We at H&M know that we’re not alone in our journey to achieve better health and wellness, especially during the current time of COVID-19 restrictions… We, and many others, have taken those extra few minutes to cook meals together or share food recipes around. To make sure you can enjoy these experiences with your loved ones safely again, we’ve put together a list of products available across all our online stores to help you stay nourished while maintaining healthy habits.
Cayenne pepper is an extremely popular seasoning and has been used for centuries as a medicinal ingredient as well as as a common spice for cooking across different cultures. Now known as “the king of spices,” it’s so much more than just a delicious hot sauce! It’s also rich in antioxidants, iron, protein, magnesium and zinc, which work together to support good health and immune function. What’s more, it’s packed full of other flavor molecules – including capsaicines, quercetin, cinnamon, cinnamic acid and piperine – plus they are great for burning fat. In addition to keeping you feeling super fresh and energized, cayenne peppers are particularly high in vitamin C and contain high amounts of nutrients like copper, potassium, manganese and magnesium. Not to mention this versatile, adaptable and mild flavor makes them perfect for adding to smoothies, sauces, stir fries, tacos and more. Also included in our recommendations are some amazing benefits of Cayenne Pepper plus heath recipes, such as how to use it to cure colds, headaches, nausea and hangover (try some on our YouTube video).
Topping off our list of Cayenne Pepper benefits and recipes, one must not forget their amazing taste! These spiciest pepper has become synonymous with heat. Whether spicy chili peppers are added to dishes from South America to northern Europe, cayenne peppers are part and parcel of everyday life everywhere! They offer many health benefits and may even aid weight loss efforts. Additionally, since these peppers are highly concentrated and processed, they retain beneficial elements which include antioxidant compounds – such as polyphenols, phenolic acids and flavonoids – that fight inflammation and may help prevent heart disease and cancer. All said and done, when choosing a product, be wary of what’s being labeled – it could very well be toxic! Keep reading, for ideas on how we can add more Cayenne Pepper + Health Benefits to your own kitchen…
Cayenne Pepper + Easy Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas
Baking up some easy morning recipes using tasty roasted cayenne peppers are fun because they take little effort to prepare – making them ideal foods for busy mornings for kids who struggle to get out of bed. For example, try omitting the rice and instead pairing this creamy egg scramble with some roasted veggies. Or top it all off with some warm tortillas, or even crumble it into a breakfast roll. Whatever you choose to do, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t feel better after eating something yummy. Just keep in mind there is a lot of research behind consuming these nutritious ingredients. According to a 2015 review by the Journal of Nutrition, studies show that people who eat three grams of peanuts every day have lower levels of bad cholesterol and blood sugar, and have a 40% reduced risk of heart disease. And a 2014 study by researchers at Harvard University found that adding 20 g of a type of citrus fruit called lauric acid to breakfast cereal significantly lowered LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol (cholesterol) by 15%. So if there’s anything you can do to reduce your chances of developing certain diseases, then definitely switch to oats, or whole grain cereals with added nuts, seeds, fruits or other whole grains. You also want to look for foods containing omega-3 fatty acids, which play an important role in cardiovascular health. People are advised to consume 8 to 12 ounces of oily fish for each week of supplementation, according to research published in the journal Nutrients. So if you want to improve omega-3 intake but don’t want to go overboard on beans or salmon, stick to canned tuna or sardines along with olive oil. Finally, make sure you choose certified organic produce (check out www.cayenne.org for guidance).
Cayenne Pepper Recipe Idea #1
Cinnamon Rolls With Creamy Chex Mix: This dish uses brown sugar (instead of white sugar) and ground cinnamon for sweetness. Meanwhile, creaming a nut butter is made with almond milk and vanilla extract. Try this recipe with any cream cheese, Greek yogurt, peanut butter or spread; however, it will also work with feta cheese (if you prefer), cottage cheese or ricotta cheese. If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to regular flour, try replacing half your baking powder with Himalayan sea salt instead as it adds bulk to your dough. Enjoy!
