How to use the spice for weight loss: There are a plethora of spices available in an Indian kitchen and each one has its own health benefits. One such spice is elaichi (cardamom), which is widely used in various dishes and desserts. Liked for its distinct aroma, this spice has its list of added health benefits. Adding elaichi to your diet will not only give a boost to your metabolism but can also help you in shedding weight quickly.
Elaichi stimulates digestion, aids metabolism and reduces bloating, which is the reason why it is considered as a superfood for weight loss.
How To Use Cardamom For Weight Loss?
Just take out seeds of the cardamom pod and powder them roughly with a mortar and pestle or using the back of a heavy spoon. Add a pinch of this cardamom powder to your tea, low-fat milk or plain water to get your cardamom fix. It goes without saying that just cardamom will not help you lose weight until you engage in exercises and eat a healthy and nutritious diet.
Crush the cardamom pod and take out all the seeds from it. Now add the pod peel and seeds in a glassful of water. Leave it as is for the whole night. You could also use cardamom powder instead of the cardamom pods. Have it first right after waking up in the morning on an empty stomach. Avoid drinking or eating anything for at least half an hour after having cardamom water. Drink it every day to get maximum benefits.
Boil cardamom along with other spices like peppercorns, cloves and cinnamon stick. Boil it for a couple of minutes. Pass the tea through a colander to strain it. Add some milk, sugar or honey and have it warm. You can also skip having milk or sugar, or both, and have the hot, spiced up tea. This tea, with all the spices along with milk and honey tastes delicious and you can have it every day in place of your regular tea.
Cooking With Cardamom
Adding cardamom during cooking your food helps to bring in its health benefits. Add it to Kala chana, paneer sabzi or other such dishes for enhanced flavour and weight-loss properties. You can also simply add whole or crushed cardamom pods to your regular tea to make it taste better and make it healthier.