If you’re sick and tired of the same old food, day after day, it’s time to shake it up a bit with some spices. Trying to get our muscle bulk built up and our body fat down can be quite a chore and boring as hell to say the least. After all, you can only eat a bland chicken breast so many times before you say “Screw it!” and go for the pizza.
But before you go that far off the reservation, check out this article about some of the best spices you can use to dress up those bland meals PLUS get some extra bodybuilding benefits out of them:
Strong Is The New Cinny!
Add cinnamon to baked recipes or to a vanilla- based protein smoothie for a dash of blood-sugar control. A sprinkle of cinnamon on your morning oatmeal can help increase your sugar metabolism.
It’s cinnfully delicious!
Turmeric For A Tight Tummy
Among a great number of other health benefits, turmeric can reduce inflammation and help you fight fat. Turmeric may also help lower blood-sugar levels.
Turmeric is great on Asian recipes, and gives your food a nice golden color.
Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which helps increase your metabolic rate for hours after you consume it. Chili peppers will provide the same benefit.
So, if you’re looking for some fat-loss help, make your food hot, hot, hot!
(Some like it hot. I love it.)
Ginger is great in stir-fry and can be added to almost any veggie dish for added flavor. It also improves the digestive process and may ease gastric secretions.
She’s way better than Mary Ann, anyway.
(Gilligan’s Island, anyone? Anyone?)
Black Pepper Beauty
Black pepper stimulates hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach. Hydrochloric acid is essential for the digestion of proteins and other foods. Without enough hydrochloric acid, your food can sit in your stomach, causing indigestion, gas and other intestinal nasties.
Two teaspoons of black pepper make a great source of manganese and vitamin K.
A sprinkle of nutmeg on your morning chai tea might kick more than your taste buds! Nutmeg has antibacterial properties, which means it might be good at killing mouth bacteria that causes cavities. It’s also known to aid digestion and relax muscles.
You can actually have too much of a good thing, though – huge doses of nutmeg may cause psychiatric disorders!
Hot dogs and mustard: the two go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you aren’t into eating processed pork by-products, the mustard alone is something you can feel good about putting in your body.
Mustard seeds are nutrient-dense, high in antioxidants, and contain omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Consuming mustard seeds may increase metabolism and lower blood pressure.
Add some mustard seeds to sauces, salads and soups. Source
Give these spices a try before you totally give up on making healthy eating choices. If you don’t do something to change it up a bit, you’ll never be able to stick to a good plan for an extended period of time. Happy Spicing!