Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits 

Every morning I drink either lemon water or apple cider vinegar water. It’s so important to hydrate your body first thing in the morning, and adding 1 tbsp. of ACV has so many amazing benefits. Check out my post about lemon water too if you’re interested!

  1. Promotes good bacteria due to probiotics
  2. Regulates pH
  3. Detoxifies the body
  4. Balances blood sugar levels
  5. Aids in weight loss
  6. Boost energy
  7. Clears sinuses + helps fight allergies
  8. Good facial toner (put on cotton pad and gently wipe on skin)
  9. Good hair conditioner (put in spray bottle and use as leave in conditioner)

Tomato Appreciation 

This year we planted and incredible variety of tomatoes in our garden! Over the summer I have gotten to enjoy the most amazing tomatoes of my life! So sweet, juicy and addictive.

Health benefits of tomatoes:

  • High in Vitamin C
  • Good for skin, high in beta carotene
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Improves bone health
  • Lowers risk of cardiovascular disease due to the antioxidant lycopene
  • Boost immunity

I made caprese salad with them! Check out my Instagram for more pictures!

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies 

I made these amazing chocolate chip cookies! They use whole, healthy ingredients and definitely satisfy a sweet tooth.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup organic butter or coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used dairy free)

Preheat oven: 350 degrees F

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar until creamy. Add egg and vanilla, combine. In a small mixing bowl, blend in flour, baking powder and salt. Combine with creamed mixture. Fold in chocolate chips (I usually start with 1/3 cup)

Form into balls, line greased sheet pan, bake: 10 mins

Enjoy!

 

 

Health Benefits of Raw Honey 

I love using raw honey as a sweetener instead of processed white sugar! I use it in my oatmeal, pancakes, tea, baking desserts and even using it as a nightly face cleanser. It is a versatile ingredients that has so many amazing health benefits. Raw honey is better than  processed honey because all the vitamins, nutrients and enzymes are all intact.

Health benefits of raw honey: 

  • Anti-viral and anti-fungal properties
  • Relieves cold and flu
  • Heals sore throats
  • Fights allergies
  • Boosts immune system
  • Improves digestion
  • Supports good bacteria
  • Promotes healthy skin

Detox tea: 

– 1/4 lemon, squeezed

– 1/2 inch ginger

– 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

– 1 tbsp. Raw honey

I love making this tea when I wake up in the morning or before bed. It is very soothing and creates a warming sensation. The honey gives it the perfect amount of sweetness.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread 

Dear reader, this is seriously the best banana bread I have ever made. I am so excited to share this recipe with you because it turned out amazingly! 🙂

I’ve been interested in baking lately so I went to Whole Foods and picked up some ingredients to make this delicious vegan banana bread. Here are the ingredients that you will need:

  • 2 + 1/2 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. almond milk
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup walnuts

1) Mash 2 and a half bananas – set aside

2) Combine coconut oil, coconut sugar, flour, baking soda, maple syrup, cinnamon and almond milk in a large mixing bowl

3) Add mashed bananas and stir until combined

4) Add chopped walnuts and dairy free chocolate chips

5) It should look something like this 🙂

6) Line a loaf pan with coconut oil and/or parchment paper

7) Fill and garnish the top – I added more chocolate chips, walnuts and the other half of the banana

8) Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and bake for 35-40 minutes

9) Cool completely before cutting and serving

10) Enjoy

Health benefits of spelt flour:

  • Good for digestion (soluble and insoluble fiber)
  • High in vitamin B6, niacin, manganese, folate and magnesium
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Supports immune health
  • Low gluten

Health benefits of coconut sugar:

  • Low glycemic index (slow absorption of sugar into the bloodstream)
  • Builds strong bones
  • Regulates blood sugar levels and blood pressure
  • Prevents and manages hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes
  • Supports brain health
  • Aids in weight management
  • 16 vital amino acids

 

Health Benefits of Tumeric, Onion and Garlic

Health benefits of tumeric:

  1. Anti inflammatory
  2. Protects against UVA damage
  3. Detoxifies the liver
  4. Lowers cholesterol
  5. Improves digestion
  6. Helps alleviate seasonal allergies

Health benefits of onions:

  1. Lowers blood pressure
  2. Relieves stomachaches
  3. Boosts immune system
  4. Antibacterial
  5. Lowers heart attack risks
  6. Helps treat asthma

Health benefits of garlic:

  1. Cold and flu treatment
  2. Improves digestion
  3. Antibacterial and anti-fungal
  4. Boost immune system
  5. Antioxidants
  6. Cancer prevention

You can use these amazing ingredients in so many ways! Add them to soups, sauces, tea, stir frys, meat dishes and stews! I made lentils the other day with all 3! 🙂

Health Benefits of Avocado 

I have had an obsession with avocados lately. I put them in everything: salad, quinoa, pasta, and even in smoothies for extra healthy fats! I love the usual guacamole, but there are so many more things you can do with them.

Not only are avocados delicious, they have so many amazing health benefits!

  • Lowers inflammation
  • High in potassium
  • Improves nutrient absorption
  • High fiber, aids in digestion
  • Reduces LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Rich in folate and vitamin K
  • Loaded with heart healthy monounsaturated fats
  • Promotes healthy bones
  • Balances hormones
  • Moisurizes skin

I made some delicious sushi and toast the other day featuring this glorious fruit.

Check out my Instagram for more ways to use them! 🙂

Farmers Market Finds 

Yep, you guessed it! I spent another morning at the Minneapolis farmers market and found some amazing goodies!

  1. Kohlrabi
  2. Beets
  3. Strawberries
  4. Radishes
  5. Garlic Scapes

The usual freshly squeezed 🙂

This is my favorite way to enjoy beets! I roasted them with salt, pepper and olive oil.

Health Benefits of Beets:

  • Folic acid
  • magnesium
  • iron
  • detoxifies liver & gull bladder
  • prevents heart disease
  • immunity booster

Got these for $2! Garlic scapes are the flower bud of a garlic plant. They taste exactly like garlic and can be used in place of it in any recipe.

Health Benefits of Garlic Scapes:

  • boosts immunity
  • anti-bacterial
  • increases absorption of iron
  • antioxidants
  • fights cold and flu
  • lowers cholesterol
  • lowers blood sugar
  • aids in digestion
  • breaks down blood clots
  • reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes