“In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but the foolish man devours all he has” (Proverbs 20:21)
We are emerging from the throes of winter and approaching the warmer months. Finally!!! This means we want to shape up and look our best! Choosing nutritious foods will always assist with healthier weight loss. That along with exercise is certainly one way to jump-start your metabolism.
These aren’t miracle cures but are common sense suggestions when selecting metabolic-boosting foods:
Drink ice-cold water: This works because metabolism burns a few calories (8 calories per glass) in order to restore normal temperature.
Similarly in small ways spicy foods stimulate circulation, raising body temperature which also jump-starts our metabolism:
- Wasabi – excellent in Asian foods, fish, deviled eggs, salad dressing, steak sauce, as a coating to bread crumbs for chicken, with yogurt as a spread on vegetables.
- Horseradish: Definitely make your own cocktail sauce with ketchup with hot horseradish to taste or add it to mustard.
- Tabasco: Add to eggs, salad dressings, sauces, chili, even pasta sauces.
- Chili peppers: Add to Chili and any other Asian & Mexican recipe.
- Habanero and jalapeno (caution: extremely hot, use protective gloves when handling)
- Cayenne pepper: great for Cajun, Creole and chocolate recipes. (It’s been prescribed to help arthritis pain too.)
- Hot Salsa – and one doesn’t have to have with fattening tortilla chips. Try spreading over chicken or a mild white fish such as swai, tilapia or in rice while it’s cooking for a flavorful meal.
- Chipolte seasonings: Try creating a potato medley with red & green peppers, onions, mushrooms and corn. Add a small amount of olive oil to a mixing bowl, combine the veggies, add the seasoning to adhere and grill. So easy!
- Ginger – there are some great spicy ginger ales available that really tingle the taste buds!
- Other foods found to boost metabolism include turmeric, cinnamon, rosemary, oregano, and paprika.
Capsaicin, the ingredient in red cayenne pepper is an antioxidant, thus it benefits our natural immune system. Studies have also shown that this stimulates brain activity, releasing serotonin which is a feel-good neurotransmitter, producing feelings of contentment.
Red peppers contain a great deal of vitamin C, (2 1/2 x’s per oz. than oranges) which not only boosts the immune system but helps restore collagen to the skin. Also high in Vitamin A, iron and potassium.
Here’s another benefit to hot spicy foods: anything that makes your nose run, also opens up the lungs. If you’re coming down with a summer cold, try adding hot pepper (and garlic) to your chicken soup for quick recovery.
Caution: If a little is good, more doesn’t necessarily mean better. In fact, too much might harm the gallbladder and taste buds! Consume spicy foods using common sense and in moderation. (Balance again.)
I’ve found if I use spices, I’ll need less butter, oil or salt to season food.
In the summer, consume smaller meals and foods with a higher water content like fruits, vegetables or fish to create less strain on digestion.
It’s fine to care about your physical body – God requires it, but care about your soul even more! In this growing hedonistic world of beauty and “selfies” there needs to be a balance.
3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”