Who said eating healthy had to be bland and boring? Knowing the right herbs and spices to add to your cooking can give it loads of flavor and extra nutrients — plus they can boost your metabolism to help you lose weight. Sounds like a win-win to me. Here are some of the best herbs and spices to start working into your recipes to help you drop those extra pounds:
Turmeric contains the incredible curcumin antioxidant, and it serves as a warming spice. Warming spices increase your body heat which helps speed up metabolism. It’s easy to work into your meals for an added boost of healthy goodness. Sprinkle it into soups, stews, marinades, chicken, or even mix it into our scrambled eggs.
Interestingly, you’ll find cinnamon in many desserts, but all that sugar along with it doesn’t help. Try sprinkling cinnamon onto your oatmeal, in your coffee, on top of yogurt or sweet potatoes. It can balance your blood sugar and help you feel fuller longer while adding a sweet enough taste that can help quell your cravings.
Another spice that raises your body temperature and boosts your metabolism is cayenne. Use it on your meats, in soups and sauces, or even for your salad dressing for an extra pop of spice.
Recent studies have shown cumin can help you burn more body fat. It adds a delightful smoky flavor that you love in Mexican cuisine. It’s also used in Chinese and Indian cuisine too. Try experimenting with it to take your cooking to the next level with rubs and marinades or make a new salad dressing that will have you craving salads regularly.
Ginger is an excellent anti-inflammatory. It’s also great for its thermogenic properties like turmeric and cayenne. Fresh ginger is best grated right into the foods you cook. You can also slice it and add it to your tea for a post-meal soother. If you don’t have fresh ginger, ground ginger also works well.
Savory and pungent garlic is very popular as it works well in most recipes, but eating more of it will also help you to burn off more fat. It’s actually best to eat it raw, but if that’s too spicy for you, adding it to everything you cook still has plenty of health benefits.
7. Black pepper
Go ahead and add a little more black pepper on top of your eggs, meats, and even salads. Black pepper blocks the formation of new fat cells to stop weight gain before it begins. Plus, it helps bring out the flavors of your food naturally. Each of these spices is easily accessible and fit well into most recipes.
Between these seven options, you can always have at least one in every meal you have. Get cooking now with these herbs and spices, and you’ll be on your way to losing weight more naturally and extra flavorful food.