It's really not just about flavor. Spicing up your clean and healthy food can be a great way to break up the boredom, but also benefit your health and BOOST your metabolism. As many of you already know, I like to spend my Sunday nights preparing my 20 lbs of chicken breasts for the coming week. How do I prepare it? Well, I grill it after I spend overnight Saturday "marinating" it. My favorite foods in the whole world are Italian (DUH!), Jamaican and Haitian. And that, my friends, is how I usually prep my chicken and fish for the week. I have a killer Jerk chicken recipe that puts my Jamaican brothers and sisters to shame--No Joke! So, what I like to do is prepare my chicken with a variety of flavors. I make some with Jerk seasonings and some with Barbecue seasonings, while I also leave others untouched.
By the way, you can use the Heinz "reduced sugar" ketchup to make a great barbecue sauce.
Moving on, a recent study revealed that there may be some incredible health benefits to marinating your food.
A new study at The University of Western Ontario finds the sauces you use when firing up the barbecue may also provide a rich source of antioxidants. The research, led by Western biology and psychology postdoctoral fellow Raymond Thomas, shows common marinades may be more than just tasty sauces - they can also provide a major source of natural antioxidants.
Foods rich in antioxidants play an essential role in preventing cardiovascular diseases, cancers, neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, inflammation and problems associated with cutaneous aging.
The study went on to say that diverse processing methods during manufacture, length of marinating time and exposure to various modes of cooking can significantly alter the antioxidant status of these products and, consequently, the amount of antioxidants available to consumers. That's why, in addition to marinating, it may also be good to use the same sauce to brush and accent the food AFTER you grill it.
Remember, also, that spicy "hot" seasonings can BOOST your metabolic rate. Although it may not be a whole lot, a few more calories burned are better BURNED than on my abs :)
Okay, let's get busy and start grilling our clean chicken every Sunday night with some tasty, hot and spicy, marinades.
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