Say bye to bland and boring! Spices are an incredible way to add flavor and zest to any dish (not to mention packed with a variety of health benefits). One of my simple Eat Yourself Gorgeous Quick Tips is to “spice it up” and a tip that I always suggest to my clients. Below are some of my favorite spices that have been proven to increase satisfaction levels, curb cravings, and speed up your metabolism.
- Garlic: Hello 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.
- Cinnamon: This saucy spice 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 AM 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 salmon entrée. Check out my simple Cinnamon Pumpkin Pancake video tutorial here.
- Nutmeg: 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. My “bliss in a cup” pumpkin parfait video tutorial can be found here. Nutmeg also naturally soothes your stomach, lowers anxiety levels and detoxifies the body.
- Cayenne Pepper: Improves digestion, 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.
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