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A Spoonful a Day: 12 Ingredients that Complement Weight Loss Efforts

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could achieve optimal health, wellness, and weight loss with just a little trick here or a little effort there?

While anyone who has tried to lose weight knows, this is certainly not the case. However, the good news is that in the midst of all our efforts, there are some simple ingredients that can be incorporated into your diet to help supplement your hard work!

Read on to discover how just a daily spoonful of these 12 ingredients can provide excellent nutrition benefits to complement your weight loss journey! 

1) Ginger

This tasty spice is a thermogenic, meaning it raises your body temperature. This boosts your metabolism by helping you burn fat more efficiently and lose weight faster. Ginger also gets your digestion working faster1 and more effectively.

Where to add it:

Try it in smoothies, soup, or in tea. Ginger tastes great in Asian dishes particularly. Fresh ginger is best, but you’ll still get benefits from using powdered ginger.

2) Honey

Filled with vitamins and minerals, honey also has enzymes that aid your digestion tremendously. Some of the nutrients in honey work to dissolve fat and cholesterol in your body. Note: To get the best health benefits, use raw, organic honey.

Where to add it:

Instead of sugar, try a teaspoon of honey in your tea, oatmeal, or shake. Dissolved in a small glass of warm water, honey combined with lemon and cinnamon (see #3 and #11!) makes a dynamic weight loss elixir.

3) Lemon

Citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C, which is critical in keeping your immune system working well. Lemon juice not only boosts your immune system, but it also goes to work on improving your digestion. On top of all that, lemon removes toxins from your body, suppresses your appetite, and helps alkalinize your body!

Where to add it:

One of the best ways to absorb the full benefits of lemon juice is by mixing it with a small amount of warm water and drinking it first thing in the morning. Adding honey, cinnamon, or even black pepper give this potion more power!

4) Apple Cider Vinegar 

This powerful liquid contains acids and enzymes that increase your metabolism, reduce water retention, and lower blood sugar levels. To get these awesome results, always use organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (Bragg’s is the easily found gold standard).

Where to add it:

Adding a tablespoon or two to a glass of warm water is a great way to get your cider vinegar in. You can also make your own simple salad dressing using equal parts oil and vinegar with a pinch of salt.

5) Tumeric

A vivid yellow-orange, this Indian spice is packed with antioxidants. It also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

Where to add it:

While it has a distinct flavor, tumeric works well with other spices and adds great depth to any protein you use it with. You can also dissolve it in water to make a tea.

6) Thyme 

You may not know it, but thyme is a diuretic, which means it helps your body release water weight. Like many herbs, it’s filled with antioxidants that reinforce your body’s cells to be more resilient to stress.

Where to add it:

Thyme tastes excellent with poultry, especially chicken and turkey.

7) Olive Oil

Chock-full of monosaturated fats, olive oil helps reduce your bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol in your body. Carotenoids and polyphenolic compounds in olive oil help your body break down stored fat better.

Where to add it:

Cook with it, use in salad dressing, or marinade protein in it.

8) Black Pepper

You might be surprised to see this common spice on the list, but pepper contains piperine, an element that stops the formation of new fat cells in the body and reduces current fat levels in the blood stream.

Where to add it:

Liberally include black pepper in your meals, and even try mixing it with lemon juice and honey in water.

9) Coconut Oil

The fats in coconut oil help you feel full, and increase your metabolism.

Where to add it:

Replace butter or olive oil with coconut oil in baking and cooking. Keep in mind some coconut oils retain a coconut flavor that might clash with some dishes, though.

10) Flaxseed

Guaranteed you’ve heard rumors about how great flax seed is, and they’re true. It’s one of the few plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important to keeping everything in balance.

Where to add it:

Add a spoonful to your smoothie, sprinkle some over your oatmeal or even your salad. Just make sure to use ground flax seeds, since whole ones are so small your body won’t digest them.

11) Cinnamon

Familiar as a holiday flavor, cinnamon is filled with minerals and – surprisingly – quite a bit of fiber.

Where to add it:

Potent in flavor, a small amount mixed in water with honey, lemon, or even apple cider vinegar is one way to make sure you get a good amount in. Try adding it to tea, oatmeal, and even dinner dishes. 

12) Protein Powder

Upping the amount of protein you eat is one of the best ways to lose weight and then keep it off, but for many people, getting adequate amounts of this macronutrient is a challenge. Finding a good protein powder with a solid amino acid profile is a great way to get what you need.

Where to add it:

Shakes are one of the best ways to use protein powder, but you can also add a spoonful to your oatmeal or use it when baking. All of 310 Nutrition's meal replacement shakes include 15 grams of plant-based protein powder. (Shop them here!)

There you have it, 14 easy spoonfuls to add to your diet for faster, healthy weight loss! We’d love to hear how you incorporate these into your diet – let us know in the comments below.




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