Now that it’s officially fall, it’s time to say goodbye to watermelon salad and chilled gazpacho, and hello to roasted root veggies and pumpkin curry. Fall is all about bold, warming spices. Autumnal spices do more than just add flavor and activate nostalgia: A handful of them actually help keep extra pounds off.
Below meet my top 5 metabolism boosting spices, along with my all-time favourite vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls recipe. So take a peek below and get ready to spice things up…
This antioxidant powerhouse is loaded with capsaicin, the same compound that puts the heat in hot chilies and peppers. Studies have found that capsaicin may temporarily kick the metabolism into high gear, resulting in increased calorie burn.
This aromatic spice adds an acidic and slightly sweet flavor to dishes. Research has found that cinnamon actually helps move glucose into cells, thereby curbing insulin (the fat-storage hormone) surges after a meal.
A close relative to ginger, turmeric is a staple in East Indian cuisine. The yellow pigment comes from curcumin, a phytochemical that directly counteracts inflammation in the body. Curbing inflammation improves the body’s receptiveness to leptin, a key metabolism-signaling hormone. I’m a huge fan of whipping up a turmeric-tahini dressing with apple cider vinegar, ginger, and coconut aminos.
Citrus-like and piney, sweet and bitter…nutmeg brings complexity to sweet and savory foods. This rich spice is high in eugenol, a phytochemical also found in cloves and allspice. New research suggests eugenol may inhibit enzymes involved in glucose metabolism, thereby encouraging fat breakdown.
Oftentimes the warm peppery kick in pumpkin pie, this spice is enriched with manganese, a powerful antioxidant important for mediating inflammation in the body.
Pretty interesting, right? Now that you know which spices will do a body good, here’s one of my favourite recipes that tastes amazing and will keep your metabolism going all day long…
Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
1 bowl made with 10 ingredients using easy methods. Warm, gooey, perfectly sweet and subtly spiced – perfect for all!
Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe Type: Dessert