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Healthy Yet Spicy Foods to Try

By Brandi Goodman 

If you're a fan of spicy foods, then National Hot and Spicy Food Day celebrated in August is for you. Plenty of spicy foods are also unhealthy because of what's all included in the meal. There are numerous healthy options, however, that you can try if you want to get your fix.

Sriracha Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

A head of medium cauliflower contains around 11 grams of protein. Use it to make sriracha buffalo bites that closely resemble the common chicken option you might otherwise choose. There's fewer calories and more fiber. Cauliflower florets, hot sauce, sriracha sauce, extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, lemon juice, and a bit of butter is all you need for this spicy recipe.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

A vegetarian chili option is perfect for when the fall and winter months arrive and you want something hearty. You can still get your spicy fix by adding cumin, chili powder, and ground chipotle chili. You'll get plenty of fiber and vitamins from this dish. Black beans, diced tomatoes, sweet potatoes, lime juice, cilantro, water, and garlic combine with the spices to make a filling meal.

Tex-Mex Summer Squash Casserole

Summer squash is often mild in taste. Spice it up by adding jalapenos and chiles to this Tex-Mex casserole dish. One serving is low in calories yet high in protein, folate, Vitamin A, and potassium. Summer squash, yellow onion, green chiles, jalapenos, unbleached flour, mild salsa, and cheese make up this casserole.

Spicy Turkey Burgers With Pickled Onions

Turkey is a great substitute for beef because it is lower in fat and calories. This healthier meat can be spiced up and made into a delicious burger topped with pickled onions to really hit the spicy spot. Allspice, ground cumin, and ground chipotle pepper should be added to the burger mixture for a tangy taste. Serve on whole wheat buns to keep the calorie content even lower and the recipe healthy.

You can still enjoy your spice while eating healthy. You just need to choose foods that are more beneficial to consume and be sure to keep sodium and fat content to a minimum. National and Hot Spicy Day is a great time to try some new recipes, or you can enjoy your spiced up options any other time of the year you have a craving. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Santee, Calif.

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