Using natural sugars like honey and maple syrup are incredibly better for your body and your immune system. Although vinegar may not be for everyone (like my candida clients), balsamic vinegar provides a nice sweet/tangy component to foods. Reducing it alone will give you a glaze that will add even more sweet/tanginess to whatever you're eating. I like to drizzle some on tomatoes with basil and maybe some buffalo mozzarella. Here is a nice dressing that can be used over a green salad or reduced down into a glaze for fish or chicken.
Chia seeds are an amazing little tool to have in your cupboard. Chia Seeds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients With Very Few Calories. They are loaded with antioxidants, almost all the carbs in them are fiber and when combined with their very high quality protein, they are ideal for those who may want to lose weight. And let's not forget about the Omega-3 fatty acids. Chia Seeds are definitely a super food.
It's that time of season again. We're carving pumpkins, but this year I don't want you to throw out all that great goodness -- the seeds. Also known as pepitas, pumpkin seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients as they are high in magnesium and other minerals like iron, zinc and copper. They are high in antioxidants, beneficial fats, helps to control blood sugar, improve the immune system and may even help to improve sperm quality.
Lemons are rich in vitamin C with helps to boost your immune system and this is essential not just for not catching colds and flues but also to manage stress more effectively. Stress flushes out Vitamin C so it’s needed in larger quantities during stressful periods. Raw apple cider vinegar feeds the good bacteria in the gut and since 80% of immune defences are located in the digestive system, this is crucial to keep it functioning optimally. Turmeric is one of the strongest anti-microbial and anti-fungal spices around. Makes: 1.5 cups (6 shots) Time: 5 minutes #protectyourself #detoxifyourself2020
Fire Cider is a popular herbal folk remedy. This raw infused vinegar gets its pleasant fiery kick from garlic, onion, ginger, hot peppers and horseradish! Once you try it, you won’t be able to deny it’s warming, wonderful properties. We use it daily in Fall and Winter to stimulate digestion and boost the immune system, but it’s fine to use year-round if you need some support.
This recipe takes about 30 minutes to prepare, and about 1 month to steep!
Make this early in the season so you have it in your pantry!
This syrup is a lifesaver in my house. We take 1 teaspoon morning and evening from Fall through early Spring as a nourishing, immune supporter. Also, at the first sign of a sniffle or funky feeling in the throat, we start taking 1-3 teaspoons more of this crimson beauty daily until it passes. Elderberry is proven to reduce the duration of illness and help prevent it in the first place! Makes about 3 cups of alcohol-free syrup or 4 cups with alcohol. Time involved: 1 hour
In cold and flu season, we have a tendency to run to the nearest pharmacy and grab the latest OTC 'cure' to make us feel better. But do they really? Adding chemicals and pharmaceutical toxins into the body could have the opposite affect on your immune system. Research has shown that ibuprofen is one such culprit that can interfere with optimal antibody production needed for a strong immune system. (1) Prevention is the key and a yummy one at that. Incorporating healthy immune boosting tonics and teas regularly will help to strengthen your immune system and help soothe the body and recover faster. #protectyourself #detoxifyourself2020 #falldetox #stayhealthy
This addictive three-ingredient sauce can go on anything. Make a double batch and spoon the extras over just about any meat, your next grain bowl, or thin it out with a little extra vinegar and use it as a salad dressing.
Still with the soup theme this week I offer you a look at a twist on the traditional chicken soup but so much more. Adding fermented foods to your dishes incorporates many benefits including probiotics and several nourishing Miso is fermented paste made from barley, rice or soybeans, miso adds a nice umami flavour to dishes. It's bold, so a little goes a long way (which is good because it's also high in sodium). Miso is typically found in soups, but also makes salad dressings and marinades even more delicious and gut healthy.
I’m a holistic nutritionist and I transform health for a living. I work with adults who are overwhelmed and struggling with a desire to get healthy. They just want to keep it natural, but don’t know exactly how to do that. I give them the tools and guide them to transform their own health through nutrition and lifestyle adjustments while feeling completely supported, encouraged and motivated throughout their journey.