I experiment with food combinations with an enthusiasm that has often horrified my friends and relatives. Sometimes the more unusual combinations are quite tasty, and only sound awful. Sometimes they are just awful. I also browse the Dekalb Farmer's market, and the various ethnic specialty grocery stores in metro Atlanta for new ingredients, and follow studies in the scientic press on possible beneficial (or detrimental) effects of various food components.
Lately I decided to add more hot peppers to my diet, based on studies indicating that capsicain, the chemical which makes hot pepper hot, might lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Since I'm drinking a lot of smoothies these days, I decided to try a smoothie with habanero pepper (for breakfast, no less!)
Here's what I came up with. It was actually quite tasty.
1 medium tomato
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 cups soy milk
1 cup spinach
1/4 habenero with seeds
1 T flax seeds
1 T chia seeds
1 T walnuts
1 t cinnamon
I ground the dry ingredients (flax seed, chia seed, walnuts) first, then added the other ingredients and blend until smooth. By my standards, it's hot, but not blazingly hot. If your tolerance for heat is lower, you could try using less habanero, or subsitute a milder pepper.