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If you’re one of those people who like your foods hot and spicy, you can feel good in knowing that this is actually a healthy habit. That’s because chili peppers, the plant that puts the fire in your food, offers a host of surprising health benefits.

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Capsaicin is the element medical professionals find most intriguing about chiles. Known for its natural pain relieving properties, capsaicin is an active ingredient in many topical remedies for arthritis and muscle pain on drug stores shelves.

Capsaicin also has legendary anti-inflammatory properties and is currently being studied as a treatment for a variety of sensory nerve fiber disorders.

Beyond pain relief, capsaicin stimulates secretions that help clear mucus from congested noses and lungs and can help prevent stomach ulcers and prostate cancer.

Eating hot chiles can even increase your metabolism, help you lose weight, and lower your risk for Type II diabetes. Add hot chiles to your meals and you can significantly lower the amount of insulin required to lower your blood sugar levels after eating.

Turn up the heat for your health

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Chilis can even help you burn more calories as all that heat you feel takes energy to produce. Eating hot chilis (or even mild red peppers for that matter) results in thermogenesis – an increase in heat and oxygen use – meaning your body will be burning more calories immediately after consuming them and for over 20 minutes after.

There are tons of varieties of chilis – almost as many as there are cannabis strains. Have fun experimenting to find types with the right heat levels and flavors for you. One good thing about all that heat is that it can help mask some of marijuana’s green herbal taste.

Since most spicy chili dishes also have a lot of other elements coming together, this usually takes care of covering any lingering unwanted flavors.

 The hotter the chili pepper, the more capsaicin it contains, and red chilis seem to have even more health properties than green, although both are good for you.

So next time your significant other tells you to turn down the heat, just them you are only doing it for your health!

1. Mexican Hot Chocolate

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Rich, spicy, and elegant, this hot chocolate is one of our favorite indulgences. And it’s not just for winter – we drink it year-round. For extra glam, top it with whipped cream and serve it with a cinnamon stick for stirring.

Check out the recipe here.

2. Spiced Nuts

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Sweet, spicy, and salty, these nuts will call to you day and night. Store them in an airtight container – although they won’t last long.

Check out the recipe here.

3. Super Cannabowl Chili

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Serve up some steaming bowls of chili, find a couch and enjoy. This chili will make you feel like you are in the game.

Check out the recipe here.

4. Jalapeno Hot Poppers

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It’s not just the jalapenos that get popped in these hot little bad boys!

Check out the recipe here.

5. Oven-Roasted Chicken Thighs with Green Chili Sauce

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We have a secret to share: chicken thighs are the unsung heroes of the poultry world. They’re inexpensive, very difficult to overcook, and have lots more flavor than a chicken breast.

Check out the recipe here.

6. 

Ganja Nachos

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These Tex-Mex nachos will have you flying! Exactly what you’re looking for in nachos: chips, cheese, and THC.

Check out the recipe here.

7. Jalapeno Mac and Cheese

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This ultra creamy Mac and Cheese with just the right hint of spice makes for the ultimate comfort food entrée.

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups cannabutter
  • 3 large jalapenos, 2 finely chopped and 1 thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 4 ounces pepper Jack cheese, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Topping

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 
1 cup panko bread crumbs

How to

  1. Set an oven rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until al dente, about 5 minutes. Strain, reserving 1 3/4 cups of the pasta water. Set strained pasta and reserved water aside.
  3. Melt the cannabutter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped jalapenos to the saucepan and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes; transfer to a small bowl and reserve.
  4. Add the half-and-half to the saucepan. Cook over medium heat until it just comes to a simmer. Continue simmering until the half-and-half is reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 10 minutes. Add the cream cheese and stir until melted.
  5. Whisk in the Cheddar and Pepper Jack until all the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Stir in the macaroni and reserved pasta water until mixture is well combined. Season with cayenne, salt, and pepper. Don’t worry if things look soupy, the macaroni will absorb lots of sauce as it bakes.
  6. Pour into a 13×9 inch baking dish.
  7. Mix the panko crumbs with the melted butter, spread an even thin layer of bread crumbs over the top of the pan. Arrange jalapeno slices on top of the breadcrumbs. Bake until filling is bubbly and the topping is lightly browned – about 20 minutes.
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