4 Spices That Are Good For You

Did you know that spices can actually be good for you? Just another amazing benefit from Mother Earth herself. I am fascinated with herbs and spices. There really is a whole new world to explore when you look at what these small beauties can do for our health and well-being.

Here is a nugget I bet you did not know. Herbs and spices don’t just add flavor, but can actually help you to burn more fat. Here are some that you definitely want to include in your daily meals.

Ginseng

One of the best herbs that can help you burn more fat is ginseng. It burns fat by naturally speeding up your metabolism and helping to boost your energy levels. When your metabolism gets a nice boost, you are able to burn fat and calories at a more rapid pace. Plus, the extra energy makes you more motivated to exercise, also increasing how much fat you burn. You can get ginseng extract or get supplements that are really easy to take, so you don’t even have to add it to your meals. Ginseng is kinda hard to find so this might be one of the times I would recommend a supplement or tea.  Ginseng is in a lot of energy drinks as well. Stay away from most of these as they have other harmful stimulants in them.  Ginseng has also been proven to:

  • Improves Mood and Reduces Stress.
  • Improves Brain Function.
  • Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties.
  • Helps with Weight Loss.
  • Treats Sexual Dysfunction.
  • Improves Lung Function.
  • Lowers Blood Sugar Levels.
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The ginseng root sure is a strange looking root isn’t it? It’s kinda scary lol

Cinnamon

Who doesn’t love a little cinnamon? Luckily, not only is it delicious, cinnamon is good for you! It contains a lot more nutrients than you might imagine and can also help to boost your metabolism. Cinnamon helps with lowering blood sugar from diabetes and can even help with your cholesterol levels. So when you want to add some flavor to your coffee, sprinkle a little cinnamon on top. You can also make a delicious smoothie that tastes like dessert by combining almond or coconut milk with apples and cinnamon on top.  One thing to keep in mind is that not all cinnamon is the same. I never knew this till I took my aromatherapy training. Check out this video so you can learn more about cinnamon than you ever wanted to know lol. Its only 5 minutes and it is really fascinating I promise.

Mustard

Yes, mustard is good for you! This spice is often used on fattening foods like hot dogs, but it doesn’t have to be. You can add mustard spice or mustard seeds to a lot of different foods and side dishes that aren’t bad for you. My favorite thing to use mustard with is cauliflower potato salad. Do not say ewe till you try it :-). Also try dipping some of your favorite veggies in mustard. There are lots of different varieties of mustard, look for the one that fits your taste buds. Read the label carefully, lots of mustards have added sugar and fillers you do not need.  You will be amazed by how great tasting a good quality mustard can be.  If you are looking for really good quality mustard check out your local spice store.

Turmeric

Turmeric is becoming popular as a spice because it tastes great, or at least I think so and is extremely healthy. As a superfood, turmeric provides loads of nutrients that help you to be healthier overall, but also to burn fat and improve your weight loss efforts. It tastes similar to curry, so if you like a little kick to your veggie or rice dishes, sprinkle some turmeric in there. There are many different easy and healthy ways to use turmeric in your cooking.  I would spend the $ money and get really good turmeric. I throw it in smoothies and homemade juices all the time. Whenever I feel a little ick in the tummy I make this homemade tea.  I love to get the actual root at the local health food store. It is pretty easy to peel. Check out this video on how to do it using a spoon.
Be careful this stuff stains anything it touches 🙁

 

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