International Hot & Spicy Day

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I am typically turned off by these marketer designated official “days” around food.  They are so randomly chosen, and there’s typically a large brand behind it to push a well-funded campaign.  But once in awhile, I get inspired by a delicious one that speaks to me.  Last year, it was National Peanut Butter Day.  This year, it’s International Hot & Spicy Day.

Spice has more than just flavor. And thanks to the wonderful folks at SELF Magazine, they outlined a few that show some health benefits:

  1. Weight loss
  2. Heart health
  3. Cancer prevention
  4. Lowers blood pressure
  5. Hot foods produce seratonin, which help with stress
  6. Helps reduce inflammation (that’s a tip from my own doctor)

But here’s one that SELF Magazine doesn’t include. Who doesn’t want hot and spicy, while you’re eating hot and spicy?  Try my shrimp fra diavolo recipe.  Or my husband’s guacamole.  And to keep things extra delicious, my watermelon-cucumber mojitos can cool down any spiced palate. Enjoy all of that heat!

Shrimp fra Diavolo on the Cook This…Get Laid Channel

Guacamole? Hot and spicy INDEED.

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About Mona

I'm a food writer and home cook that loves to talk about healthy food and romance.
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