Sweet Potato Curry with Chickpeas

This warming recipe is a spicy curry full of comforting, detoxifying spices. Sweet potatoes are packed with a ton of immune-boosting beta-carotene, which spinach can support cognition thanks to its high vitamin K and folate content. It also contains turmeric, a powerful anti-inflammatory food that can also fight plaques and free radicals in your brain.This is another transition recipe as it contains chickpeas.Ready in 40 minutes. Serves 8. 

Ingredients

  • ½ T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-6 oz box of baby spinach or baby kale
  • 2 x 15 oz cans of chickpeas
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, diced
  • 2 sweet potatoes, diced into ¼-inch cubes
  • ½ C frozen corn
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 5 celery sticks, diced
  • 7 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 T minced ginger
  • 2 heaping Ts of curry powder
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 1 x 30 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 x 15 oz can light coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, onion, carrots, celery and bell peppers and sauté for 8 minutes, stirring often until the onions are see-through.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, corn, spinach or baby kale, and curry powder. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add in the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for around 30 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender.

What You Put On Your Skin Matters

…just as much as what you eat! It’s crazy to think that most dermatologists will tell you exactly the opposite. They treat the skin from the outside and they will provide you with solutions that can contain harsh chemicals that make your body even more toxic.

The average woman uses about 12 beauty products as part of her regime, and within them may lurk thousands of toxic chemicals like parabens, phthalates, synthetic colors, formaldehyde… Yes, and a lot of those chemicals are banned in Europe. In the US, 8 chemicals found in cosmetics were banned, 1,300 were banned in Europe. We drew the short straw.

So let’s replace all those toxins with something that’s good for your body. Natural, pure beauty products that are good for your skin, just like the food you eat (right?). Healthy choices. Luxurious food for your skin. Organic moisturizer. Natural makeup. Wonderful options made with your health and beauty in mind. 

Linden Tea Benefits

Hello! How are you? Good, I hope. Today I’d like to introduce you to or remind you about linden tea, or lime flower tea. It is also called tilo in South America. Linden tea is existing because it has been used for centuries, yet it is just coming back into view as an alternative to regular tea and coffee. It has a pleasant, sweet, fairly strong yet delicate floral taste. Here are some of its benefits:

  • Provides antioxidants and other health-promoting compounds like polysaccharides and amino acids
  • Can help to reduce anxiety
  • Supports detoxification and digestive health
  • Could help reduce blood pressure
  • May help to reduce pain and inflammation

Be sure to stick to a moderate intake of no more than 3-4 cups per day of linden tea, and avoid it if you’re pregnant. People taking diuretics or medications with lithium in them should avoid this tea. And those with a history of heart disease should also be precautious. If this is you, ask you physician before trying it.    

Affordable Skincare

How can you keep your skin healthy without spending a fortune on cleansers and other beauty products? Here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Do as much as you can to support your skin from within. Exercise (when physician-approved) and sweat regularly, get great sleep, eat right, drink lots of water, fix gut imbalance, eat an omega-3-rich diet and lower stress levels
  2. Choose your skincare products very carefully. Don’t spend a lot on a product you haven’t spot tested and investigated. You should recognize all the ingredients on the label of the products you put on your skin. You should be able to read them. And they shouldn’t be very expensive. 

Vietnamese “Noodle” Salad with Herby Grilled Steak & Peaches

This is a special meal you could prepare for an event or gathering. Please don’t feel overwhelmed by the long ingredient list. Simple recipes are for the day to day. That’s why this one is for a special occasion or when you feel like serving something a little more fancy. It can be ready in an hour, and serves 4-6. If you don’t have a spiralizer, use a peeling tool to make thin slices instead for the cucumber noodles.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs grass-fed flank steak
  • Sea salt and black pepper to season
  • 3 peaches or nectarines
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • ¼ C fish sauce
  • ⅓ C apple juice
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, minced
  • 1 t minced fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ C minced fresh cilantro leaves
  • 6 C crunchy lettuce (e.g. romaine), chopped
  • 3 cucumbers, spun into noodles with a spiralizer
  • 1 C chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 C chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • ⅔ C chopped cashews

