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The Fall Season is upon us and for some of us that means Fall-ing off the healthy eating wagon. There are so many temptations during this season from Halloween candy to sweet potato pie. How can you get all of the flavor of fall without the extra pounds? Well, here’s how you can spice it up and keep your weight down during this Fall season!
Cinch Your Waist with Cinnamon!
Who doesn’t LOVE the warm feeling you get when you smell the aroma of cinnamon rolls coming from the oven? Cinnamon rolls may not give you the results you want on the scale, but cinnamon can help you achieve your weight loss goals.
Benefits of Cinnamon
Cinnamon has been around for ages and has even been used as medicine! Cinnamon has been used to decrease inflammation, cholesterol, and blood sugar. Cinnamon is packed with Vitamin A, C, and other minerals that may protect against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and cancer.
Achieve Weight Loss With Cinnamon
For starters, one teaspoon of cinnamon is only 6 calories! This makes cinnamon a great addition to any healthy dish. Here are some ideas on how to use cinnamon in your favorite dishes:
For Breakfast: Add cinnamon, vanilla, diced apples, milk (almond or oat) to plain oats and cook.
For Lunch: Sprinkle cinnamon on an oven baked medium sweet potato.
After Dinner: Add a dash of cinnamon to a cup of chai, chamomile, or matcha tea.
Ginger All the Way!
Gingerbread men and women are in our near future, but eating too many might cause unwanted weight gain. There’s good news though! You can enjoy ginger in a number of ways that will help keep you on track!
Benefits of Ginger
Ginger is actually a flowering plant, but we consume the ginger root for it’s wonderful benefits and delicious spicy taste! Not only does ginger help to reduce inflammation, it can improve how your digestive system works, help regulate cortisol (stress hormone), and suppress your appetite. Ginger can help decrease your risk of heart disease, which is the #1 killer of women.
Achieve Weight Loss With Ginger
Ginger is a low-calorie addition to your diet. It is only 9 calories for 5 slices of ginger! Here are some delicious ways you can incorporate ginger into your diet:
· Boil slices of ginger with lemon and honey for soothing hot tea
· Combine ginger with your favorite baked goods liked banana nut bread
· Dehydrate ginger for a ginger chew
Turn It Up With Turmeric!
If you love curry chicken, then you love turmeric, too! How? Turmeric is what gives curry it’s yellow color. Turmeric has an earthy and peppery taste that can add a new flavor to some of your favorite dishes while maintaining your weight.
Benefits of Turmeric
The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant power of turmeric has been proven to improve arthritis, heart disease and depression. The curcumin in turmeric helps to break down fat that will help you lose weight and keep it off!
Weight Loss With Turmeric
Turmeric is a fat soluble spice so it’s a little higher in calories than the others mentioned. Turmeric is 24 calories per Tbsp, but that’s enough to season an entire dish! There are so many ways that you can incorporate turmeric into your meals this Fall season. Here are some ideas:
Breakfast: Combine turmeric to your morning cup of tea or coffee
Lunch: Sprinkle turmeric into your favorite fall soup or chili
Dinner: Season your rice dishes or baked chicken for a beautiful fall feast
If you don’t know your way around the kitchen, no worries! Here are some ways you can incorporate these wonderful spices into your day without the use of a stove: