1) Get Spicy
You’re a hot pepper baby! Well your next ingredient is. Sprinkle cayenne pepper on your dish to add some heat, increase your immune system and speed up your metabolism. Little family secret- my Italian Grandpa taught us anytime we felt a cold coming on shake some cayenne on a fresh glass of juice or in ginger/lemon tea. Good bye germs!
Also think jalapeno, serrano and if you’ve got balls or want to put hair on them- habanero! The kick ass ingredient in all peppers is capsaicin which helps with weight management, pain relief, reducing inflammation, increasing metabolism and improving your mood. Plus chili peppers are high in Vitamin E which is an antioxidants that fight free radicals and aging.
2) The Big O- Organic
Yes, choosing organic can make your food taste better. You’re getting a cleaner product that hasn’t been sprayed with herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and other nasty chemicals that don’t belong in your hot body. Extra hot after adding in those peppers. Even your condiments would love to be upgraded to organic. Tomatoes for example are one of the most pesticide filled fruits so buying organic ketchup is a great place to start.
3) Add the Miracle Spice
Omg what is it?! Turmeric! Aka curcumin it’s active compound. Naturally add a beautiful orange-y color to your dish and a peppery aroma while infusing it with countless health benefits. Most well known for decreasing inflammation and pain. This King of spices is the king of anti’s: antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties. So if you’re anti against using it then maybe you’re just too far gone.
4) You’re a nut
Feed your brain while garnishing your salad, rice, quinoa, oatmeal, really any dish that could use a nice crunch with heart healthy nuts. Walnuts for omega 3’s and brain function, almonds for vitamin E for antioxidants, cashews contain a compound that wards off depression, pistachios have more vitamin K or potassium than any other nut, just two brazil nuts contain your daily requirement of the amazing antioxidant selenium, pine nuts contain an appetite-suppressing hormone, macadamia actually help reduce weight and insulin sensitivity with their high levels of omega 7 palmitoleic acids and pecans lower blood pressure and ease nerves with high levels of magnesium.
5) Cinnamon or should we say Thinamon
Cinnamon can add sweetness to oatmeal, breakfast rice bowls, smoothies, baked goods, tea…really anything you want a little sweet and spicy. It’s loaded with antioxidants called Polyphenols and outranks my other fave garlic! These high levels of antioxidants also aid in lowering inflammation which is important because chronic high levels lead to a variety of diseases.
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