Most of us at any given point in our lives, have tried to be on a diet. Cutting off the things we love – junk food, alcohol or sugar and sticking to the new ‘it-diet’. There always seems to be something more promising in the market, on the web – that guarantees a fitter, healthier you. But what if you could be on any diet you like? And only had to add a few ingredients to make it healthier?
Well, read on. Below is a list of ingredients with their benefits how to incorporate them in your diet. These can be used everyday; regardless of the sort of cuisine you’re eating. Get that extra boost of health you need!
This is a miracle spice. It smells great, is easy to use and has a multitude of benefits. Cinnamon not only helps with irritable digestion, it helps lower the risk of type II diabetes. Since regular use of this ingredient helps lower insulin levels in the body, it’s also known to assist in weight loss.
Talk about healthy!
How to use: Sprinkle cinnamon powder over a bowl of cereal or mixed fruits with yogurt. For a more enriched experience, you can brew tea with whole cinnamon sticks.
2. Chia Seeds
You might have already heard loads of nutritionists and/or health fanatics aggressively endorsing these kernels. So, what’s the fuss about? Chia seeds come from Salvia Hispanica, which is a plant native to South America.
Scarce in calories and high in fiber content, chia seeds are an excellent additive for weight loss and are appetite suppressants. They are also an excellent source of calcium, aiding in healthy bone development. To top it all off, studies have shown that chia seeds help fight heart diseases.
What more could you ask for?
How to use: The fun part is, because these seeds are nearly tasteless, these are easy to add to anything. Sprinkle a teaspoon or two in your salad, porridge or any dish or add them to your protein shake before working out for an extra boost!
This bright yellow spice has positive effects on one’s health as well as beauty. It has been used extensively in ancient Chinese and Indian medicine for its anti inflammatory properties. Moreover, it provides relief from joint pain if one is suffering from arthritis. Turmeric also helps prevent and fight cancer cells. Its uses don’t just stop there; from fighting signs of aging to reducing dark spots on the skin, turmeric does it all!
How to use: Put a teaspoon or two of this in your milk for easy consumption. Usually, turmeric is used in Indian curries as food coloring. Add a little turmeric to any curry or even a marinade.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
So this isn’t the best tasting ingredient in the world, but after hearing about its benefits – you’ll want to give it a shot. From killing bad breath to lowering cholesterol, this acid has wide ranging health benefits. It has also been known to lower blood sugar in the body. ACV aids in faster weight loss and prevents heart problems.
How to use: Mix a few teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with honey and dilute in water. You can drink this everyday to reap its benefits!
5. Ghee (Clarified butter)
Although one would not think animal fats for cooking would not be on that list, this is one oil that may come as a surprise. Ghee is rich in oil soluble vitamins – A, E. It helps keep the immune system strong and because of its nutrients, gives plenty of energy. Contrary to its counterparts, this oil helps in easy digestion. It is also known to inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors.
How to use: Replace this with your regular oil while cooking. But use it sparingly. Although it is not proven, studies link heart diseases in men with excess consumption of ghee.
So there you have it, stop reading and start using them now!