When developing the eating plan for my new book Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches I found that the secret is in SASS, Slimming and Satiating Seasonings. Each of the 100 quick fix meals in the book contains one or more sizzling seasonings that not only add flavor and aroma, but are proven in research to rev up metabolism, boost satiety, enhance weight loss results, and curb cravings.
That means if you're trying to slim down like Jennifer Hudson has, say goodbye to plain old chicken breast and steamed broccoli, and hello to Ginger Turkey Stir Fry. To embrace more flavor and reap the rewards sprinkle the following mouth-watering craving crushers into your favorite meals.
Citrus juice is one of the best sources of vitamin C. A single ounce supplies 120 percent of the Daily Value, and vitamin C is a fat-burning powerhouse. Arizona State University researchers found that the amount of vitamin C in the bloodstream is directly related to fat oxidation--the body's ability to use fat as a fuel source--during both exercise and at rest. It's a staple in my salad dressings and stir fry sauces, combined with Japanese rice vinegar, fresh grated ginger, and crushed red pepper.
Research shows that eating about one tablespoon of chopped red or green chili peppers can temporarily boost metabolism by up to 23 percent. I add minced jalapenos to my cilantro guacamole and serve whole chili peppers as a garnish with just about any dish.
An Arizona State study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, found that adding vinegar to meals can help naturally curb calorie intake for the remainder of the day by up to 16 percent. This one change alone is enough to trigger a loss of 20 to 28 pounds in a year's time. I drizzle balsamic vinegar over my Strawberry Avocado Tacos, use it as a marinade for my Chilled Lentil and Wild Rice Salad, and even fold it into dark chocolate truffles.