It’s not uncommon to break out in a sweat when you eat really spicy foods. This reaction is from the temperature in your body rising as it processes the food. So can this reaction really help you burn more calories? Read on to find out:
1️⃣ A recent study from Purdue University found that cayenne pepper increases your body’s core temperature
• This creates a thermogenic effect in your body - meaning you generate heat as digestion occurs
•This leads to a boost in metabolism as well as additional calorie burning
•This boost was more effective in people that don’t usually eat spicy food as much
•They also found that participants ate less of other foods after having something spicy first, so it acted as an appetite suppressant
2️⃣ Another study found that taking a capsaicin pill (capsaicin is the active component of chili peppers that give them their kick) caused participants to burn 116 more calories in a day compared to those who took a placebo pill.
So, results vary by person, and it’s not a miracle cure to obesity, but adding some spice to your foods from time to time definitely couldn’t hurt.
Bone broth is a nutrient-dense liquid that’s slow-cooked and made from the bones and connective tissues of cows, chickens, pigs, or even fish. The extended cooking time results in the breakdown of the tissues and releases their healing compounds. Here are some awesome benefits of bone broth:
•Protect joints - Bone broth is a great source of natural collagen and gelatin, which help to restore cartilage in your joints.
•Gut health - Gelatin also helps to create a strong gut lining and reduce food sensitivities. Other compounds like glutamine and arginine help to reverse leaky-gut syndrome as well.
•Healthy skin - Collagen promotes the creation of elastin and other compounds that affect the texture and tone of skin and give it a youthful glow.
•Immune system and energy - The combination of compounds and amino acids in bone broth have been shown to help with inflammation, improve your immune system, boost energy during the day, help you sleep at night, and even improve your mood.
It can be hard to not want to share your favorite foods with your furry family members. Especially when they give you that look and start to whine. There are definitely some foods dogs shouldn’t eat ever, but there are actually quite a few that are very beneficial for them that you can share. Let’s take a look:
Here are some foods that are great for dogs:
Make sure your dogs never get ahold of these:
Eating too fast can lead to problems like indigestion, constipation, and malabsorption of nutrients. Along with that, it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to receive signals of your stomach being full, so pacing mealtimes are important. Here are 5 tips that can help if your kids are eating too fast:
•Teach kids to put their fork down after they take a bite. Not having a utensil in their hand will let them focus on chewing like they should be and also add a brief pause between bites.
•Have kids take a sip of water between bites. This adds another pause to space things out and also makes sure they’re drinking enough as well.
•Let kids know that dinner time lasts for a set amount of time. If everyone knows that dinner lasts 30 minutes, there won’t be a need to race to finish “first place” so they can move on to other activities.
•Make time to talk during meals. This will set a healthy pace for digestion and help everyone connect.
•Lead by example. Life gets busy but try to leave some time to allow your whole family the time they need to enjoy a meal.
Keto, or the ketogenic diet, has surged in popularity in the last year. For some users, it’s allowed them to shed body weight quickly and get hunger under control. Here’s a brief overview of what is involved with the keto diet and how it works:
•Keto is a high-fat diet. Your daily foods should consist of 75% fats, 20% protein, and 5% carbs.
•This combination of high fat and low carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. This means you are burning fat for fuel instead of carbs.
•Since your body isn’t able to get glucose from carbs, your liver then converts the fatty acids you’re eating into “ketones” as an alternate energy source. This switch is called “ketogenesis”.
•Once ketogenesis kicks in and ketone levels are elevated, the body is in a state called “ketosis,” where you’re burning stored fat.
•Foods that are keto-friendly: meats, eggs, cheese, fish, nuts, butter, oils, and vegetables.
•Foods to avoid for keto-dieters: sugar, bread and other grains, beans, and fruit.
Hemp hearts (also known as hemp seeds) are a tiny but incredibly nutritious superfood. They have a subtle, nutty flavor and are easy to sprinkle on things like salads, soups, cereal, or yogurt to add a boost of nutrition. Here are some reasons why they’re awesome and worth working into your diet:
•High in Protein - 3 tablespoons of hemp hearts provides 10g of protein and 170 calories. Ounce-for-ounce, that’s more protein than beef! It’s also twice the protein of flax and chia seeds.
•Omegas and Aminos - Aside from being rich in omega-3s and omega-6s, hemp hearts contain all the essential amino acids your body can’t produce, making them a complete protein...which is pretty rare for a plant-based protein.
•May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease - Large amounts of an amino acid called arginine can be found in hemp hearts. This amino produces nitric acid in your body, which leads to a relaxation of blood vessels and lowered blood pressure.
•Easy to eat - Hemp hearts are ready to eat straight out of the bag when you buy them. They don’t need to be ground like flaxseed to take advantage of the health benefits. They also don’t do the whole “outside puffs up into slime” thing that chia seeds do.
Gone are the days that people limited themselves to just two eggs a week. More recent studies show that eggs are incredibly healthy and extremely nutritious. Here are 5 reasons why they should be part of your regular diet:
Green smoothies are catching on because it’s an easy way to get your greens in, while also being delicious. As long as you don’t overdo it with the sweeteners (honey or agave) and stick with low-GI fruits (apples, pears, kiwi, strawberries), green smoothies can be a nutritious ally in your quest for overall health.
• Customizable - Swap out your greens and other ingredients throughout the week to avoid getting burned out.
• Easy to digest - Blending causes the cells in the smoothie ingredients to rupture, making nutrients readily accessible by your body.
• Fiber - Because they’re made from whole foods, green smoothies still contain fiber, which can’t be said for fruit juices.
• Portable and Storable - You can make up a couple days worth of green smoothies at a time and it’s a convenient way to pack in a lot of whole food benefits in a small container.
Involving children in mealtime preparations is a great way to teach valuable life skills at any age. From helping with grocery shopping to preparing full meals (depending on their age), we think these tips will provide great ways to get the whole family involved with cooking.
• Ask them to check the pantry and refrigerator for certain items while making your list
• Allow your children to pick their favorite vegetable and make each child’s item a focus on separate nights
• Teach your kids the names of produce and show them how to pick ripe items
• Older children can read food labels and ingredient panels
• Younger children can scrub fruits and vegetables and work on fine motor skills
• Have older children count items and do easy measurements
Storage and Organization
• Show them how to rotate items in the pantry and check expiration dates
• Have your kids group items that go together for storage - rice and oatmeal next to each other, while olive oil and sesame oil are in a different place, for example
When a tired spell hits you, caffeine and candy may be tempting for a quick boost, but that’s all they’ll give you before you crash again. For foods to provide you with lasting energy boosts, you want ones high in protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates. Here are ten foods to make you feel like you’ve really refueled:
• Greek Yogurt
• Peanut Butter