While on your weight loss diet, you can very well include some healthy spices and herbs in your meals to satiate your taste buds and help you lose weight at the same time.
Because whoever said healthy foods can’t be tasty, haven’t tried these 13 flavourful herbs and spices with their meals.
Check them out below:
This common spice comes with a number of health benefits such as maintaining balanced blood sugar, curbing cravings and keeping you full for longer.
While you may already sprinkle some cinnamon in your oatmeal for a more healthy breakfast, you could increase your intake of the spice by mixing it in cottage cheese, plain yogurt or your tea to make it more fragrant and flavourful.
Cinnamon could also make a great addition to savoury spice rubs and marinades for meat.
Black pepper contains plenty of fat burning properties and the spice has also been observed to block the formation of new cells to prevent weight gain in the first place.
Add freshly ground black pepper to just about every dish in your meals to witness effective results.
Cardamom is a thermogenic spice which essentially means it helps boost your body temperature and metabolism.
Cardamom is added to most Indian cuisine and is mixed with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger for a home-prepared curry blend or spice tea.
Cardamom could also make for a great ingredient in baked goods, coffee or meats such as lamb owing to its citrusy flavour.
Dandelions may be considered an unwanted weed while gardening but the plant is becoming increasingly popular among renowned chefs and cooks as a nutritious method of adding extra flavor to food and drinks.
Turns out, the ‘weed’ has some weight loss benefits too – it keeps you from bloating while increasing your intake of vitamins such as A, C and E as well as minerals such as iron and potassium.
Similar to cinnamon, ginger also helps control blood sugar which enables it to prevent a spike in your glucose levels after a meal high in sugar and carbs.
It is also a thermogenic root which means it contains fat-burning properties.
Cayenne pepper is a form of chili pepper and is popularly used to add a spicy flavour to dishes.
It contains capsaicin, a compound which gives cayenne pepper its signature heat and provides a ton of health benefits.
According to some research, capsaicin has shown to boost metabolism and increase the number of calories one burns through the day.
The compound also reduces hunger to promote weight loss.
Garlic is usually added as a flavour-inducing ingredient in most dishes but garlic is known for its fat-burning properties.
According to a study conducted on mice, the ones on a diet with garlic lost more weight in seven weeks than the ones on a diet without it.
Garlic also increases immunity and boosts metabolism, among promoting other health benefits.
The pungent flavour makes food tastier and more nutritious, so it could be consumed in larger quantities.
Oregano is a perennial herb that is part of the mint, basil, rosemary, sage and thyme family.
It is usually added as a seasoning in Italian foods such as pizza and pasta for more flavour but what you probably didn’t know is that it contains carvacrol which is a powerful compound that helps promote weight loss.
Carvacrol supplements were also observed to directly impact specific genes and proteins that control fat synthesis in the body.
Fenugreek is derived from Trigonella foenum graecum, a plant which belongs to the legume family.
According to a number of studies, fenugreek helps control appetite and reduces food intake to promote weight loss.
According to another study, fenugreek seed extracts were discovered to decrease daily fat intake by 17% compared to a placebo.
This, in turn, resulted in a lesser number of calories consumed over the course of the day.
This warming spice increases body heat, increases metabolism and helps your body burn fat.
It also contains tons of other health benefits such as helping to fight Alzheimer’s disease and keeping hormones in check.
You could add turmeric to soups or stews and also sprinkle it over roasted veggies and nuts.