What’s my morning routine like? I’m actually one of those rare people that wakes up way earlier than is necessary and just putzes around my apartment. That doesn’t mean I’m productive, though! I just hate being rushed. My morning workout sometimes hits the wayside, but breakfast is one of the things I never go without!
Alright guys, I’m so proud of this recipe because it turned out beautifully the first time I made it which, let’s be honest, NEVER HAPPENS. This lentil-pecan loaf is the perfect meatless alternative to regular meatloaf, and it’s loaded with veggies, herbs, and amazingness. Perfect for a family get-together when you want to offer something that will appeal to both the vegetarians in the crowd and anyone looking for a yummy new recipe to try!
Just in time for spring, this smoothie is refreshing, crisp, and minty good! Stinging nettle is one of those herbs that is viewed as a nuisance in the wild due to its sting that seems to linger in the skin whenever you get stung by it! Although it may be annoying, this is just the plants natural defense against herbivores and people like, well, ME! Just make sure to wear gloves and long sleeves and pants when handling. After you wash them off and blend them, you don’t have to worry about them stinging your mouth! You can often find them in rich, moist soils in the woods or along woodland edges, and they can also be abundant in floodplains.
Vegetable spiralizers are on the rage lately… and with good reason! These fun little wizards can turn any vegetables into ‘noodles’ to be used in place of pasta. You can also use them to thinly slice carrots for salads, or cut sweet potatoes to make crispy baked fries! There are so many options that the possibilities are endless. One of my favorite ways to eat them are by placing them in soups! I had some of my dad’s canned tomato juice sitting in my cupboard, and I thought, “What the heck- let’s cook em up in that!” DELICIOUS. If you like the taste of fresh tomatoes, this is a recipe for you!
When we think of salmon, we often think of it as this marvelous fish that packs a healthy punch of omega-3 fatty acids. While this is definitely true, it also provides our bodies with SO MUCH MORE. It contains high amounts of vitamin B12 (cobalamin), vitamin D, protein, and selenium. It also contains vitamin B3 (niacin), phosphorus, and other vitamins and minerals, so eat up! This recipe is simple to prepare and takes very little time. Perfect for a weeknight meal for the family or a weekend dinner… with a little wine.. some chocolate covered strawberries… If you catch my drift. 😉
There’s a reason many herbalists rave about Fire Cider come the fall and winter months. This folk remedy has a reputation for being able to stop a cold or flu in its tracks, if not prevent it entirely. This tonic is packed full of immune-boosting goodness, boasting anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties while acting as a decongestant and digestion stimulant.
The recipe for Fire Cider changes depending on the crafter, but it’s all relatively similar. I first learned about it from studying Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs book. It’s best to prepare this in the fall so it’s ready for the cold and flu season. However, this year I made it a day late and a cold short, but it’s still good to have around.
SCOBY is an acronym for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. Bacteria and yeast you say?? Gross! Be honest, how many of you had this as your initial reaction? I know I did at first! Luckily for us, this colony of bacteria and yeast is a powerhouse of gut-busting awesomeness packed into a flavorful, easy to make beverage! We have all heard about how our guts have good bacteria and bad bacteria. The good bacteria in our guts, also referred to as gut microbiota, are the living microbes in our intestines that keeps our digestive system running smoothly. Not only do they help with digesting certain foods, but they also can help create B and K vitamins, fight off invasive organisms, and maintain a healthy, thriving gut that allows our immune systems to function properly, keeping us healthy all year long! However, with the heavy emphasis on processed, convenient foods in America and your ever nagging social life, it can be hard to keep the beneficial bacteria abundant and thriving when all these bad microbiota have the chance to invade and take over. When this balance gets corrupted, you may start to suffer from conditions such as irritabel bowel syndrome, allergies, weight gain, lethargy, intestinal distress, and other uncomfortable bowel disorders.