Spice Up Your Menu Plan


 

Chalkboard Spoons with SpicesWhen you think about eating healthy to lose weight, you may begin to dread having to eat tasteless, bland foods for the next months of your life. However, healthy foods don’t have to taste bland. With the addition of some herbs and spices, you can boost flavor and enjoy great health benefits. Skip the fats and salt by adding some of the following herbs and spices to your favorite dishes.

Cinnamon – Cinnamon is packed with antioxidants and helps the body better regulate insulin, keeping blood sugar levels stable. Add it to fruits and other dishes that you want to add some sweetness to so you don’t have to dump on the sugar.

Turmeric – Turmeric is great with seafood, chicken, and even with rice. You can add a bit to your eggs in the morning or use it in a healthy, homemade salad dressing. Turmeric helps reduce inflammation and may help to fight cancer and prevent heart disease.

Chili Powder and Pepper – This spice is great in many dishes, and it’s the capsaicin found in the hot chilies that give this spice it’s health benefits. Adding this spice to your dishes can help your body better deal with bad cholesterol. It also has weight loss benefits, since the capsaicin helps the body burn fat and boosts metabolism.

Ginger – Ginger has been used medicinally to help calm the stomach and fight off colds. However, new research shows that it can also help treat arthritis, reduce inflammation, and treat pain. While fresh ginger offers the best results, even powdered ginger offers some great health benefits. It can even help to fight off cravings, aiding in your weight loss efforts.

These are just a few delicious spices and herbs to add to your foods. Some other great options you can use to spice up your menu plan include garlic, cloves, parsley, mustard, black pepper, and coriander.

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