Want to add a little zest to your dish? Check out these 5 spices that are calorie-free and full of phynutrients!
Oregano – 1 tsp. contains 6 micrograms of vitamin K and the same amount of antioxidants as 3 cups of spinach! Stir in soup, shake on pizza, or add to your favorite pasta sauce.
Cinnamon – The antioxidant compounds in cinnamon help prevent hunger cravings by improving the way your cells metabolize glucose. Add a dash of cinnamon to your sweet potatoes, coffee, or water.
Cayenne Pepper – This spice contains Capsaicin, which helps turn up your body’s thermostat & revs up your metabolism to help burn extra calories. Stir in to your favorite guacamole recipe, hummus, or shake on popcorn.
Ginger – This awesome spice helps settle upset stomachs and can also lessen workout-induced soreness. Add 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger to pancake batter, peanut butter, or sprinkle over vanilla frozen yogurt.
Nutmeg – Nutmeg can help prevent cavities. Add 1/4 tsp to ground coffee for a hint of sweetness.
Oregano Salad Dressing
1 tsp. olive oil
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. oregano
Heat olive oil, red pepper flakes, and oregano in small sauce pan over medium-low heat for 2 minutes or until fragrant.
While flipping through an old issue of Whole Living, I found a snack I hadn’t heard of before…Roasted Spiced Chickpeas. Hmmm…spicy, crunchy, healthy, and it involves chickpeas…I’m in!
Roasted Spiced Chickpeas
Roasted Spiced Chickpeas – makes 1 cup
One 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground hot paprika
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Toss chickpeas with oil and
spices until evenly coated.
Spread on a rimmed baking
sheet. Roast, shaking pan
occasionally, until chickpeas
are golden and crunchy,
about 30 minutes. Let cool
completely. Store in an airtight
container up to 2 weeks.