Spice It Up!


     Was my craving for Mexican Food my body’s way of trying to tell me something? Some of the articles I have read recently make me think so. It appears that recent research gives us reason to believe “myths” about spicy foods boosting metabolism may be rooted in fact.

      A lifescript.com  piece mentioned that spicy foods like cayenne pepper and chili powder raise the body temperature and increase heart rate. This causes your body to use more energy, thus burn more calories. If you are burning more calories, you will lose weight faster.

     According to The Journal of Nutrition , researchers from Penn State and  McCormic Science Institute have found that adding a combination of culinary amounts of turmeric, cinnamon, rosemary, oregano, garlic powder, and paprika to a meals had a significant effect on participants’ blood sugar results. This affects blood sugar levels in a very positive way. Thus it appears that eating these spices causes the body do a better job of burning fat and keeping the appetite in check.

     In addition to the “science stuff” spicy foods are likely to be a great choice in those eating calorie controlled diets for other, more obvious reasons. I have listed a few that I have noticed from my personal experience. Spicy foods usually have great colors and aromas. These begin to feed the senses before the mouth is ever involved. Once you do bite in, the bold flavors will often allow you to be very satisfied on a small portion. Spicy foods can be flavorful without the need to add “empty calorie” ingredients such as sugar and sauces. Spicy foods often beg for water and if you are drinking more, you will be full faster. Foods that incorporate spices are often more interesting and harder to eat mindlessly. You are aware of and seem to enjoy each bite individually. I like mixing foods with “heat” with cool items like fresh fruit or veggies. The hot and cold sensations are very pleasing and make eating an experience. So, it seems my craving for spicy foods was a good thing. I’ve talked myself into a snack of Pepper Jack and Grapes. Yum! Lets go spice things up!

A previously mentioned favorite snack with a kick. Pepper Jack Cheese and Ice Cold Grapes! A quick and easy at home lunch with a kick.


Tony and I both enjoy this filling Indian dish with a "bite"!


It may say "sweet", but there's some spice going on there, too. Tony liked it so much he asked me to serve it again soon.

210 calories or with the extra kick of a packet of Wendy’s Hot Chili Sauce, add just 5 more.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. slimdownwithsandee
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 16:34:35

    Another great way to add flavor and spice without lots of calories is to use salsa. Try using it to top a salad instead of your usual salad dressing or add it to a sandwich instead of higher calorie condiments. It’s available at most resturants and often as little as 10 calories for 1/4 cup.


  2. slimdownwithsandee
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 13:39:43

    I just had the yummiest low cal snack. Maggie’s Pico Salsa (1/4 cup 10 calories) and a Light Laughing Cow Queso Fresco and Chipole Cheese Wedge (35 calories). I could double the portion size and stil have a snack that’s under 100 calories! Woo Hoo!


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