Monday, May 14, 2012

Herbs and Spices - Add Flavor Without Adding Calories

Preparing your foods with herbs and spices will enhance the flavor without adding in calories.  Herbs and spices add color, taste and aroma to our “healthy dishes."   Let's face it. if we can produce these sensations with low-calorie dishes that will make it easier to stick with your new healthy eating habits.

Another reason is the power of antioxidants in herbs and spices.    For example, about 1⁄2 teaspoon of cloves contains more antioxidant than a 1⁄2-cup of blueberries.    In addition, 1⁄2 teaspoon of dried oregano contains the same amount of antioxidant of 1⁄2 cup sweet potatoes.       Cloves, oregano, allspice, cinnamon, sage, peppermint and thyme are the top antioxidants but the list is long.

(Just in case you've forgotten, oxidative stress triggers many chronic diseases.  Antioxtidants help to combat that process.)

As another example, spicy hot additions are known to clear sinuses and spike your metabolism.  

So add some herbs and spice into your eating plan…..  

Stay tuned.........

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