Happy National Garlic Day! This little bulb may be pungent, but don't let strong-smelling breath deter you from its bounty of benefits (you can always freshen your breath with fennel).

By Maggie Puniewska
Updated December 03, 2020
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Happy National Garlic Day! This little bulb may be pungent, but don't let strong-smelling breath deter you from its bounty of benefits (you can always freshen your breath with fennel).

Garlic was used in ancient times as a blood thinner and cervical cancer treatment, and we now know it contains antioxidants. These and other compounds may help you fight colds or recover from the sniffles faster, and may even help lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, according to an Australian study.

Toss in a little crushed garlic into your meal for a healthy kick or try one of these super easy recipes below!

Chicken Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Garlic

Ingredients: Chicken breast, goat cheese, herb pasta sauce, garlic, basil, fettuccine

Calories: 503

Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Garlic, Parsley and Lemon

Ingredients: Whole wheat spaghetti, garlic, parsley, lemon zest, olive oil, black pepper, Parmesan cheese

Calories: 331

Cantonese Spinach with Garlic

Ingredients: Baby spinach, garlic, rice vinegar, canola oil, sugar, salt

Calories: 92

Garlic and Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

Ingredients: Chickpeas, garlic, sun-dried tomato, black pepper, salt, water

Calories: 175

Garlic Turkey-Broccoli Stir Fry

Ingredients: Turkey tenderloin, garlic, sesame oil, chicken broth, red bell pepper, broccoli florets, water chestnuts, soy sauce, salt, cornstarch

Calories: 262

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