31 Day Healthy Challenge Day #19—Eat More Spicy Foods



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© 2014 Shanna Lea

Recent studies confirm that eating spicy foods has several health benefits. Due to certain chemicals and compounds, like capsaicin, spicy foods speed up your metabolism and improve digestion.

Spicy Foods Make You Eat Less

Eating peppers makes you consume less food throughout the day. Consuming fewer calories leads to faster weight loss.

Spicy Foods Boost Your Metabolism

Foods like black pepper, capsaicin and ginger boost metabolism. They increase metabolism rate, which raises body temperature, causing the body to burn more calories while eating.

Spicy Foods Help Lower Blood Pressure

Eating spicy foods lowers blood pressure and the risk of diabetes, while reducing the risk of heart attacks and cancer.

Add a spicy kick to your menu with hot sauce or peppers and enjoy the weight loss and other health benefits of this combination.

Have you tried Jalapeno Poppers?   This is one of my daughter’s favorite recipes to make.

Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

Serves 2

5 jalapeno peppers

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1 package bacon

BBQ sauce

Cut the top off the peppers and then cut the peppers in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and membranes to reduce heat, if desired.

Stuff each jalapeno half with cream cheese—be generous.

Wrap a slice of bacon around each jalapeno half a few times until the cream cheese is covered.

Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until poppers are soft and cream cheese has melted.

Serve with BBQ sauce.  *(My daughter insists this brand is the only one worthy of her jalapeño popper recipe)


Recommended Reading:

The World’s Best Spicy Food: Where to Find it & How to Make it

1,001 Best Hot and Spicy Recipes



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