For centuries, spices and herbs have been used for the varieties of flavor they add to food, but they also provide a wide range of health benefits. They contain little-to-no fat, calories or sodium and are packed with anitoxidants, minerals, and vitamins. By using various spices and herbs as replacements for salt and sugar, you can cut calories without sacrificing flavor. For example, say you have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. If you use 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, you are adding over 100 calories to your meal. By replacing the syrup and sugar with 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, you can get rid of the empty calories while still having a delicious, flavorful breakfast. Cinnamon helps reduce blood sugar levels and ginger is a potent antioxidant.
This is just one example. To add healthy flavor to your foods, start with the basics. Black pepper, chili powder, paprika, oregano, cinnamon, and basil are all packed with nutrients as well as flavor. Try adding some of these to your meals today!