Adding a little heat to your meals this winter will do more than simply warm you up, it can help improve your health as well. There are several health benefits of spicy foods, namely hot peppers. Eating spicy foods revs up your metabolism and gives you a fat-burning boost. Additionally, eating spicy food slows down consumption, which can be beneficial for anyone trying to maintain or lose weight. Another health benefit of eating spicy foods is improved circulation. Paired with their naturally occurring anti-inflammatory elements, hot peppers are a cardiovascular superfood.
Now, these amazing health benefits may sound great, but if you don’t currently add spice to your cooking, it can be hard to know where to start. Have no fear! It’s surprisingly easy to add heat to your winter cooking. To get started, here are a few more traditional winter foods that can easily be taken to the next level with some added spice:
- Pasta: From your go-to spaghetti recipe to your family mac & cheese recipe, you can add some heat that will both delight the senses and provide extra health benefits. To start, add a teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper to your pasta sauce while cooking. Give it a taste and adjust to your comfort level. You want to feel the heat but not burn your taste buds! Another option is to chop a fresh jalapeño or serrano pepper (seeds removed to start, since they are a heavy source of spice) and add it to any pasta casserole you are making. It goes great with a little chopped onion in mac & cheese for a fresh take on a traditional dish.
- Soup: Depending on the type of soup you make, there are a few different ways to add some heat. Adding extra chipotle or chili peppers to your chili recipe or chicken tortilla soup is always a great flavor combination. Or, if you make a lot of squash soups this time of year, add a teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper to start and increase as desired.
- Roasted Veggies: For holiday feasts and winter weeknights alike, roasted veggies are a wintertime favorite. One option for adding some heat to your veggies is to sprinkle them with dried red pepper flakes once they are coated in oil. Start sparingly, as these can pack a punch! For another flavor-filled option, use a habanero-infused olive oil. Find what flavors you love to amp up the heat factor.
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