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KETO LOW-CARB CHINESE 5 SPICE (HEART HEALTHY)

KETO CHINESE 5 SPICE

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I adore this Keto Chinese 5 spice! Once readily available, in Canadian supermarkets, it’s now a rarity. So, I crafted the blend from scratch for Shawn and me. The classic North American version combines cinnamon, ground cloves, ground star anise, ground fennel seeds, and Szechwan or ground black peppercorns. Some mixes include ginger, nutmeg, and licorice, but these extras alter the blend beyond its five-ingredient title. Despite this, the spice mix shines in stir-fries, roasted meats like chicken and pork, and even desserts. Chinese 5 spice pairs beautifully with sweetness. To ensure harmony, I blend about a cup with Swerve Brown Sugar. This melds spice and sweetness seamlessly for all recipes. For grinding, a coffee grinder or magic bullet does the trick, transforming spices and sweeteners like fennel seeds and star anise into powder.

WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF KETO CHINESE 5 SPICE?

What is the nutritional value of Keto Chinese 5 Spice:

Cinnamon for Keto Chinese 5 Spice

Cinnamon:

Cinnamon boasts antioxidants, shielding the body from oxidative stress and inflammation. Research indicates it may lower blood sugar levels by enhancing insulin sensitivity, particularly useful for diabetics. Additionally, its anti-inflammatory traits may benefit heart health by lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Additionally, cinnamon’s antimicrobial properties could help prevent infections, bolstering overall immune function.

Star Anise for Keto Chinese 5 Spice

Star Anise:

Star anise abounds in antioxidants like linalool and quercetin, fighting oxidative stress and inflammation. Its compound anethole exhibits antimicrobial properties, bolstering immune function and warding off infections. Traditionally used for digestion, star anise eases bloating and indigestion, fostering gastrointestinal health. Furthermore, its potential anti-inflammatory effects may aid in managing inflammation-related conditions.

Fennel for Keto Chinese 5 Spice

Fennel:

Fennel boasts ample fiber, fostering digestive health by preventing constipation and nurturing a balanced gut microbiome. Its compounds like anethole and fenchone wield anti-inflammatory properties, potentially curbing bodily inflammation. Additionally, fennel’s essential oils and antioxidants may combat infections and bolster immune function. Moreover, phytonutrients such as quercetin and rutin enhance its antioxidant activity, safeguarding against oxidative stress.

Cloves for Keto Chinese 5 Spice

Cloves:

Cloves boast antioxidants, like eugenol, with anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation. Studies show their potential antimicrobial effects, fighting infections and supporting immune health. Cloves aid digestion, reduce bloating, and improve gastrointestinal health. Additionally, compounds like tannins offer analgesic properties, potentially relieving toothaches and pain.

Sichuan peppercorns for Keto Chinese 5 Spice

Sichuan Peppercorns:

Sichuan peppercorns contain antioxidants like vitamin C and beta-carotene, neutralizing free radicals and supporting cellular health. Their active compound, hydroxy-alpha-sanshool, has potential anti-inflammatory effects, reducing inflammation. Traditionally used in Chinese medicine, they aid digestion by stimulating saliva production and promoting gastrointestinal health. Some studies suggest they may have neuroprotective properties, supporting brain health and preventing neurodegenerative diseases.

WHAT IS THE TASTE PROFILE OF KETO CHINESE 5 SPICE?

This Keto Chinese 5 Spice blend adds warmth, complexity, and spiciness to a dish. Due to 2 of the 5 ingredients offering a licorice flavor, the spice blend works incredibly well with the sweetness.

WHAT WINE HARMONIZES WITH KETO CHINESE 5 SPICE?

Because of its dominant spiciness and licorice flavors, this Keto Chinese Spice blend pairs well with sweet dishes.. The wine’s sweetness enhances the spice blend’s sweetness and effectively balances the heat and spice. When living a low-carb lifestyle, it’s important not to consume all your carbs in a glass of wine. You have a couple of options: enjoy any bone-dry wine without worrying about pairing it with the dish, or if you prefer harmony between the wine and food, add a pinch of stevia or monk fruit sweetener to your glass.

Opt for white wines like Riesling or Gewurztraminer or a pink rosé, as these varieties taste great bone dry or sweet and complement the added sweetener well. Their sweetness harmonizes with the spice blend while effectively offsetting the heat and spice.

WINE TIPS:

ALCOHOL AND KETOSIS:

To support your Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, choose quality, low-carb, and low-sugar non-alcoholic wines. Alcohol doesn’t align with these diets, as your liver prioritizes alcohol metabolism over nutrient processing, slowing ketosis and fat burning. Moreover, alcohol stimulates appetite, potentially leading to overeating.

ALCOHOL AND HEALTH:

Consuming alcohol taxes your liver and increases inflammation and cancer risk, especially with heavy use. It disrupts blood sugar levels and normal bodily functions, leading to dehydration.

NON-ALCOHOLIC WINE AND HEALTH BENEFITS:

Opt for non-alcoholic wines with minimal carbs and sugar to aid weight management, blood sugar control, and hydration. They contain nutrients and antioxidants from grapes, reducing the risk of heart disease. Additionally, they’re perfect for socializing without adverse effects, promoting happiness and reducing stress.

 

WHAT OTHER KETO LOW-CARB CONDIMENT RECIPES CAN I ENJOY?

KETO RANCH BUTTERMILK DRESSING

KETO RANCH BUTTERMILK DRESSING

Caesar Dressing (Heart Healthy)

Roast Beef Spice Rub (Heart Healthy)

Beef Bone Broth (Heart Heathy)

Ranch Buttermilk Dressing (Heart Healthy)

Cajun Spice Mix (Heart Healthy)

WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL YOU NEED TO PREPARE THIS RECIPE?

Measure the spices and add to a bowl.  Mix together with a spoon.

 

Transfer to a sterilized jar.

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KETO CHINESE 5 SPICE

KETO LOW-CARB CHINESE 5 SPICE (HEART HEALTHY)


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  • Author: Shari MAC
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 10 tablespoons 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Keto Chinese 5 Spice includes cinnamon, clove, star anise, fennel, & Szechwan or black peppercorns. For stir-fries, roasted chicken, & more!


Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons ground fennel seed
  • 2 tablespoons ground star-anise
  • 2 tablespoons ground Szechwan peppercorns*
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons ground cloves

Instructions

  • Use black peppercorns if Szechwan peppercorns not available.
  • In a coffee grinder or magic bullet, grind the fennel seeds, the star-anise and lastly the peppercorns.  Measure the spices and add to a bowl.  Mix together with a spoon.  Transfer to a sterilized jar.
  • Store and use as needed.

Notes

  • The recipe is based on the keto version and is approximate only.  One serving has 4 grams of net carbs.
  • (Note: The nutritional information provided is a courtesy and is approximate only.  We cannot guarantee the nutritional accuracy of any recipe on this site.  We cannot know what brands you use or how accurately you follow the recipe or what you like to add creatively to the dish. Use the information as a general guideline only.)
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Category: KETO LOW-CARB
  • Method: MIXING
  • Cuisine: DINNER

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 tbsp
  • Calories: 30
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 0
  • Fat: 1
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 7
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 1
  • Cholesterol: 0

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