Winter Spices that Add Flavor and Help You Lose Weight
So which winter spices help you lose weight? The short answer is almost all of them. The longer answer is the one that help you decrease sugar, fat, and salt consumption. Let's have a look at how winter spices help you lose weight.
Winter is Full of Sugar Plums
Winter is a time when sugar reigns supreme. Adding spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and other aromatic spices can help us all decrease the amount of sugar that we use. Sugar is easily digestible, and it absorbs quickly into our blood stream. It is a cheap form of energy, and our body uses that energy instead of burning fat cells. By cutting back on sugar, we force our body to burn fat cells and in the process we lose weight.
Cut Back on the Fat
Butter is one source of fat that is heavy in American foods. When backing you can substitute frozen apple juice or applesauce for butter. There are also many recipes for cakes that do not require butter. Another winter spice that helps cut down on butter is turmeric. Turmeric goes well in rice and other grain-based side dishes, and it's beautiful color is not only cheery, it is a spice that really adds flavor.
Get Rid of the Salt
Foods are full of natural flavors. Boxed foods are high in salt. Learning to cook healthy meals is not difficult, and it is not much more time consuming then cooking boxed meals. With a little preparation and forethought cooking from scratch becomes easy. Learn to use basil, oregano, rosemary, cilantro, thyme, and many other garden herbs to give food better flavor without all the salt. Salt causes our body to shed water. When we are thirsty, we eat. So cutting back on salt helps us stay hydrated and cut down on snacking and grazing.
If you want to learn more about how healthy foods can taste great, just visit the folks over at the Metabolic Research Center. This is a place where losing weight is about finding health. To that end, they offer a ton of support and a whole lot of recipes that are healthy, spice-friendly, and that help you lose weight.
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