Happy Belated Valentine's Day!
In light of this schmaltzy holiday, this article will not only be infused with my love, it will also feature some seriously juicy information on how you can keep life hot and sexy day in and day out, starting NOW!
If I can be blunt, I am no fan of Winter, nor am I of Valentine's Day for that matter. Simply put, resembling a pale, frozen, abominable "puff-monster," shuffling through dirty slush and snow, hardly leaves me feeling "hot and sexy." However, aside from New York's uncharacteristically warm Winter, I've learned how to keep life fresh, fun, and fabulous, at all times, and YOU can too with these two golden
From my heart to yours, here are
My Top Two Secrets To Keeping Your Kitchen & Your Life Hot! Hot! Hot! Forever!
#1). Turn Up The Heat: As in, adding some kick to your used-to-be-bland dishes. You can be a novice or an expert in the kitchen, I don't give a tick, everyone can and should add spice to their food! Noteworthy spices I love to use include:
* Dried/ground Chipotle peppers
* Chili powder
* Cayenne Pepper
* Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
* Mustard Seed
Don't like it spicy? Before you put the kibosh on this idea, I encourage you to hear me out, because spices really are super, my friends! Here are some of the major benefits they can have on your health:
* Aid in Weight Loss: They rev up your metabolism because their main
compound, capsaicin, heats your body temperature, which may cause
you to continue to burn calories up to 20 minutes after eating!
* Prevent Cancer: According to the American Association for Cancer
research, capsaicin has the ability to kill some cancer & leukemic
cells. Turmeric is known to be an especially effective
* Lower Blood Pressure: Heat from the peppers amps up your blood
flow, which helps strengthen your cardiovascular system!
* Healthier Heart: Chili peppers are proven to reduce the damaging
effects of bad LDL cholesterol, and that fabulous capsaicin is
known to fight inflammation, which is a big red flag when it comes
to your heart's health.
* Fewer Blowouts: That's right, if you eat hot, you're actually
less likely to become a hot head! Chilies are filled with the
feel-good hormone serotonin, which results in a happier, and thus
#2). Change It Up: Readers be warned, keeping changes small is key, as you don't want to set yourself up for failure. That's a no-no! By continuously tweaking aspects of your life, you will undoubtedly keep things "fresh to death," and far from stale, which will render higher feelings of satisfaction, and excitement. Some examples of small changes you might make include:
* Replacing one of your cycling classes with a yoga class
* Trying a new restaurant or cuisine every month
* Reorganizing your desk or bedroom
* Reversing your usual run/walk route
* Or maybe, if you're really feeling randy, surprising your
significant other with an impromptu French kiss - say what?!?!?
You see, my friends, when things become redundant, they become super boring, and your life, and your food, starts to seem like a total snooze-fest, leaving you in an unmotivated funk. This is why I say keeping things spicy in and outside the kitchen is imperative to your overall sense of happiness and fulfillment! Even
though these changes might seem insignificant, they'll make an everlasting difference over time! Promise!
So go on! Tweak, twist, pull, pinch, adjust, add, and remove your life away, little by little, inch by inch, day by day!
Here's to a Hot, Happy, & Healthy February!
ARTICLE BONUS: *Special Recipe Feature*
Here's one of my favorite recipes for you to try! Without the pepper flakes, it would be a bit lackluster, but the added spice really turns out the dish, and packs loads of flavor! Oh, and it's also a piece of cake to make!
SPAGHETTI WITH GARLIC, OLIVE OIL, CHILI PEPPER FLAKES
What you need (serves 2):
7 oz. (1/2 box) Organic Whole Wheat Spaghetti
2 Large (3 small) Garlic Cloves, minced
1 ½ tsp Chili Pepper Flakes
¼ Cup High Quality, Organic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ tsp Himalayan Sea Salt
1 T Sea Salt (Pasta Water)
½ tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Freshly Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese to top
1). Cook spaghetti according to directions on package. About 6-8
minutes, until Al Dente (pasta should be soft, but slightly firm at
2). Strain pasta, and place in large mixing bowl.
3). Add garlic, olive oil, chili pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Toss
4). Serve into individual bowls, or into a large, shallow serving dish.
Top with freshly grated cheese.
5). VOILA! This dish is fantastic served warm, or at room temperature.