Summer Spices

The Mindful Munch

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by Carina Sohaili of Vibrant Healthy Life

Spices are an incredible way to transform the taste of any dish. Say bye to bland and boring! Below are some of my favorite spices that have been proven to curb cravings, speed up your metabolism, and increase satisfaction levels.

Cayenne pepper improves digestion and blood circulation, and increases energy levels. This precious pepper creates heat in the digestive tract that helps your body store food more effectively, improving digestion and aiding in feelings of satisfaction. Cayenne pepper also contains high amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and essential minerals.

Hello, garlic: a fat-burning, metabolism-boosting nutrition powerhouse! Garlic is great for balancing blood sugar levels (which will reduce your energy highs and lows). This is good because it will curb cravings for unhealthy foods. Garlic also builds up your immune system, lowers high blood pressure, and helps dissolve blood clots. Another added bonus? It is packed with a powerful antioxidant that has been proven to help fight off infectious diseases.

Feeling a cold coming on? Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and great metabolism booster. Simply mix this spice with some almond milk and stevia for a late-night treat to beat that cold before it starts. Turmeric has a bitter-peppery flavor that goes great with cooked vegetables and lean meats. Steamed cauliflower with a splash of olive oil and turmeric is delicious.

Cinnamon is great for stabilizing energy levels because it does not spike your blood sugar. Cinnamon also helps with stomach cramps and nausea. Get in the habit of throwing some in your a.m. coffee, on your whole-wheat toast, or in your 3 p.m. Greek yogurt snack. Get creative. There are no limits! Splash some on your popcorn or even on a steamed salmon entrée.

Nutmeg naturally sooths your stomach, lowers anxiety levels, and detoxifies the body. One of my favorite combinations is pumpkin and nutmeg for a delicious mid-afternoon treat. You can buy organic canned pumpkin at your local market (it is the same price as normal canned pumpkin). Mix it in with some nutmeg, stevia, and — if you are craving a creamier flavor — add in some Greek yogurt. A cup full of delight! Try it before you judge. It is a fantastic healthy carbohydrate and nutrition-packed powerhouse. Store nutmeg and canned pumpkin in your office kitchen whenever you are having a 3 p.m. snack attack at work.

If you are curious about how to speed up metabolism and what it actually is, check out my old blog posting:

What are you waiting for? Step into summer and start spicing up your health!

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