Cayenne Pepper + Healthy Snacking Tips
If snacking is where you feel your most happiest (and most refreshed), here are 10 ways you can boost your nutrient intake and your mood with some healthy snacks. First up, skip the chocolate chip cookie to reach for a fiber-filled and complex carb snack. Instead opt for dried figs and berries. Another option? Ditch the deep fried chips and instead pack a serving of raw vegetables into a sandwich: broccoli or cauliflower, cucumber slices, or spinach. Check out our guide on 5 best low calorie dips to discover some delicious plant-based options. Add a spoonful of hummus or avocado to round out your meal. Remember, high quality, minimally processed produce is essential to getting maximum nutritional value! Next, consider replacing sugary drinks like soda or juice with water. Sugar in juices is not absorbed efficiently, so it doesn’t provide the minerals and vitamins you need. Our advice? Drink unsweetened coffee – it increases water retention, increases insulin levels, slows down digestion and helps you maintain hydration. Here’s another tip on how to avoid giving away your power? Don’t overdo it, according to a 2004 study published in Physiology & Behavior. During exercise, stress hormones can be released, which can lead to dehydration, fatigue and cramping. Take breaks between intense sessions so you can relax before beginning or end your activity. Lastly, drink plenty of fluids and replenish lost electrolytes by drinking lots of water throughout the day.
Cayenne Pepper + Smart Cooking Techniques
We know you’ll have fun trying new recipes whenever you pop open the back door of your home! We think these clever techniques are especially effective when paired with Cayenne Pepper – a potent seasoning that tastes incredible, but also brings tons of benefits to your diet and lifestyle. Try these easy fixes when cooking for someone else this summer:
1. Use frozen turmeric instead of red curry paste when grilling meat over medium-high heat for optimal results. 2. Use chicken stock instead of water when cooking large quantities of meat (like lamb). 3. Sprinkle paprika directly onto the chicken’s breast instead of sprinkling it on the steaks directly. 4. Use vegetable oil instead of traditional oils (such as coconut, palm or rapeseed) for sauteing.
5. Replace soy sauce with oyster sauce or sriracha if you prefer a less sweet taste. 6. Remove leftover meat/beef and place in freezer bags instead of trays or bowls, to prevent contamination. 7. Cook mushrooms separately rather than mixing them together with tomatoes, onions and garlic in the same pan. 8. Roast potatoes without having to peel, slice or mash them first – all at once. 9. Freeze leftovers before freezing ready meals like pizza and pasta. Alternatively, freeze pre-cooked dishes in small containers and refrigerate once they arrive at room temperature. Toss it with chopped vegetables beforehand. When thawing, sprinkle Parmesan cheese and herbs to enhance the flavors. Bake frozen pizzas and pastas in preheated ovens for 30 minutes. Then, defrost and bake again until golden brown!
10. Chop finely cucumbers to make mini salads; simply season, cut lengthwise and mix into the salad and serve! One of my personal favorites is Asian Chicken Salad (available at Whole Foods Market or select Target); other choices are Homemade Broccoli Cheese Soup or Steamed Kale Salad. 11. Save breaded shrimp and remove skin before roasting and frying. A pinch of cayenne pepper gives the seafood its tangy taste and enhances the savoryness of the shrimp. 12. Layer cornbread with diced onion instead of fried onions and black pepper instead of crushed red pepper flakes. 13. Place jalapeños in a baggie for easier prep. 14. Slice mushrooms thinly and dip in lemon zest and honey; drizzle with olive oil.15. Cut tomatoes into quarters and add two tablespoons of oil and squeeze 1 tablespoon lemon juice to coat. 16. Store marinated meats in single layer cans and allow to simmer uncovered to fully ripen. 17. Store cooked eggs in plastic zip-lock bags for storage (preferably in an airtight container. 18. Pre-heat oven to 425°F. 19. Dip uncooked potato wedges in apple cider vinegar instead of beer batter to prevent sticking. 20. Leave out meat sauce in homemade chili in case it gets too thick. 21. Whip up chai tea (freshly brewed tea in a mug or teapot) instead of boiling water to save time and keep the kettle on low. 22. Season with cilantro, cheddar and parsley to increase crunchiness and moisture; add lime or orange juice for color contrast. 23. Microwave edamame instead of water or broth and puree for easier blending. 24. Swap out heavy whipping cream for softened curd, sour cream for Greek yogurt and replace butter for margarine.