Sweet-toothed friends, rejoice!

Fennel is here to hold your hand through your mid-afternoon or post-dinner sugar cravings.

The seeds of a fennel plant are a wonderfully sweet, licorice-flavored spice that offer a wealth of nutritional benefits. They are best known for their soothing digestive properties —because they’re high in insoluble fiber, fennel keeps your food moving along the digestive tract. Fennel is a wonderful way to naturally combat constipation, and it even helps balance cholesterol levels.

Although you’ll only eat a small amount at a time, that small dose will also give you a huge boost of valuable minerals like iron, selenium, copper, calcium, manganese and magnesium.

How to Enjoy Fennel

You can pop a few fennel seeds straight into your mouth after each meal, or try our favorite method — digestive fennel tea. Readily available in the spice section of most grocery stores, simply crush the fennel seeds to release their flavor and soothing volatile oil. Steep the crushed seeds for 5 minutes and watch how this caffeine-free tea calms your nerves and aids digestion after each meal!

If the flavor of licorice is too strong for you, add a teaspoon of fresh ginger and dried mint to your mixture before you steep it in boiling water.

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