Herbs and Spices Trump Sugar and Salt
Eliminate the salt and sugar from foods and you lose a lot of flavor. However, you don’t have to eat tasteless food to lose weight. All you need to do is learn how to cook with herbs and spices to jazz up your food while eating a healthy, weight loss friendly diet. Not only will herbs and spices add extra flavor to your favorite dishes, they come with many great health benefits.
Benefits of Herbs and Spices
Using herbs and spices in your diet offers a number of health benefits. Most spices and herbs only have a few calories per teaspoon, so they’re great if you’re on a low-calorie diet. Some herbs and spices are great sources of nutrients. For example, parsley contains vitamin C while paprika offers a good dose of vitamin A. Certain spices, such as cayenne, may even help you burn fat, boosting your weight loss efforts.
Tips for Beginners
If you’re new to cooking with herbs and spices, here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind for the best results:
- Avoid using too many herbs and spices in one dish. Try getting started with just one or two per dish until you become more familiar with them.
- If you’re cooking with dried herbs, add them early. Fresh herbs should be added at the end of cooking for the best flavor.
- For cold dishes, add spices and herbs several hours before you plan to serve the dish so the flavors can blend together.
- When using fresh herbs, chop them finely. This allows the food to better absorb the flavor of the herbs.
- Remember that dried herbs are more powerful than fresh herbs. Go easy with dried herbs but feel free to be more liberal with fresh ones.
Newer studies even show that many herbs and spices are powerful antioxidants that help protect your heart, prevent cancer, and more.
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