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NA Challenge: Eat a Spice at Every Meal

By Nutritious Life

spice challenge

Looking to add a little spice (pun intended!) to your ho-hum meals? Get to know your spice rack. Boosting your meals with spices (herbs are ok too because they add “spice”) will not only make your food taste better but will also leave you feeling more satisfied and healthier! For the next three days, add a spice (or herb) to every meal.

What’s in it for you?

  • Adds antioxidants
  • Ups satisfaction  
  • Adds flavor sans calories
  • Aids in digestion

Your 3-Day Challenge to Add a Spice to Every Meal

Day 1:

  • Breakfast: Add a dried spice or herb such as basil, oregano, or parsley to scrambled eggs. Think outside the pepper shaker.
  • Lunch: Think hot hot hot!  Add cayenne to your favorite vinaigrette to really spice up your salad and add a dash to your water to sip on a little heat.
  • Dinner: Get exotic and try an Indian recipe using turmeric tonight. Yellow looks good on you.

 

 

Day 2:

  • Breakfast: Make that oatmeal taste like apple pie by adding fresh apple and cinnamon.
  • Lunch: Sprinkle some dried tarragon on your turkey before you make that delish wrap.  
  • Dinner: Whip up a batch of vegetable soup and add a stalk of thyme to the pot.

 

 

Day 3:

  • Breakfast: Ditch the plain old java today, add ground nutmeg to your coffee filter and enjoy a spicy cup-o-joe.
  • Lunch: Boost traditional black beans by adding a pinch of chili powder. Wrap them in a whole wheat tortilla with sauteed red peppers and onions for a Mexican inspired lunch.
  • Dinner: Rub a skinless chicken breast with paprika, onion powder, and black pepper before baking.

 

Prep Steps and Tips

  • Recipe revamp: Start simple and try revamping an old recipe with some new spices.  Add a little nutmeg to your morning oatmeal, or sprinkle some oregano on your veggies.
  • Spice marketing: Spices can be expensive. Take a trip to a nearby spice market where you can buy just a little bit of a new spice. Plus, the spice-ista will be a wealth of knowledge of how to go home and get the most out of that spice.
  • Map it out: Get lost in some memories and think of your favorite places to vacation and the types of foods you enjoyed. Do a little research to see what spices are popular in that locale. Finally, let your next meal take you right back to that vacation hot spot!