It’s very easy to become bored and stale with the meals we are eating, but something as simple as changing to different herbs and spices in your cooking can really make a huge difference, with no added calories!!
If you regularly cook with herbs and spices you’ll already have discovered the value of creating and totally transforming your meals, thinking about the variety that’s available in the shops can be overwhelming and often, as we’re not sure what to do with them, we either don’t buy them or we leave them sitting in the cupboard unused!
Most of us are familiar with our traditional herbs and spices for example Mint and Parsley Allspice and Cinnamon etc – however there are so many more to explore all with different flavours, not sure what works with what, simply ‘Google’ it.
Here’s a quick A – Z
- Basil, Bay Leaves, Black Pepper, Bouquet garni,
- Cardamom, Cayenne, Chilli powder, Chinese five spice, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander, Capers, Cumin, Curry Powder
- Earl Grey Tea
- Ginger, Garam Masala
- Harrisa Paste
- Italian Herb Seasoning
- Jalapeno Chilli Powder
- Kaffir Lime Leaves
- Marjoram, Mint
- Quatre epices
- Saffron, Sage
- Turmeric, Tarragon, Thyme
- Urfa Biber Pepper Flakes
- X- ‘Google’ says none!!
- Yogi Tea
Most recipes say fresh herbs but if you wanted to use dried you just use approx ½ the amount. There are so very many to choose from and each will deliver a brand new taste experience.
One thing I’ve always remembered from my lovely cookery teacher at school… You can always add – but you can’t take away, so be gentle when adding herbs and spices as too much might ruin your meal.
Food boredom CAN affect your motivation and weight loss dramatically so looking at the different ways you can add variety and flavours with no additional calories has got to be a bonus!
Just by changing the fruit and vegetables we eat or something as simple as adding different herbs and spices can make the same foods taste totally different.
And can also help you to reduce your salt intake……6 g a day (no more) is the recommended guideline.
By changing your food choices not only will you be happier with your meals you will also re-ignite your weight loss.