Back-to-school season is a good time to get organized, and we bet your spice rack could use a reboot. Whether you're replacing old spices or stocking up on new ones for the first time, here are five healthy staples you can turn to all season long.

Moroccan Spice Blend
Photography by Christopher Testani
| Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

1. Turmeric

You've been hearing about turmeric everywhere, and for a good reason. Turmeric is super versatile: It can add serious flavor to breakfast (sprinkle a pinch into scrambled eggs), dinner (add to roasted vegetables), or dessert (blend into a smoothie). Or to make trendy homemade golden milk, heat up your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk, then stir turmeric to taste—keep in mind that a little goes a long way. To get the most out of the spice, always pair it with a pinch of black pepper, which helps your body absorb turmeric's antioxidant and anti-inflammation powers. 

2. Cinnamon

Another versatile spice, cinnamon can bring out natural sweetness in recipes, which means you won't need to add as much (or any) sugar. Swap try a dash of it in your morning oatmeal, or stir into pudding for an easy, healthier dessert. It can go savory too — try it in salad dressing!

3. Ginger

Ground ginger is sometimes overlooked because fresh ginger is, well, more fresh. But keeping ground ginger in your spice drawer can be more helpful than you'd think. Upset stomach? Stir 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger into hot water to make a simple ginger tea. Ginger can also add a kick to snacks like popcorn or nuts. In a pinch, you can substitute ground in recipes that call for fresh ginger. You'll need way less ground because it's more concentrated.

4. Cayenne Pepper

While you can use cayenne pepper to give a spicy kick to just about anything from meat to chocolate-banana toast to fruit, the spice is used by many in DIY home remedies. Mix it into apple cider vinegar to make tea that can also act as a decongestant.

5. Spice Blends

We're all for using individual spices, but if having a pre-made blend of spices means your healthy dinner is on the table just a little bit faster, we're all for it. If you're buying, we like new company Countertop's Grill Blends with Benefits, which is great for barbecuing or adding to soup, for or make your own Moroccan Spice Blend to jazz up plain 'ol chicken.