Loving the BITE: Cumin Grilled Chicken Breasts

  • Improving your digestion.  Let’s face it – athletes often have digestion issues to deal with – whether it’s from timing food intake with a workout, the extra gas that’s produced from gulping air or gulping food during training, or just the “pounding” our insides can take from the motions of running or cycling.  Cumin improves gastric motility (how food moves through your digestive system) and pancreatic enzyme secretion which helps you break down food efficiently.  In fact, cumin may just reduce gassiness (I tried to think of more to say after this sentence, but nothing seemed appropriate – we’ll just say that I live in a house with 3 males!).
  • Reducing your risk of cancer.  Both stomach and liver tumor risk have been reduced in animal studies using cumin.  And, who couldn’t use a little cancer-risk-reduction?
  • Increasing antioxidants in your blood.  You simply can’t get enough of these especially with the increase in oxygen turnover in the athlete’s body.  Antioxidants, which give cumin its rich color, will scavenge the free radicals in your blood (which cause cell damage) and reduce the amount of cholesterol that’s able to enter the cell wall and form plaques – and cumin’s got ‘em.

This week, think beyond protein, vegetables, fats, fruit, and other food groups – think herbs and spices for health.  Choose richly colored ones for a source of antioxidants and great taste.  Cumin’s delicious flavor makes it an easy one to use.  In everything.  Really.

Fuel Your Ride.  Nourish Your Body. 

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  • Kristin Pokoyoway

    I watch your blog every week for new recipe’s. So far, everyone we’ve made turns out excellent. Made this as a slow cooker too, delicious!! Thanks again :)

    • Kelli

      Awesome Kristin – I’m so glad you liked this one and the others.  Last time I made the Cumin Chicken, I used the meat as filling for chicken tacos – yum.  Take care and always feel free to make requests:)

      • Kristin

        Well…I am always looking for chicken recipes. We eat a lot of chicken, so it’s all about being creative and healthy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1040301851 Amanda Gale Kotyk

    Thanks again for another great recipe, Kelli.  I use cumin in almost everything….will definitely try this simple chicken recipe!  

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelli-Myers-Jennings/571783190 Kelli Myers Jennings

      You’re very welcome, Amanda.  This recipe is surprisingly good for how simple & easy it is. I’ve actually used it as a slow cooker recipe as well – works great!