Wellness Wednesdays: The “Mother” of all super foods!

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Photo: thecaloriebee.com

Many say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” but what about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar which will do that and thensome?

Peace Soulstars,

Before the whole acv (apple cider vinegar) craze my mother has been the main pusher of taking acv for EVERYTHING.  lol…It’s actually a recurring joke in my household that anytime anything hurts or you get any kind of ailment my mother insists that you “Get the vinegar!”  “The vinegar” without a doubt being apple cider vinegar with the “mother” in it.  The “mother” is a filmy looking matter that contains enzymes and nutrients that make acv beyond amazing in treating your body good.  Over 15 years ago (and beyond) my mother has been such an advocate for taking acv as a natural remedy for everything from high blood pressure to body aches and dental issues.  In fact, she is the natural remedy queen so it’s inevitable for me to have become a natural healer myself.  What can I say?  It’s in my dna!

I can honestly say that for the past six years I have been flu free despite maybe a bout of a cold here and there.  When my family gets sick we  never take over the counter medicine.  We stick to natural remedies that are highly unlikely to cause unpleasant side effects.  If I ever do get sick, it’s happens when I haven’t been taking my apple cider vinegar regularly.  I went a whole two years during grad school with no illnesses and I was stressed beyond measure.  I can only attribute it to my vitamins and acv tea which I drank almost daily during that time.  Oh yeah, and I haven’t had a flu shot since I was pregnant with my daughter which was over ten years ago!  ACV is a staple in my household for stomach issues, colds/flu prevention and treatment and I’ve also cured a wart my daughter had by using acv topically.

I like variety because I get bored easily so I use it in different ways.  The apple walnut salad from yesterday’s post includes an apple cider vinegar based salad dressing.  One of my favorites is a tea that I make from 2 tablespoons (1 tablespoon for newbies) of apple cider vinegar with raw honey and cinnamon.  If I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll add some ginger and freshly squeezed lemon juice to the mix.  I’ve also been brave enough to take a tablespoon of acv straight and chase it with a cup of water but it’s not for the fainthearted.  I can attest to many of the health benefits and I’m open to trying other ways to add acv to my daily routine.   For more acv info click here , here, and here!

Love and light,

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Foodie Tuesdays: Sausage and Kale Soup!

 

Winter is around the corner, days are “shorter”, Christmas shopping during the week doesn’t allow for much cooking time in the evening but you have to make dinner.  You want something healthy but also something with flavor that will fill you up.  This soup right here is one of my favorites to have in the fall and winter months especially.  Not only is it comfort food but it’s quick and easy to make.  Only change I make to the recipe is that I use turkey or chicken sausage instead of pork.  Check out the recipe here.

Foodie Tuesdays: Vegetarian chili!

 

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Peace Soulstars,

It’s getting colder!  You know what that means…This type of weather calls for comfort food.  Soup that is!  Okay, well actually chili but it is comfort food.  I don’t eat red meat and love this vegetarian version.  So, I thought I’d share my favorite go-to chili recipe from all recipes here!

Love and Light,

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Foodie Tuesdays: Chia Seed Pudding Recipe!

Recipe of the day : chia seed pudding

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Chia seed pudding and berry parfait

Peace Soulstars,

Thought I’d share a recipe for chia seed pudding that is quick, easy, and versatile because it can be eaten anytime of the day.  Chia seeds are a high fiber and protein food with a plethora of Omega 3’s so you can’t go wrong with them!  You can always substitute as needed.  This is what works for me!  Here is the recipe I use:

1 can of organic coconut milk (or almond milk)

1/4 cup of chia seeds

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

1 tsp (approximately) vanilla extract

1 pinch himalayan pink salt

Add 1/4 cup of chia seeds to 1 can of organic coconut milk in a separate container/glass mason jar (preferably).  Stir well to distribute chia seeds. Add 2 tablespoons of 100% maple syrup, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1 pinch of himalayan pink salt.  Stir ingredients well.  Seal the container or mason jar.  Refrigerate overnight or at least for 1 hour.

Add berries or other fruit, and/or granola that you prefer.  Enjoy! You can always layer ingredients after starting with one layer of chia seed pudding added to the bottom of a glass as shown in the picture to make a parfait.  Be creative because you can do a lot with chia seeds.  The more creative the better because it will allow you to be versatile and encourage you to make them a part of your regular diet.

Love and Light,

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Superfood Wednesdays: Mushrooms!

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Health Benefits of Mushrooms

  • Lowers elevated cholesterol levels
  • Improves bone density
  • Regulates insulin levels
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Improves immune function
  • High in iron, antioxidants, Vitamins B2, B3, and D
  • Contributes to body’s alkalinity

Peace Soulstars,

Mushrooms are a fave of mine as noted in the previous post.  If you’re not a fan you may want to skip this post altogether unless you’re feeling adventurous.  If not, no worries.  Everything ain’t for everybody.  So, I decided to discuss the health benefits of the star of Tuesday’s recipe.  Portobello Mushrooms.  I believe different types have different properties but I’m just speaking about mushrooms in general today.  They’re fresh on my mind because I’ve been using them frequently.

I wanted to share the wealth of knowledge I’m acquiring about different foods and their health benefits.  At the end of the day what we eat is either contributing to or preventing disease.  Not sure about you but I’m all about prevention.  I’m not about that conventional medicine life nor am I a fan of always being in the doctor’s office.  With that said as pictured above mushrooms have quite the resume in the healthy department.  The simple fact that it strengthens the immune system and is an alkaline food is good enough for me because the more alkaline your body is the less susceptible to developing disease you are.  Not only are mushrooms healthy but they are so versatile.

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Pictured: Fritatta with mushrooms
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Pictured: Mushroom pesto pizza with sauteed kale
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Pictured: Warm mushroom salad

I love them in and with just about anything during anytime of the day.  Mushrooms can be incorporated in every meal.  I’ve had them in my breakfast frittatas and omelets, for lunch in salads or stir fry and for dinner as I have made a pesto mushroom pizza with kale.  The possibilities are endless! Enjoy exploring new ways to incorporate this superfood into your lifestyle.  If you have any tips or other ways you incorporate mushrooms into your meals please share the love in the comments!

Love and Light,

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