Staff Pick of the Week: Hot Sauce

Do you ever want to spice up your life a little? And by life, VALLEY really means food! Yes, we’re talking about hot sauce. Whether your sauce of choice is Sriracha, Frank’s Red Hot or Cholula, you can’t go wrong with putting any of these options on your food. Hot sauce is made from all different kinds of peppers, including cayenne, jalapeño, habanero and chili, just to name a few. So, if you haven’t found your favorite sauce to use, there are many flavors and different peppers to try!

Hot sauce can be used for so much more than just your buffalo wings. It’s versatility and diverse flavors make it good on just about anything. Eggs, vegetables, sandwiches and even soup — you name it and you can probably put hot sauce on it.

Not only is hot sauce a flavorful condiment, but spicy foods have been found to have health benefits as well. Have you ever had a stuffy nose and then ate something spicy? Your sinuses will instantly be cleared. According to the American Chemical Society, chili peppers are a heart-healthy food with the potential to protect against heart disease. Peppers can help reduce bloating and even help you sweat out toxins.  In addition, jalapeños contain vitamin C, and one ounce of this pepper actually makes up 66 percent of your daily vitamin C intake.

If you’re watching your food intake, have no fear, because hot sauce contains zero calories. Sounds a little too good to be true.

VALLEY has a three easy and delicious ways to use hot sauce to help you add a little zest to your meals.

1. Mix hot sauce and mayo to stir into tuna or chicken salad

2. Combine hot sauce and ketchup to use on burgers and French fries

3. Toss your chicken wings in buffalo sauce and bake in the oven for an easy snack

Tag us on Twitter @VALLEYmag to show us your favorite way to use hot sauce.


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