The holidays and good food are a couple forever. You will definitely enjoy these delicious, spicy chicken wings! You can enjoy plenty of good food and not have to worry about blowing a hole through your meal plan. Just eat smart.
Here are 3 tips to follow as you eat this 4th of July:
1. Get full on protein foods first. Chicken would definitely qualify. It will help you eat less of the condiments, desserts and other high-fat foods. Protein helps control your blood sugar if you happen to eat carbohydrates. Protein also fills you up for longer (because of longer digestion) and leaves you satisfied on fewer calories.
2. Drink plenty of water. It will help you avoid sugary drinks loaded with calories. About 2/3 of your body is water. Drink about half your weight in water every day. So, if you weigh 160 pounds, drink 80 ounces of water each day. Drinking water can help you eat less. And, its important to stay hydrated in the hot weather. If you feel thirsty, you are dehydrated.
Water also helps your body flex muscles, remove wastes, cushion joints, carry nutrients and oxygen to your cells and helps convert food into energy.
3. Drink alcohol in moderation. When you take a drink of alcohol, your body converts a small amount of it into fat and the rest is converted by the liver into a substance called acetate. This acetate is then quickly released into the bloodstream and used as the body's main source of energy.
So, your body is using the acetate for energy instead of the stored fat in your body. The more you drink, the more fat your body will store (many times belly fat)! Added to this problem is the fact that alcohol consumption can increase your appetite.
Here are the ingredients for the Spicy Wings:
- 1 lb. chicken wings (about 6 wings), cleaned, defatted, rinsed, and drained
- 3 Tbsp. walnut oil (if non-Paleo, you can use extra virgin olive oil instead)
- 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
- 1 Tbsp. paprika
- 2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp. salt (omit if Paleo)
Here are some other Fat Burning Foods for you.......Enjoy and have a safe holiday!