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Imagine hanging a blank canvas on your wall…pretty dull and boring, right? But slap some paint on that blank canvas, and voila! You've got a work of art to enjoy. The same thing goes with food and spices. Without spices, just about anything you cook up is going to be slightly less-than-satisfying.

Spices serve a number of purposes in our food. Flavor is the most obvious, of course, because spices bring out the best in a dish's flavor, but spices also give off lovely aromas that whet your appetite and ramp up your sense of wellbeing. They enhance the color of your dish as well, making it look more interesting and appetizing. Finally, spices and seasonings add a nutritional punch to your food. For example, cayenne pepper's heat comes from capsaicin, which helps relieve aches and pains, improves circulation and fights prostate cancer and ulcers. Bright yellow turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and helps you digest fats more quickly. Oregano has antiviral properties and is used medicinally to treat coughs and fever.

Experimenting with spices is fun, especially when you're using Simple Girl's aromatic, delicious seasonings that contain a range of high-quality herbs and spices and virtually nothing else — no sugar, no carbs, and no calories. Here are some clever ways to use our favorite sugar-free seasoning blends.

Spice Up Your Popcorn

Popcorn is a convenient, low-calorie, delicious treat that you can usually eat without having to worry about your waistline. But popcorn can get a little bland after the first hundred handfuls, so spicing it up a bit may be in order to keep you from reaching for the Nacho Cheese Doritos instead.

After you pop a big bowl of corn, spritz it with just a tiny bit of water and shake on some spice. Simple Girl's sugar-free Sweet & Hot Louisiana Seasoning is a perfect marriage of heat and sweet and will perk up your taste buds immediately, fully satisfying your snacky tendencies. If you don't like heat, consider adding some tang and twang with our sugar-free BBQ Seasoning or our spicy-but-not-hot Southwest Seasoning.

Make a Good Egg Better

If you tend to eat your eggs naked, save for a spot of salt, you're really missing out. Eggs are the perfect vehicle for a little spicing-up, and our gluten-free seasonings can really do your egg some justice. Boiled eggs are the perfect snack: all-natural, packed with protein, easy to make, and quite satisfying. Next time you enjoy a hard-boiled egg, sprinkle it with a little Simple Girl All-Purpose Safe Seasoning for a little extra oomph. If you enjoy turning up the heat a bit, dress it up with a few shakes of our Sweet & Hot Louisiana Seasoning.

Don't limit your seasoning to hard-boiled eggs. You can spice up scrambled eggs and toss them in a whole-grain tortilla for a healthy, flavorful breakfast, or you can add some sass to a mess of sunny-side-up eggs for a delicious, toast-dipping treat.

Inject Your Fruit with Flavor

You may enjoy salting your watermelon, but have you ever tried it with a daring dash of hot? You'd be surprised at the difference a little sprinkling of our Sweet & Hot Louisiana Seasoning can make. It turns your watermelon into a flavorful, satisfying snack, a perfect marriage of cool and warm. But don't limit your seasoning to watermelon. The mild chili flavor of our Southwest Seasoning can perk up a mango, peach, or a handful of blueberries, and our Lemon Herb Seasoning can transform a fresh garden tomato into a satisfying stand-alone snack.

So don't be shy with our seasonings! Try new and unusual combinations when fancy strikes, and be sure to let us know how you like to use your Simple Girl seasonings in unconventional ways. We'd love to share it with others!

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