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Sipping These 3 Chili Powder-Infused Drinks Helps Boost Your Health and Mood

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As the weather continues to warm up, you’ll need some tasty drinks to beat the heat without packing on the calories. Luckily, these refreshing drinks are spiked with fiery chili powder to help you look and feel your all-time best!

How Chili Powder Fast Tracks Weight Loss

Speeds metabolism: Capsaicin, the compound that gives chili powder its powerful kick, prods the body to start burning calories for body heat. And University of Maryland scientists say that raises metabolism by 25 percent for three hours — the calorie burn equivalent of going for a 40-minute walk.

Erases headaches: Enjoying a chili powder–spiked drink at the first sign of a headache can reduce pain by 50 percent within 10 minutes, according to investigators at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. That’s because capsaicin has been shown to block the pain receptors in the brain that are thought to trigger head pain.

Improves mood: A drink with a spicy kick can soothe rattled nerves and usher in happiness in as little as two minutes, say researchers at the University of Texas at Austin. The reason? Capsaicin kick-starts the production of endorphins, sending a rush of feel-good hormones to the brain.

Chili Mango Slush

Chili Mango Slush
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup mango chunks
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Tajin seasoning
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder

Directions:

In blender, puree all ingredients and 1 cup ice until smooth; divide among 2 glasses. If desired, top with additional Tajin seasoning. Makes 2 servings.

Spiced Virgin Mary Sip

Spiced Virgin Mary Sip
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Pinch of celery salt

Directions:

In ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients; shake. Strain into 2 glasses. Makes 2 servings.

Grapefruit Lime Spritzer

Grapefruit Lime Spritzer
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Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon chili powder
  • Lime seltzer water

Directions:

In shaker, combine first 3 ingredients; strain into glasses. Top with seltzer. Makes 2 servings.

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.

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