Turn up the heat with these hot, yummy snack ideas
Research shows that eating hot peppers with capsaicin, like jalapeño and cayenne, can boost your calorie burn for a few hours. These snacks all have the compound.
TAKE A DIP
Smoky chili melds with sweet-and-sour key lime in this 15-calorie-a-serving salsa. Yum! Frontera Mango Key Lime Salsa; $4.50 for 16 oz
There are two servings of veggies in each bottle of this jazzed juice. Great over ice — or in a Bloody mary. Spicy Hot V8; $1.69 for 12 oz
CURLS WITH A KICK
In the words of a teary-eyed editor: “Oh, baby, it burns — in a good way.” Michael Season’s Baked Hot Chili Cheese Curls; $2.99 per bag
Often, flavored nuts are overloaded with salt and sugar. These dry-roasted cashews have a piquant punch, a citrusy tang, and that’s it. Chili Lime Yumnuts; $5.25 per bag
Oh sure, they look innocent, but beware: The habanero powder hidden in these soft, sweet, chewy treats gives them a powerful punch. As in, you’ll-think-your-head’s-melting-off kinda powerful. Cowgirl Chocolates Buckin’ Hot Habanero Caramels; $19 per half pound
They’re a low-calorie, low-fat snack with a cult following: crunchy, garlicky dills with a generous splash of Louisiana’s famous fiery sauce. Tabasco Spicy Dill With Garlic Pickles; $3.50 per jar
SUGAR ‘N’ SPICE
Dip fruit into this thai-inspired mix: In a small bowl, combine about one third of a cup of sugar, a big pinch of salt, and about two teaspoons of chili powder. It gives a wonderful depth to mango, watermelon, and, especially, pineapple.