The time is near to bid farewell to the summer months…sigh. As temperatures drop and leaves start to change, we prepare to welcome autumn. One of the things I love about autumn are the aroma of fall spices being used to make tasty dishes. But, did you know that many of the spices we use this time of year can help for weight loss?

Spices are a great way to flavor foods, using them in place of sweeteners, salt and fats to up the taste/satiety factor without a lot of calories. Spices have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and metabolic benefits as well all of which assist with weight loss. Let’s break out the spice rack to help achieve a six pack!

Autumn spices for weight loss

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Allspice

Allspice gets its name due to the fact that is has a spice profile blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger. Allspice has been thought to have aid in digestive processes.

Being able to properly digest and absorb nutrients from your food is essential to weight loss to help keep you full and avoid overeating. Not to mention that digesting properly will reduce incidences of belly bloat!

Uses: Allspice pairs nicely with fall fruits such as pears, apples, plums, lean pork and chicken and baked goods. Try roasting fruits with allspice and pair with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt for a low cal, high taste desert!

Cinnamon

Everyone can appreciate the warm smell of cinnamon! Cinnamon has been shown to be a powerful antioxidant. Also, it is suggested that cinnamon can improve how your body uses insulin to control blood sugar levels. Better blood sugar control leads to better weight control!

Uses: Sprinkle Cinnamon on your foods every chance you get! Add to morning coffee or tea, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, cut up fruit, steel cut oats, vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, butternut squash and smoothies.

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Clove

When thinking of autumn, think of cloves. Cloves are often found in fall recipes such as mulled cider and holiday hams. Clove is also a considered to be aid in digestion and well.

Cloves are great for weight loss as they offer a real pop of flavor to your dishes, reducing the need for increased amounts of oils and sweeteners. Cloves have also been thought to be a heat generating spice, giving that metabolism a boost.

Uses: Try ground clove (just a smidge, a little does go along way) in your morning oatmeal, when roasting fall fruits and veggies, meats and baked goods.

Ginger

Ginger is another digestive powerhouse, aiding in eliminating gas, bloat and other stomach discomforts. Ginger is also thought help reduce appetite and cravings. Found as a root or rhizome, ginger is typically used fresh either sliced, ground, juiced but also available powdered.

Ginger again, has the digestive properties helping to reduce gas and bloating. Like clove, ginger is thought to be a heat generating spice for a metabolic lift.

Uses: Try fresh ginger sliced/chopped in stir fry’s with lots of veggies and lean protein. Make a pitcher of fat flushing water with sliced ginger and cucumber or curb a sweet tooth/aid digestion by having a small piece of candied ginger after dinner.

Nutmeg

Nutmeg is BFF’s with all of the other spices above. Despite its name, nutmeg is not a nut and is safe for those with allergies. Nutmeg, like its spicy friends above aid in digestion helping to reduce bloating and gas. Nutmeg is a powerhouse of a spice, adding vibrancy to enhance the flavors of just about anything.

Uses: A little pinch to sauces, stews, roasted veggies, meats, baked goods, oatmeal, smoothies and coffee.

Although summer fun has ended don’t let that deter your weight loss efforts. Uses these spices to perk up fall foods and encourage continued weight loss. Foods that are tasty offer more satiety, curbing hunger and the urge to overeat.

Sources:
http://theepicentre.com/spices/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/199161-can-cinnamon-help-you-lose-weight/

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