Snow days often lead to comfort food cooking that too frequently = carb loaded and high fat foods. When the winds blow and the temperature drops to single digets the time has come to dig out your mama’s mac and cheese recipe and try that yummy too-easy-to-make brownie recipe. The downside of course, unless you’re shoveling snow (!), is a few unexpected pounds added to the not so distant spring diet.
Did you know adding the right spices to a dish may just reduce your dieting time? Ginger, Black Pepper, Cayenne, Cinnamon, Coriander, Mustard Seed each hold unique properties and health benefits that contribute to weight loss. Really!
So many spices…so little time. Woman’s Health has a wonderful chart of Easy DYI Spice Blends that is sure to help jump start your spice adventures in the kitchen. The extra good news, per WebMD, is, “It turns out that relatively small amounts of dried and fresh herbs and spices may have health benefits.” In other words a little goes a long way.
Here are a few recipes and helpful hints that incorporate ‘skinny spices’ that sound extra delicious. We’d love hear your favs too.
Honey Spiced Chicken Thighs from A Back Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss
From Wild Food (Love the tag line .. He hunts. I cook. We eat.) Kokanee Salmon with Coriander and Lemon
Warm Spiced Butternut Squash Soup from Cooking Light
Cinnamon and Honey Tea from Stepin2
Ginger poached pears from Cook For Your Life
A few tips from Steamy Kitchen on how to cook, cut and store fresh ginger.
Does the Giant Ginger Cookies recipe from Simpy Recipes count? It does include both ginger and cinnamon!
Hmmm … wondering if Elisa’s yummy looking cinnamon rolls count too!
My day yesterday on a snow day in NYC: eating cinnamon buns while watching TV & playing in the Central park! FUN DAY! pic.twitter.com/9NYOd4VjWr
— Elisa Kluger (@FangirlElisa) January 28, 2015