9 condiments that are good for you

Boost your health with a squeeze of this and a dash of that. Eating just one meal that contains capsaicin — the compound that gives hot sauce and chile peppers their heat — not only reduces levels of hunger-causing ghrelin but also raises GLP-1, an appetite-suppressing hormone, says new research in the European Journal of Nutrition. Other scientists found that people who drank capsaicin-spiced tomato juice before each meal over 2 days ingested 16 percent fewer calories than those who drank it plain.

Serving tip: Splash on tacos, brown rice, or low-fat tomato or lentil soup. Hot sauce also pairs well with citrus, adds Meyer. Top half a grapefruit with a few shakes, plus a teaspoon of brown sugar.

Read the full article via nbcnews.com here.

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Spice up your Paleo Diet with these Top 5 recipes

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This chicken is coated in an almond meal (aka almond flour) crust that is both 100% paleo and gluten free. After a bake in the oven it’s dunked in a deliciously sticky sweet and spicy sauce. Sweet & Spicy Paleo Chicken Fingers: recipe here

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Spicy Tex-Mex Grain Free Meatballs: recipe here

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This sausage and shrimp skillet brings back sweet memories of childhood. Spicy sausage: recipe here

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If you are a buffalo wings fan, try this recipe – Cauliflower Buffalo Bites: recipe here

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These Paleo Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos taste just like the real thing! Crunch spicy and all around perfect: recipe here

Click here for more Paleo Recipes.

Heat up the summer with these Top 5 spicy drink recipes

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Rim the glass with salt and limes  – Red chile Martini. recipe here

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This Jalapeno and Ginger mix makes The Angry Mule. recipe here

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Fresh, sweet watermelon puree, lime juice, Triple Sec, and jalapeno-infused tequila make these Jalapeno Watermelon Margaritas super summery and delightful.  recipe here

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It’s citrusy, bright, and refreshing. A great way to kick off the weekend! Mexican Mai Tai. recipe here

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Fiery kick in this Habanera Margarita. recipe here

Click here for more spicy drink inspiration

What is your favorite summer cocktail? Share in the comments below. 

Cook Mothers Day breakfast like a boss with these delicious ideas. Thanks mom, you rock!

Cheesy-Baked-Egg-ToastCheesy baked egg toast. RECIPE

Biscuits-and-Gravy-Casserole-0350Biscuits and gravy. RECIPE

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Sunrise baked potatoes, eggs and bacon. RECIPE

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Churro french toast. RECIPE

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Bell pepper eggs in a hole. RECIPE

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Maple bacon pancake bites. RECIPE

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Stuffed french toast. RECIPE

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Bacon, spaghetti squash and parmesan fritters. RECIPE

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Epic breakfast cupcakes. RECIPE

Click here for more breakfast ideas. Happy eating. 

8 insanely mouth-watering recipes to satisfy you on National Meatball Day.

Every year pounds of meat are rolled into balls, flavored, dipped, battered, baked, fried or bbqed and consumed by the masses. On National Meatball Day, 2015 we introduce you to some of the greatest meatball recipes we could find on the world wide web. Warning, you may drool, head to the store and attempt these recipes at home. Cheers to National Meatball Day! The greatest day of the year.. so far!

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Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs. Recipe at bsugarmama.com

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It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere Friday: Bourbon Meatballs. Recipe at theviewfromgreatisland.com

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French onion stuffed meatballs. Recipe at orwhateveryoudo.com

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Smokey mesquite bbq meatball sliders. Recipe at toprecipeblog.com

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Meatball Sub on a Stick. Recipe at cookiesandcups.com

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Honey-Balsamic BBQ Meatballs. Recipe at iowagirleats.com

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Healthy 30 minute Sriracha teriyaki meatball bowls. Recipe at bakerbynature.com

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Spicy Lasagna with Sausage Meatballs. Recipe at theviewfromgreatisland.com