Instructions

  1. Bring the steak to room temperature, then season both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat your grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Grill the steak to medium-rare, about 10 minutes on one side, then 2 minutes on the other side.
  4. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Grill the peaches for about 2 minutes each side, being careful not to let them burn. Transfer the peaches to a plate.
  6. While the steak is cooking, make your dressing by combining the lime juice, fish sauce, apple juice, jalapeño pepper, ginger, garlic, and cilantro in a bowl.
  7. Slice the cooked steak thinly against the grain and place it in the dressing. Allow it to sit in the dressing for at least 20 minutes.
  8. On a platter, arrange the chopped lettuce at your first layer, then follow it with the cucumber noodles, steak, peaches, the fresh herbs, scallions and finally the cashews.
  9. Just before serving, top the salad with the remaining dressing. 

How To Stop Diarrhea

Here’s how to stop diarrhea with natural remedies:

  1. Eat lightly: The more food you consume, the harder your gut has to work. Eat simple whole grains, apples, banana and rice the first few days.
  2. Take some flaxseed oil, which has been proven to reduce how long diarrhea lastsk
  3. Drink a small amount of honey and ginger tea.
  4. Stay hydrated with herbal tea, bone broth and coconut water
  5. Rest: lay down and read a book or meditate. Keep screens out of your rest area for best results because they can be stimulating.
  6. Take aloe vera juice, probiotics and digestive enzymes.

Rosehip Oil Vs. Coconut oil: Which is Better for Skin?

What a close contest!! It’s hard to find anything that’s better for your skin than coconut oil. Rosehip oil is made from the seeds of rose hips, which are the rose fruits left behind after a plant has flowered and dropped its petals.

It works to protect your skin and increases cell turnover because it contains beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A, as well as vitamin C and E, which all have antioxidant properties that help fight free radicals. IT is also rich in healthy fats, like palmitic, linoleic and oleic acids. It can help correct dark spots, reduce scars and fine lines, hydrate dry, itchy skin and help with eczema. If you come across it and you can, be sure to pick some up. 

Fisetin: An Antioxidant for Healthy Aging and More

Fisetin is a flavonoid found in strawberries and other fruits and vegetables. It may work to prevent the replication of damaged DNA and that means it supports healthy aging and fights chronic disease. It may also reduce inflammation, have anti-cancer properties, and boost heart health. Sound good? It can be easily mixed into a smoothie with strawberries and coconut milk, for example. Check out fisetin supplements. 

Ever Had Invert Sugar?

Hello! Invert sugar is a soluble form of sugar that easily dissolves in liquids. It is used to sweeten beverages and other food products like candies. At the end of the day, though, it’s still sugar and many of us are dealing with sugar addiction and health problems caused by eating processed foods that contain sugar. So is invert sugar on my list of recommended sugars? Certainly not. Instead, try monk fruit, xylitol, erythritol and stevia.  

Recipe: Skinny Chicken Florentino

This is soul food, comfort food, and I think it’s more than fine without the pasta and cream. What do you think? Make it this week and let me know what you think. It’s ready in 50 minutes and serves 4.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breasts, sliced in bite size pieces
  • Onion and garlic powder to season the chicken
  • 1 T butter
  • 4 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • ½ C small onion, chopped
  • 2 C baby spinach
  • 6 oz 1% milk
  • ½ C grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 C cherry tomatoes
  • ½ t sea salt
  • 1 C bib lettuce leaves
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Fresh basil leaves chopped for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, drizzle over medium-high heat the olive oil and sauté the onions for 1 minute. Season the chicken with the onion and garlic powder. Add that to the onions and sauté until partly cooked.
  2. Add the garlic, butter and tomatoes. When the chicken is cooked completely, after around 5 minutes, add the milk, cheese and top with the spinach. Cover with a lid.
  3. Wati 1 minute and then mix thoroughly. Pour this mixture over the bed of lettuce, then squeeze the lemon over that and top with parmesan cheese shavings and chopped basil.