Spice Up Your Life– Spices For All ‘Seasons’

Spice Up Your Life– Spices For All ‘Seasons’

Farm-to-table fruits, boiled vegetables and mild meats are most often the focal point of a healthy diet. When we think of a healthy meal, what are the words that come to mind? Raw, bland and sometimes flavorless. But this doesn’t always have to be the case.

Both spices and herbs are great at flaring up your food and broadening your palette minus the fluffy blanket of calories. By using the right spices in your food, you can effectively cut down on fats, salt and sugar, without compromising on the flavor.

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According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, adults are recommended to reduce their sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams a day to keep high blood pressure at bay. Spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cayenne and basil are the perfect alternative to salt and sodium-based additives.

And now for the best part, spices are great at boosting weight loss and revving up the metabolic rate!

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Black pepper has the other-worldly ability to interfere with the formation of fat cells. This means they help in reducing waist size, cholesterol and body fat. Add a generous spoonful of cinnamon to prevent insulin spikes. And what does this mean? Lesser sugar cravings and stronger appetite control!

Pack a punch to your scrambled eggs and meats with a dash of cayenne pepper. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the capsaicin found in cayenne pepper helps in blasting belly fat and suppressing monstrous appetites. Eating 1 teaspoon of mustard (amounts to a whopping 5 calories!) boosts the metabolism by 25% for numerous hours afterwards! Raw fennel is great at detoxifying and exfoliating the skin. Then there’s cumin powder, which decreases body fat, reduces cholesterol levels and also helps in reducing overall body fat percentage.

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And it’s not just all about the weight loss. These tiny batches of powder are packed with thousands of polynutrient compounds and antioxidants that help fight diseases and improve overall health. From anti-inflammatory turmeric, flu-fighting oregano and diabetes-battling cinnamon to attention span-improving ginger and brain power-boosting cumin, spices are the real deal!

spices in wooden bowls to add to healthy meals

Add These Spices To Your Everyday Meals

  • Add 2-5 teaspoons of cinnamon or cloves to your French toast/pancake batter, oatmeal or coffee.
  • A pinch of turmeric on your chicken, rice, salads or scrambled eggs should do the trick.
  • Add a pinch of oregano to your soup or sandwich.
  • Add fresh basil leaves on your green salads or vegetable casseroles.
  • Steam fennel with your greens or add it to your grilled fish and stir-fry veggies.
  • Add powdered cumin to guacamole, chickpeas, hummus, mayo or nuts.

Bland foods often cause a spike in cravings amongst even the most seasoned dieters, but that’s a thing of the past. By adding spices to your low-fat meals you’ll add a pop of flavor that will keep you feeling satisfied, and thereby less hungry, until it’s time for your next meal. So the next time you’re cooking up a meal that’s in sync with your diet, remember to dress up your chicken with some sultry cayenne pepper or rosemary and we guarantee that your taste buds will immediately bounce back from hibernation mode!

What spices do you like to add to your food? Share in the comments below.

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