Star spices make great coffee companions

June 28, 2008 at 4:24 pm 1 comment

MSNBC has published yet another list of ways to cut 100 calories from your daily diet.  Many of the tips are commonsense and well known.

  1. Flavor your coffee with cinnamon and nutmeg instead of flavored syrup.
  2. Enjoy your salad without the croutons.
  3. Order pizza with grilled chicken instead of pepperoni.
  4. Leave 3 or 4 bites on your plate.
  5. Season steamed vegetables with fresh lemon and herbs instead of butter.
  6. Choose your piece of sheet cake from the middle, where there’s less icing.
  7. Add a splash of 100 percent fruit juice to sweeten fresh brewed iced tea in place of sugar.
  8. Control your portions by pouring an individual serving of pretzels or chips into a bowl instead of eating from the bag.
  9. Ask for the bread basket to be removed from the table.
  10. Dip fruit into fat-free yogurt, and veggies into bean dip or salsa.

#1 is especially interesting.  My first thought after reading it was to suggest using sugar-free syrup instead of regular syrup.  That’s what I do when I go skinny at Starbucks.  I also season my latte with both cinnamon and nutmeg.

There’ve been a lot of reports lately about the newly discovered health benefits of cofee, but cinnamon is a nutritional star, too.  Cinnamon is celebrated for its ability to improve blood sugar control and soothing an upset tummy.  Nutmeg is no slouch either.  It “…appears to have some beneficial effects on mood, possibly enhancing serotonin’s activity.”

Even if you don’t swap out your regular syrup, you may want to use cinnamon and nutmeg in your coffee anyway!

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Entry filed under: clean eating, diet recommendations, food review, health, science, tips & techniques.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. cosmo16feel  |  June 28, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Your blog is really very informative. Such knowledgable blogs are really very helpfull.
    Thanks
    Rahul.

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