Preparing food can quickly feel repetitive, especially if you are trying to keep certain parameters. Keep it interesting by spicing up your foods (pun totally intended) with these spices and flavors. They are mostly calorie free, except for lemon and garlic, but they provide an insignificant amount of calories in these situations.
Salt is one of the most fascinating minerals in existence. It is necessary for human survival, as sodium plays a vital role in nerve conduction and fluid regulation. There is a right amount though; not too little, not too much.
The American Heart Association recommends 1500mg of sodium or less, with an upper limit of 2300mg. While people in extremely hot, sweat inducing conditions such as firefighters or athletes in hot climates need more, most people only need 500mg or less. Read here for more. See your doctor for specific recommendations.
Salt has been used as a preservative, a currency, and a flavor enhancer. There are many different varieties of flavor and texture of salt, so break your routine and try a new salt. I am now trying the Murray River Salt Flakes, a product of Australian aquifers.
Black pepper adds an extra little kick to any savory meal. It also adds a finished, seasoned look to a dish.
About the author
Kathryn Alexander is a strength coach and personal trainer in Austin, Texas. She loves hiking, college football, and the feel of a perfectly knurled barbell. Read more about Kathryn here.