding out about the wonderful Spice Up Your January Campaign by Gousto.

Let me know as always in the comments section below what you think!



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  • Alice

    What a wonderful informative post! I love all of these spices!

    Fashion Soup

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Alice! xx

  • Linda Libra Loca

    I love cooking with Ras-el-Hanout, it is a staple in my kitchen.

    Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Jacquard Flower

      Great! I had never heard of it before this campaign, I would love to find out more recipes and make them. Gemma x

      • Linda Libra Loca

        Mr. Loca has worked a lot in Marokko, so he loves the cuisine and brought back much inspiration from there.

  • Wendee Isaacs

    thanks for sharing. didnt know the health benefits of these spices.

  • Gabrielle

    Oh yum! I have quite a few allergies and so experiments such as this are out of the picture, though I can appreciate the concept 🙂 Did you take the photos of the spices, by the way? They’re incredible!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Jacquard Flower

      Oh no that’s a shame about your allergies. I know that when I have ordered from Gousto in the past they asked bout food allergies so I think they do cater for them. I think as you get all of the ingredients in seperated you know exactly what’s going in to each meal too which helps. The spice pics are amazing I agree and no I didn’t take them 🙂 They are courtesy of Gousto. Have a lovely day. Gemma xx

  • Noortje Wijckmans

    This looks amazing! I always spice my meals (sometimes a bit too much), because it just adds so much flavour and depth to a dish!
    Project NW | Nakd Addicted

  • Candice Petersen

    Pepper is probably my favourite to use haha can’t live without it and salt ofcourse

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • Jacquard Flower

      Haha you can’t go wrong with salt and pepper 🙂

  • Danielle

    This sounds really amazing! Love the concept of this! Trying to get more into different spices! They are so amazing! Have a great day Gemma!!! xo


    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Danielle, have a lovely day! Gemma xx

  • yasmin sanchez

    It is very interesting and good looking has everything !!

  • Itzel Najar
  • Gina G

    So cool! This sounds awesome, and I love the breakdown of what each spice and do


    Pink Wings

  • Ela BellaWorld

    I use most of these spices when I cook, I also like discovering new spices and their benefits. Both of these recipes look so delicious! xx

    Ela BellaWorld

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Ela. x

  • thefashionsalt

    That looks like such a fun service! I love using different spices and tasting the unique flavors. I knew a lot of their health benefits, but the black pepper surprised me. I never knew it acted as an anti depressant. I love this post!

    • Jacquard Flower

      Hi Lili, yes it surprised me too actually. Have a great weekend. Gemma xx

  • Ileana Druetta

    This looks so interesting! I did not know what the condiments did 🙂



  • Trishna

    Wow, I loved reading this ♥

  • Iris / A DASH OF FASH

    That first picture is so fun! Love your take on the subject as well.

    Glad I stumbled up on your blog! You’re welcome to check out mine as well 🙂

    xoxo Iris

    A Dash Of Fash

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Iris! I will 🙂

  • Jalisa

    Wow, this is such a wonderful and informational post, Gemma! I knew about cinnamon helping in weight loss, which is why I always put it in my oatmeal, but I never knew about the rest of the spices. Thanks so much for sharing, I definitely learned some new things!



  • Nadia

    This is a fabulous post, Gemma! I really loved it! I am a big fan of spices and have started to cook properly after getting married (when you live alone and work crazy hours you just eat anything lol). Loved it! Thank you sooo much for sharing, I am bookmarking this, babe 🙂
    xox Nadia

  • Melange-Boutique by Noe&Lolita

    OMG sounds fantastic, and love all spices for cooking

    Melange-Boutique Blog by Noe&Lolita

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  • trend-mixblog

    This is so cool! I never knew about the different purposes of spices (all I knew is that they were tasty) lol 🙂

  • Raquel Radenbaugh

    I’m so loving this post, especially since I’ve been getting more into cooking and eating healthy lately. Huge fan of paprika!

    XO Raquel

    • Jacquard Flower

      I love paprika too! x

  • Heather Noire

    Love this especially to spice up my January! lovely xx

  • Sophie Athawes

    I had no idea about all these! I need more cinnamon clearly haha. My brother used this service for a little while and he really liked it. He stopped it after a while but it really helped him to understand how to cook and things you can add to really set off a meal. I’m really tempted to try it, some of the things he made were delicious! xx

    Sophie Elizabeth

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks for sharing that! It’s good to know that your brother thinks they were good as I do. They have a great selection of recipes now on the website that changes each week so something for everyone 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend. xx