I LOVE spices. For me spices make a meal, period. You can have the same basic meal, but by changing the spices and herbs combination, you get completely different experiences.
Spices and herbs are also nutritional powerhouse; they are recognized for their antioxidant power and anti-inflammatory properties. Some of them are even used for medicinal purposes and to stimulate the immune system.
Weight loss potential of spices to boost metabolism and promote satiety, is also documented. For example, capsaicin in peppers is believed to have metabolic boosting properties (ginger too, boost metabolism). In addition, if the food you eat is flavorful and satisfying, there is a good chance you will eat less and consume fewer calories.
I like to make my own seasoning mix, because I know that there are no sulfites and preservatives and premixed spices makes the cooking less complicated and time-consuming. I often skip the salt and add it when I cook.
Cajun seasoning is a good basic one to keep around. It can be used on anything: kale chips, any meats, fish and seafood and can be even mixed with Greek yogurt to make a dip for crudités.
Recipe #1 (original, boost metabolism, very hot)
1/4 cup (60 ml) salt
1/4 cup (60 ml) cayenne
1/4 cup (60 ml) paprika
1/4 cup (60 ml) garlic powder
1/4 cup (60 ml) ground black pepper
2 tablespoons (30 ml) onion powder
2 tablespoons (30 ml) dried oregano
2 tablespoons (30 ml) dried thyme
Recipe #2 (modified, super anti-oxidant, milder)
30 ml (2 tablespoons) paprika
15 ml (1 tablespoon) ground bay leaf
15 ml (1 tablespoon) onion powder
15 ml (1 tablespoon) dried basil
15 ml (1 tablespoon) dried oregano
15 ml (1 tablespoon) dried thyme
5 ml (1 teaspoon) garlic powder
5 ml (1 teaspoon) cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper
I use a lot of spices on my food and the mixes are fairly hot to some people, use less cayenne for milder taste. Garlic and Onion are High FODMAP (fermentable = gas/bloating) so you can replace it with chives if you want. I sometimes put all the spices in a clean coffee grinder and reduce to a fine powder.
Weight this Morning: + 0.2 lbs
Weight Loss Total (Starting day 45): – 9.2 lbs
Today I had: Water with apple cider vinegar (with the mother), cayenne pepper and salt and sparkling water. I also had some black tea sweetened with xylitol. I had some blackened Cajun Haddock (again, but it’s so good!) with sriracha sauce and tofu-shirataki spaghetti noodle with an olive oil/butter sauce. That’s 900 calories for today.