When things seem bland, sometimes it helps to spice things up a bit. There may be a finite number of combinations of basic food ingredients, but when you add all the permutations of spices and seasonings, the possibilities for creativity go way up and probabilities for palate boredom go down. It just so happens that adding variety, color, flavor and aroma to your cuisine – in healthy proportions with healthy ingredients – also can be a positive contributor to overall health which includes … wait for it … weight loss and maintenance. You’re not surprised, right? Not exactly ground-breaking news, but sometimes we get into culinary ruts and it’s helpful in more ways than one to vary routines and also try new recipes and formulas for our gastronomical bliss.
Here are some commonly touted spices and herbs for good nutrition (in moderation of course!) and therefore have potential to complement other weight loss/maintenance best practices.
- Black Pepper
Several of these are all described in more detail in this article: “13 Herbs And Spices Scientifically Proven To Help You Lose Weight” This article provides additional nutrition facts about health spices.
WebMD suggests that “Common herbs and spices may help protect against certain chronic conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.” The article continues: “Herbs, including basil and parsley, are from plants and plant parts. Spices often come from the seeds, berries, bark, or roots of plants.” There are an amazing number of spices to consider, but just starting with some of the more widely available, economical and popular types might be a place to start if you want to experiment with herbs and spices you haven’t tried before … or would like to re-introduce into your own and/or family’s cuisine. Dr. David Heber suggests “Studies show that many different herbs and spices offer health benefits.”
Moderation is always a good idea, so if you’re trying out recipes with unfamiliar ingredients, sometimes it might help to make a very small sample, batch or partial recipe and start with a fraction of the recommended amount, adding a slightly larger percentage at a time until you reach the point of taste you enjoy and/or an amount indicated by common sense and or medical advise. (Always consult your physician if you’re unsure of any health regimen change, of course. Unlike a few decades ago, it doesn’t take as much search as it used to in order to find a primary care physician or assistance with some depth and breadth in nutrition. Seek out those professionals.
Spice up your life and enjoy healthy seasoning in every season! 🙂