Too often do we assume that being healthy is synonymous with making boring food choices. We’re here to tell you that healthy food ISN’T boring, spicing it up is actually good for you. And it’s not difficult either. A lot of the spices you already have in your cupboard can speed up your metabolism and help with weight loss.
Add any of these spices to your favourite dishes, drink them in tea, throw them in a cup of water or try a brand new recipe. The options are limitless! The world is your oyster! Now go forth and sprinkle a little cayenne on it!
Ah, a classic. Apple pies and chia tea lattes. Mmm. Turns out this almost-sweet spice is great for boosting your metabolism by stabilizing your blood sugar levels and blocking excess fat. It also makes you feel full longer so you don’t feel the need to overeat. Add it to oatmeal, yogurt, fruit or try this delicious cinnamon-honey butter on literally anything.
Now we’re really getting spicy. Cayenne packs a punch when it comes to flavour, but it also brings the heat to your metabolism. The active ingredient, capsaicin, actually raises your overall body temperature which speeds up the metabolism. Add it to your chili, any meat marinade or try this incredible salmon glaze.
Honestly, we rarely think about cumin, but maybe we should have paid it a little more attention. Research has shown that consuming cumin can help you burn up to three times more fat. Yeah, three times. It can also help with bloating and detoxing your body. Why have we been ignoring this for so long? Add cumin to your roasted veggies or rice or try out these spiced chickpeas for a yummy (and healthy) snack.
Speaking of things we wish we had paid more attention to sooner, turmeric is actually really good for you too. Not only does it make a pore-clearing face mask, it has thermogenic qualities like cayenne, helps with inflammation and digestion. This is one of the spices in curry but you can also add it to vegetables, rice or scrambled eggs or try out one of these spice blends on anything.
Ginger is one of those spices that is super easy to use fresh. Rather than buying the dried powder, invest in an actual root of ginger, keep it in the freezer until you need it, then just grate off the amount you need and put it back. This spice does double duty just like cinnamon: speeding up your metabolism and stabilizing your blood sugar. Ginger is amazing in a stir-fry, in stews, on meats or in this sesame-ginger salad. Yummy and super healthy. Now there’s really no excuse not to choose the healthier option.