5 Superhero Spices to Revolutionize Your Everyday Cooking

5 Superhero Spices to Revolutionize Your Everyday Cooking

One of the biggest things I have been doing on this journey is making sure that I only eat foods that taste good. If they taste good I will want to eat them and won’t feel deprived. So, I wanted to share five MUST HAVE best spices for everyday cooking (and 3 honorable mention seasoning blends). Not only do they taste great but they have some amazing health benefits!!

Check out my video at the end of the post to learn how I use them in my cooking!

My Top 5 Superhero Spices!

Superhero Spice #1 – Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a great source of antioxidants. It also has some amazing anti-inflammatory properties.

Muscle soreness, anyone?

It helps fight diabetes, infections, and viruses and it is an awesome natural breath freshener. Nobody wants stank breath!!

I have recently started using toasted Saigon cinnamon and it is life changing!! So much better than then the little tins that I used for cinnamon toast back in the day!

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Superhero Spice #2 – Pink Himalayan Salt

This salt packs a whopping 84 minerals and trace elements that we don’t get from regular table salt- like calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and iron.

One of the reasons for this mineral and element boost is because it is usually minimally processed. It helps to balance the body’s pH which helps to foster immunity and encourages good digestion. This pink beauty also helps reduce cramping and encourages healthy blood sugar levels.

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Superhero Spice #3 – Cumin

Cumin, with its great earthy quality, lends itself to lots of my favorite dishes (my own favorite blend for cooking Mexican food is in the video below).

Cumin aids in digestion, helps to eliminate phlegm and mucus (which everyone who lives in Kentucky has this time of year), and improves cognitive performance (makes ya smarter ya’ll). It can also help with anemia symptoms, boost immunity and fight viral infections.

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Superhero Spice #4 – Paprika

Ok… let’s stop for a minute so I can say that I put this ON EVERYTHING (I used the smoked variety).

I used to think it never really tasted like anything and you just put a dash on the top of your deviled eggs to make ’em look pretty. I was just using the wrong kind.

Good, quality paprika tastes amazing and has some GREAT health benefits. Paprika is antioxidant rich to help the body to fight disease. It also has the potential to help you regulate blood sugar levels, helps in eye health and keeps your heart strong…. and did I mention it tastes AWESOME?!?!

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Superhero Spice #5 – Turmeric

I like to think that Turmeric is the absolute superhero of these five all-star spices. It helps boost cognitive function and promotes healthy mood balance (which is great); however, my favorite is that it supports joint and muscle health and FIGHTS INFLAMMATION!

As a gal who has struggled with sciatic pain for years and now recovering from a hip sprain, I have been using this spice on the regular. It actually has the same impact as Ibuprofen according to research. I can tell you my own experiences are that I can tell a difference when I haven’t had it!

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Honorable Mention Seasoning Blends

As these three have some added salt I don’t recommend them as much as the top five above but they taste amazing and make my taste buds happy!! All three come from the amazing Trader Joes but are also available on Amazon through the links below.

If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby and haven’t been there… number 1 GASP! Number 2…make a trip happen this weekend.

  1. Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning – an awesome blend of onion, garlic, salt, poppy seeds and sesame seeds!
  2. Everyday Seasoning – This grinder adds some really zesty awesomeness to dishes! Has peppercorns in it so be cautious if you have a pepper hater in your home (that would be my daughter in our house).
  3. 21 Seasoning Salute – This blend of everything but the kitchen sink goes in all kinds of savory dishes around here.

Looking for some ideas on how to use these? Check out my video below!!

Remember I am still working to hit 100 Youtube Subscribers!! Once I hit 100 I am doing a giveaway!! Want details? Go HERE!

Comment below any other superhero spices or favorite spice blends for me to try out!!

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Ya’ll Take Care!



A Tried and True Strategy for Staying Motivated Even When Your World is Turning Upside Down

A Tried and True Strategy for Staying Motivated Even When Your World is Turning Upside Down

Hey ya’ll! Recently I have found myself benched on my health and fitness journey by a nasty hip sprain that occurred during a country line dancing workout, believe it or not! I seriously don’t know where those multiple years of ballet, tap and jazz have gone!! So, in honor of #MotivationMonday I thought I would share how I am choosing to stay motivated in the midst of a complete plot twist in my life (Insert plot twist music here… DUH DUH DUUUHHHHHH!!!!! You get extra cool points if you inserted music at this moment in the article).

The old me would have used this as a perfect excuse to live it up Little Debbie style and stuff my face and to not exercise. Thankfully, I am not that girl anymore and used handy dandy You Tube to search out some seated workouts. However, it got me to thinking…how can we stay motivated even in the midst of an unexpected bump in the road?

