If you choose wisely, the spices you cook with can boost your metabolism and help your body burn more fat, like the four we've rounded up here: ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, and turmeric. If you're not sure how to cook with these, here are two tasty recipes for each spice.
The Spice: Ginger
High in antioxidants, ginger offers big health benefits. Dr. Oz says that ginger can increase your metabolism by about 20 percent for three hours! This is namely because of ginger's gingerols and capsaicin, two compounds known to boost metabolic rates.
Taste This: Ginger-Carrot Soup
A bowl of this detoxifying ginger-carrot soup is high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and manganese, which aids digestion.
Taste This: Orange-Ginger Smoothie
Fire up your metabolism with a sweet smoothie that makes use of a piece of fresh ginger. This orange-ginger smoothie is perfect for a day when you're feeling under the weather.
The Spice: Cinnamon
Cinnamon is one of those warming spices that makes every cool-weather recipe a little more delicious — and healthier, too! Cinnamon boosts your metabolism, aids in digestion, and can even help regulate blood sugar levels for people with type 2 diabetes.
Taste This: Cinnamon-Spiced Chickpeas
Boost your energy levels and metabolism with this treat: cinnamon-spiced chickpeas. Once roasted, chickpeas offer a satisfying crunch, and this creative spice blend makes it a tasty, low-calorie sweet snack.
Taste This: Cinnamon and Green Tea Smoothie
Not only will the caffeine in the green tea smoothie give you much-needed energy, but cinnamon and green tea have both been shown to have metabolism-boosting properties.
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