Spices are a fantastic way to enhance the variety and quality of your meals, snacks and drinks without dramatically increasing your caloric intake.
Here are three easy ways to enhance some common recipes by introducing a little bit of spice into your life…
Turn A Regular Cup of Tea into a Top Shelf Chai Latte
Take a standard teapot and place the following spices in the bottom –
- 1tsp Cardamon Pods, cracked open.
- 1tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 4 Pinches cracked Black Pepper
- 1tsp of Whole Cloves
- A piece of Ginger the size of your thumbnail, chopped in 4 pieces
- 1tbsp Black Tea
Add hot water and allow it to steep for 5-10mins, strain and pour into a cup and then add a dash of milk and a 1/2 tsp of honey to sweeten. Incredible and thankfully a regular staple at good cafe’s!
Turn Bland Poached Chicken Breast into Smokey Grilled Chicken
Why force feed yourself plain chicken and broccoli when there is a much better way! Next time you are poaching or grilling some chicken, make up a spice rub dressing that you can simply add to the chicken once it has been cooked and sliced. Simply combine –
- 1tsp Ground Chipotle Powder (Smoked Habanero Chilli’s)
- 1/2tsp Ground Sumac
- 1tsp Smoked Sweet Paprika
- 1tsp Olive Oil
- 1/2tsp Ground Cumin
- 1tbsp Freshly squeezed Lime Juice
- 1tbsp Fresh Coriander Chopped
Into a dressing and add it to your chicken and veg, if you want a little heat you can add Cayenne Pepper to the mix too.
Turn Rolled Oats into Homemade Toasted Muesli
Take your regular 1/2 Cup of Rolled Oats and combine them with
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 2 tbsp Chopped Almonds
- 1 tsp Sultanas
- 1 tsp Sunflower Seeds
- 2 tsp Macadamia Oil
- 1 tbsp Organic Shredded Coconut
You can also sweeten it with either honey, maple syrup or brown sugar added to the mix. Once it has been well combined, pop it in the oven at 150 degrees celcius spread out on grease proof paper on an oven tray. Keep it moving every 10mins and it’ll be ready in 30mins.
Serve it warm with milk in the winter or let it cool and have it with ice cold milk in the summer!