This time of the year in Northern Hemisphere everyone (except a few Jon Snows out there) craves warmth so I thought it could be useful to offer advice on how to spice it up this winter - do not get too excited, this is food oriented post!
Chili pepper is a fantastic way of naturally stimulate your body to produce heat as it increases energy expenditure and burns fat. When consumed in excessive amounts, the side effect you already know: the sweat running off on your forehead and a burning tongue.
In addition red chili peppers contain capsaicin, an anti-inflammatory compound that helps with pain relief, clears congestion and boosts immunity.
Here’s my favorite simple recipe to include some hotness in your life:
Handy Hot Sauce:
Blend until obtain a dressing consistency:
3 cups olive oil
2 organic red peppers
3 garlic gloves
1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
1 1/2 tbsp hot chili powder
1/2tsp psyllium (to make it thicker),
3/4 tbsp kelp or use Himalayan salt as desired.
I like to have when I am eating Mexican or Thai inspired dishes, but to be honest I use it everywhere!
Useful tip: in case your recipe is too spicy add some sweetness (red peppers) or fat (olive oil) to balance the intensity.