I know there are times where motivation can be scarce, particularly if you have had an injury or the scale and measurements aren’t moving the way you think they should. However, motivation is what will carry you through those dark times. I am going to share with you one of the pictures I have started using to help keep me motivated. Man, oh man, the difference a year makes. 

And, thankfully the bottom left picture showed up on a day I was feeling frumpy and down on myself and motivated me to get up and push play on a workout I so did not want to do. Do you have those days too? See how I have decided to change that in my video below:

Ya’ll take care!


Surviving the Holiday with My Portion Size Guide

If you’re anything like me the Turkey Day festivities are overflowing with opportunities to overindulge in the celebratory foods. However, I have goals! I want to make it through the holiday season losing weight instead of gaining (which will be a definite first for me). How in the world am I going to make that happen? Watching my portion sizes!

I used to hate weighing and measuring my food. It thought it dirtied up too many dishes, thought it was a waste of time and was a huge burden. However, when I started my journey in April of this year I decided to go all in. That meant that I was 110% in the meal and fitness plans. Which, in turn, means that my Beachbody Portion Fix Containers are one of the most used items in my home! Why? Because it works!!

So, my plan to make it through the Turkey Day festivities is to actually take my Portion Fix containers with me so I can stay on track. However, some people don’t like the kind of attention a multi colored container set might bring so I have created a handy visual guide to portion sizes to keep you on track during the holiday! If you would like your own printable copy click on the image below!

Here is to staying on track this holiday season and about making it more about the people around you then what is on our plate!

Happy Thanksgiving!

7 Tips for Surviving the Thanksgiving Minefield While Cooking

The holidays are upon us and, unfortunately, so is all the food and treats to go with it. I still have health and fitness goals that I would like to meet and one of those goals is to make it through the holiday season guilt free. Not an easy task!

When I say guilt free that doesn’t mean that this momma isn’t going to have the occasional treat or special food item. I just mean I am not going to stuff myself on ALL the treats and food items! I am challenging myself to make the holiday about the special time that I get to spend with my loved ones and not looking forward to all the food I get to eat. The holiday season has always been a minefield and often the total downfall of my diet plan.

I have told myself, “Just this once”, “I’ve worked so hard so I can _____” Sound familiar?

So, to help me and US make it through the holiday season I have created some easy tips and tricks! This post is focusing on how to make it through the cooking portion of the holiday without falling off track.

Have any other ideas that help you from grazing while cooking? Write them in the comments! I would love to hear them!

Happy Thanksgiving Ya’ll!



Diary of a Veggie Hater

Diary of a Veggie Hater

Since I am among friends I thought I would share something that may or may not shock you. I have lost 52 pounds and I absolutely hate vegetables!! I feel like I am at a 12 step group… I’m Amanda and I am a veggie hater. (Cue everyone saying, “Hi Amanda”).

My hatred for vegetables has been such a roadblock to my weight loss success in the past. Woman cannot live on steamed broccoli alone ya’ll!! Particularly if it doesn’t have cheese on it! This time around I figured in order to make this work I had to do vegetables on my terms. I was done forcing myself to eat salads all the time and I was done forcing myself to eat vegetables I didn’t like.

The challenge has been finding ways to get in my 8 servings of veggies and incorporating vegetables into my daily life in a way that I could maintain and not feel like I was making myself miserable. I am still learning how best to make those 8 servings of vegetables my meal plan requires happen. But, here are a few tips I have learned along the way:

  1. Try new things- this is important. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone and be willing to try new things. I learned a few years ago that it wasn’t that I didn’t like green beans. It was actually that I didn’t like the french cut style green beans that my Dad always preferred and was the green bean of my childhood. Trying new things have led me to many a discovery that I didn’t think possible.
  2. Don’t be afraid to write something off. Just like trying something new I think it is also important to be willing to let go of some vegetables that are just not for you. Mine is sweet potatoes (I know, I know, they are more of a carb). I have tried them so many times and every time I think they are disgusting. Like vile and disgusting…blech. So, I stopped trying to force myself to like sweet potatoes even if they are so much better for me.
  3. SPICES ARE THE KEY. I have learned along the way that spices and herbs are the key to keeping me interested in vegetables. For instance, these days smoked paprika is my go-to spice. I put it on everything!! It helps that spinach and mushroom combo to pop!

So, I thought I would also share with you a day with me where I get in 8 servings of veggies and how I make it happen!! Check it out!!