For even more delicious meatball recipes visit our PINTEREST page

One Pot Spicy Taco Rice Skillet

This dish is so versatile, you could add more veggies, add beans or even change up the meat from beef to chicken, turkey, or even a meat substitute. It is fabulous in tacos and burritos, salad bowls- or even baked in a bell pepper! Of course, this is incredibly delicious on it’s own too. There is just something you can’t beat about a creamy, spicy and rich dish that you can make in under 40 minutes in just one pan!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or jack cheese
  • green onions, to garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large pan, brown beef.
  2. When beef is lightly browned, add diced onions and peppers.
  3. Cook until beef is fully cooked, onions and peppers are soft.
  4. Add can of tomatoes with green chili- no need to drain.
  5. Add salsa, rice, water and stock.
  6. Stir well to combine.
  7. Add in spices and mix, cover.
  8. Let simmer on low until rice is soft and liquid has cooked off.
  9. Top with cheese, stir in until it melts.
  10. Serve!

Recipe & photos courtesy of SweetCDesigns

 

6 jobs that actually exist in this world.

1. ICE CREAM TASTER

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Yes, this is an actual paid position. John Harrison, he has the most delicious job in the business. As Official Ice Cream Taster for Dreyers Ice Cream (not to be confused with Breyers), John gets paid to sample three cartons of each flavor daily to check product quality. He claims the gig isn’t all fun and games since he must maintain a strict, spice-free diet; however, being surrounded by Rocky Road sounds like a sweet deal nonetheless.

2. LAUGHTER THERAPIST

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Goodbye Tears.. laughter may just be the best medicine. Laughing is an excellent way to reduce stress in our lives, and can help you to cope with and survive a stressful lifestyle. We were born with the gift of laughter. Laughter is a natural medicine. It lifts our spirits and makes us feel happy. Laughter is a contagious emotion. It can bring people together. It can help us feel more alive and empowered. Laughter therapy, also called humor therapy, is the use of humor to promote overall health and wellness. It aims to use the natural physiological process of laughter to help relieve physical or emotional stresses or discomfort. HAHAHA

3. Feng Shui Consultant

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Feng Shui can be used in any space – home, office, garden, store, etc. Accordingly, a Feng Shui decorator will account for color, lighting, and organization in a room. Feng Shui consultants can be self-taught, but may also have formal certification or training. Go on, organize.. and get paid.

4. Pick-up Artist Instructor

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“PUA,” or “pick up artist” training is sometimes sought after by men who have difficulty meeting women. A “PUA bootcamp” can cost as much as $3,000, and are held in locations all over the world. The most prominent PUA instructor is James Matador, whose “Mystery Method” of attracting women was made famous by his reality television show on VH1. Wow.

5. Academy Awards Ballot Counter

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For the past 72 years, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Entertainment and Media practice has been counting the ballots cast for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Academy Awards. The two partners who run the 10-day ballot-counting team get to sit backstage and pass out the envelopes with the winners’ names inside. Inside Public Accounting says the average compensation for an accounting partner was $452,744.. Since your odds of becoming one of the two partners handling the task are as remote as your odds of winning an Academy Award, consider an alternative: working as an accountant in the entertainment industry.

and lastly…

6. SELLING YOUR LIFE

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Mike Merrill used his business brain to invest in something most people wouldn’t ever risk: himself. He decided to split himself into $100,000 shares at a $1 a piece allowing shareholders to run his life as they please. In other words they choose his significant others, the food he eats, his hair style, you name it.

Happy Labor Day!

How to Cool Your Tongue After Eating Spicy Food

1. Before eating the spicy food, eat something sweet and cold, such as ice cream or fruit.
2. Put sugar in your mouth, and suck on it for about 20 seconds.
3. Drink milk or another dairy product.
4.Drink beer. The carbohydrates in the beer also coat your tongue and decrease the heat levels.
5. Eat something light and fluffy, such as wheat products, bread, muffins, bagels, etc.
6. Chew a good sized slice of lemon or lime with the skin to take away the spiciness. The oil from the citrus skin will strip the oil of the chili from your tongue.
7. Eat tomatoes.

DO NOT

  • Do not drink plain water because water simply spreads the capsaicin around on your tongue.
  • Do not suck out all the saliva!! That helps cool you down too.
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