No rigid rules, labels or dogmas.... just REAL food, for your body, mind & soul!
When most people think about eating healthy, they immediately jump to the conclusion that it is going to be boring and unsustainable; that they will have to settle for little food and plain salads, but that is not true if you add spices and bold flavors to your food.
With every meal we are presented an opportunity for change, sometimes it’s a simple starting over, or perhaps eating more greens, either way, we have to forget all the garbage that we’ve heard all these years and focus on what truly makes us feel good and give us the most energy.
I want to share with you my five personal all-time favorite spices and herbs, which I have incorporated into my life. No matter what I eat; it increases the nutrients and brightens the dish with mouthwatering flavors and satisfying results.
Here is the list:
Turmeric: it’s a native South Asia spice but also very popular, grown, and consumed as one of the primary spices all over Brazil, where people cook them with rice, soups, poultry and as a natural remedy because of its strong anti-inflammatory agent .
The main nutrient in turmeric is cur cumin and it has received attention in the media because researchers are interested in its potential in fighting many diseases. It is loaded with iron and manganese and moderate levels of vitamin B6 and potassium.
Ever since I was a little girl, whenever I had a sore throat, my mom would make me a paste of turmeric and honey. I had to eat a spoonful 3 times a day, it always worked like a charm, and in matter of days I was completely better. The paste is very easy; just mix 1/4cup of honey with a teaspoon of turmeric. I also eat this mixture as a salad dressing, here is the recipe:
Turmeric Salad Dressing
The paste mentioned above
2 Tablespoon of Extra virgin olive oil
Juice of one lemon
¼ cup spicy brown mustard
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
Sea salt to taste
In a mini food processor:
3 Bulbs of garlic (peel the skin off and chop in chunks)
1-2 tablespoon of sea salt
1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Blend well and store it in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 7 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
I use the paste as a base for many of the dishes I make, including salad dressings, soups and many more.
Aromatic, pungent and spicy classifies the distinct flavor of ginger. It has the power to kick up many dishes; the health benefit of this simple root goes from relieving nausea, refreshing bad breath, to preventing diseases like ovarian cancer. It’s a very potent anti-inflammatory. I often use it to make juices, sautéed vegetables, and baked chicken and herbal teas.
Citrus ginger tea
as you prepare the following ingredients:
1 inch of fresh ginger (To remove the skin from fresh mature ginger, peel with a paring knife, and in this case zest the ginger using a micro plane grater).
Juice of lemon
Juice of an orange
2 tablespoons of honey
Place all the ingredients in a teapot and when the water boils, transfer it to the teapot and let it steep for 5-10 minutes. Before drinking, make sure to strain all the remaining pieces.
For iced tea, just place it in the refrigerator and it will be chilled and ready to serve after 1-2 hours.
Fresh Mint: When I think of mint, the first thing that comes to mind is something refreshing, aromatic and sweet. It is known for its abilities to sooth the digestive track and reduces stomach aches. Mint leaves eliminate toxins from the body and when included in the diet on a regular basis, it eliminates bacteria and fungus too. Fresh mint contains a number of vitamins and minerals which are vital to maintain a healthy body. It is rich in Vitamins A and C and also contains smaller amounts of Vitamin B2.
My favorite way to consume this amazing herb is by brewing as a tea, but I have fallen in love with it in this summer drink that will blow your mind! It is so simple to make and will make you want more!
Watermelon Mint Juice
Better made with a juicer, but a blender can work if you strain all the pulp out.
3 cups chopped watermelon
5 string mint
Run through the juicer and serve it over ice. The same goes for a blender, mix everything together and add ¼ cup to ½ cup water to help the blades blend and serve it.
Prepare your quinoa as directed (which is a seed packed with protein with a nutty taste and chewy texture, it can be found in your health food store and in most grocery stores) the prefect replacement for bulgur which is wheat.
In a bowl
1 whole bunch of cilantro finely chopped
3 strings of fresh mint finely chopped
1 medium cucumber chopped
¼ cup chopped red onion
2 medium tomatoes chopped
1 chopped jalapeno (optional)
¼ of avocado( optional)
1 cup of cooked quinoa
Half a cup of lemon plus the zest all one lemon
1 tablespoon of my garlic paste or 2 cloves of minced fresh garlic
2/3 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons sea salt
Mix it all together and serve cold with hummus and pita bread, but for a healthier option you can wrap it in lettuce leaves.