When you’re hit with a mid-day snack attack, turn up the heat on your tastebuds, and quell those cravings! Not only are spicy foods seriously good, they can be good for you too. Reaching for the spice rack can temporarily elevate your metabolism, and the vibrant flavors can keep you from over-snacking.
“Tastier foods are more satisfying than bland ones, which you tend to eat faster, and with less fulfillment,” David Heber, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, and director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition told WebMD. Plus, if you’re swapping fat and sugar for new spices, you’ll be introducing new flavors without adding extraneous calories. Healthy and hot, these eight snacks will make you give into your temptations.
1. Sriracha and Brown Sugar Almonds
Get your tongue tingling with this snack from Tasty Kitchen. It will have your mouth watering, and not only from the Sriracha. The brown sugar and soy sauce will give it an element of salty-sweetness — and, really, is there a better snacking combination than that?
- 1 cup raw shelled almonds
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1½ teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the almonds on a baking sheet in a single layer. Toast in the oven for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so until the almonds are toasted and fragrant. Remove from the oven and pour almonds onto a cold plate until the Sriracha sauce is done.
For the Sriracha and brown sugar sauce, put the brown sugar, Sriracha and soy sauce into a small saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer, stirring and heating just until the brown sugar is dissolved. Immediately pour it over the almonds and toss to coat the almonds. Spread on a sheet of parchment paper to cool.