Why Winter Is the Perfect Time to Buy Chilli

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Chilli is a great ingredient in so many dishes, both sweet and savoury. If you want to add a little spicey note to a sweet sauce then you should buy chilli. If you want to make a filling stew a little more three-dimensional then you should buy chilli. In fact, there are very few dishes that wouldn't benefit from a bit of chilli in them, especially during winter. Why during winter, you ask? Here are three reasons why chilli is so much better for you during the winter months and why you should stock up now.

Helps Medical Conditions Worsened by the Cold

One thing you may not know about chilli is that it is actually very healthy thanks to a compound called capsaicin. Capsaicin works wonders all over your body when you eat it and can even help ease pain in your arthritis and work as a decongestant if your nose is blocked due to a cold. Both of those common conditions are worse during the winter months, which is why it is always a good idea to keep a bit of chilli on hand as a natural remedy. At the very least, you get a lot more tasty food this way.

Gets You Awake and Ready to Go

The cold can be one of the biggest preventers for energy and enthusiasm when it comes to your work or just general day-to-day activities. Think about how many times you have simply not gone out to do a simple chore like mow the lawn or walk the dogs just because it was too cold. Eating something with a bit of chilli in it, even if it is something very simple like two-minute noodles, can help get you back on your feet quicker. Having a meal with chilli in it at lunch can help revitalise yourself for the afternoon!

Makes Meals More Interesting

A lot of the common meals people eat during winter, such as soups, stews, sandwiches and roasts, can all get a little boring as the months drag on. They are good, hearty meals and they give you a good balance of nutritious ingredients, but they don't inspire much joy after the third or fourth time. Why not buy chilli to see if a little spicey kick is what you need to look forward to Sunday lunch again? Experimenting with tried and true recipes is the only way to see if they are the best they could possibly be. 

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30 June 2020

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