With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to revisit our lean resolutions for the new year and awaken our minds and bodies from the lag in energy many of us experience in wintertime. The following recipes focus on key ingredients, namely caffeine and spice, that kickstart your body’s energy-burning process. Capsaicin, the powerful antioxidant found in hot peppers, literally warms us from the inside out, raising body temperature, and releasing endorphins. Accompanying a routine of regular exercise with these small, spice-infused meals and energizing beverages will stoke your metabolism with extra fuel, helping to elevate and sustain your energy level. Experiment with these recipes to ignite your inner fire and give yourself a delicious boost in heat and vitality to weather the few remaining weeks of winter.
Matcha Green Tea Latte
Matcha is a highly potent form of green tea with a vibrant hue and a bold, energizing flavor. With nearly 137 times as many antioxidants as common green tea, this beverage provides a variety of excellent health benefits plus stellar anti-aging properties, as well as a balanced, crash-free caffeine boost to get you going.
Mock Cappuccino with Cinnamon and Nutmeg
The warming spices in this drink add to the stimulating effects of the coffee with a refreshing jolt of flavor.
Spiced Chopped Salad
I like to heat up this nourishing dish by mixing jalapenos and peperoncini into the dressing. If your palate is very sensitive to spice, I recommend scraping out the extra hot white veins and seeds out of the inside of the peppers.
Spicy Hummus Wrap
Cayenne pepper, made by grinding together a variety of dried hot peppers, is full of capsaicin. The fresh veggies, rich hummus, and firey kick of cayenne make for a very tasty and effective jumpstart to the metabolism.
This delicious low-calorie, low fat smoothie is an excellent lean alternative to its sugary Starbucks counterpart.
Eggs are packed with protein and energy-boosting vitamin B12. Adding jalapenos or your favorite hot pepper-based sauce will give your taste buds and metabolism that extra kick.
Spicy Tomato Soup
This hot and healthy soup will stimulate your system with every bite, not only because of its heat but because of its variety of aromatic herbs.