Monthly Archives: September 2015

11 Surprisingly Healthy Beers

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Being a self-professed beer enthusiast, I know, beer gets a bad rap. Believe it or not beer does have a lot of things going on for it, nutritionally. Unlike red wine, beer doesn’t really get a lot of attention for its health benefits. We all know that a 6-pack a day can kill that waistline not to mention how harsh it is on your liver. Beer is one of the very few plant sources of vitamin B12 which is generally only found in vitamins or animal resources. The B12 comes from bacteria growth in the barley grain. Beer is also a source of plant-based phytonutrients (courtesy the barley and hops) but that doesn’t mean you can swoop out your salad for a cold brew. With all this good news to my other beer enthusiast –so the big question is, which varieties pack the biggest nutritional punch?

A Chicago couple combined his love of Belgian lambics with her fondness for fermented kombucha tea to create Lambrucha, a tart, funky, lemony brew with a dry finish. At just 3.5 percent alcohol by volume and with all the good-for-you stuff that kombucha drinkers swear by — vitamins B and C, as well as help with digestion and blood circulation — this beer's a standout.
Special ingredients: Green tea kombucha
105 calories

Lambrucha-
A Chicago couple combined their love for Belgian Lambics and Kombucha tea to create this tart, funky, lemony brew with a dry finish. It has 3.5 % alcohol by volume Does it have all the wonderful vitamins B and c and helps with digestion and help circulate the blood like traditional kombucha tea offers?

Abita Purple haze-
This beer is a raspberry-infused wheat beer. Purple Haze is brewed with fresh raspberry puree (providing nutrients and vitamins), added after filtration for a distinctive taste and aroma. With only 128 calories and 11 carbs Hendrix might be proud.

Sierra Nevada-
Hop beers are usually 50 times stronger than your average beer. While more hops means more alcohol content, calories and carbs, it also means a higher content of polyphenols, an antioxidant that lowers cholesterol and fights cancer. @ 175 calories per serving.

Peak Organic-Winter Session Ale
Many of us are trying to eat organic. Many breweries in America have started using ingredients from certified organic farms. That means the barley, wheat and hops are all fertilizer-, pesticide- and herbicide-free. This Maine-based beer @ 150 calories per serving is most likely found in Whole Food markets or high-end beer distributors.

Japanese Green Tea IPA
This East Asian influenced beer made by the Stone Brewing Co., Ishii Brewing Co. and Baird Brewing Co. It is brewed with fresh green tea, the limited edition beer is rich with the antioxidants found in every health nut’s favorite tea leaf. Although it’s healthy it still has a whopping 276 calories per serving.

2. Magic Hat #9 Not Quite Pale Ale

Magic Hat #9 Not Quite Pale Ale

This sweet brewed beer is made with real apricots. Apricots are rich in iron that can help regulate cell growth and strengthen your immune system and apricots are also full of potassium which can help lower blood pressure with only 153 calories per serving and a alcohol content of 5.1%.
http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1005304-15-healthy-beers/#slide=3

7. O’ Fallon Hemp Hop Rye

O’ Fallon Hemp Hop Rye

O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye is an American amber (red ale) that gets nutty flavor from being brewed with toasted hemp seeds. Wonder where the brewery gets the hemp seeds from? Canada – with quite a bit of supervision from the feds. Hemp seeds are said to be heart-healthy and they can help lower blood pressure. They are also a great source of vitamin E, which can boost immune function. Located just north of St. Louis, the O’Fallon brewery produces small hand-crafted batches of beer and their motto is something we’ve all said before: “We Love Beer.” CALORIES: 165. ALCOHOL CONTENT: 5.5%
http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1005304-15-healthy-beers/#slide=8

10. Porterhouse Oyster Stout

Porterhouse Oyster Stout

Oysters and beer? Ireland’s Porterhouse Brewing Co. still brews the classic stout beer with fresh oysters. Clearly not a beer for vegans or vegetarians, this is a beer for folks who want to reap the benefits of oysters without the fishy taste. Oysters are full of vitamin B12, iron and zinc. Try this classic and interesting-tasting beer when you are looking for something new. CALORIES: 156. ALCOHOL CONTENT: 5.2%.
http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1005304-15-healthy-beers/#slide=11

14. iKi Yuzu

iKi Yuzu

Ever heard of yuzu? It’s a Far East citrus fruit that is known for its lovely fragrance and sweet taste. iKi Yuzu is a spiced beer brewed with green tea leaves, which give it a unique taste and high content of antioxidants. Antioxidants in green tea have been know to help prevent cancer, treat the common cold and even help with weight loss. The folks at iKi Beer describe it as a light beer with a savory flavor that leaves you wanting more. CALORIES: 135. ALCOHOL CONTENT: 4.5%.
http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1005304-15-healthy-beers/#slide=15

16. New Planet 3R Raspberry Ale

New Planet 3R Raspberry Ale

This sweet ale is certified gluten-free and full of antioxidants, because it’s made with real fruit. This well-balanced ale is made from fermented sorghum, fermented corn, natural raspberry puree, orange peel, hops and yeast. When founder of New Planet Pedro Gonzalez discovered he had celiac disease, he made it his mission to find a way to still enjoy craft beer. And New Planet was born. The Colorado-based company also donates a portion of sales to a non-profit that encourages recycling. CALORIES: 160. ALCOHOL CONTENT: 5%.
http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1005304-15-healthy-beers/#slide=17

Eastern healers have long preached the medicinal properties of ginger, citing it as a homeopathic cure for everything from headaches to diabetes. We're not saying you won't get a hangover if you drink too many Good Jujus, but the fresh root that goes into each batch lends a pleasant flavor that's not dissimilar from unsweetened ginger ale.
Special ingredients: Ginger
131 calories

Left Hand Good Juju-
This beer is actually a “ginger ale” and is made with fresh ginger, which aids in digestion and we know ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. 131 per serving, with 4.5 percent alcohol.

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Beeswax candles: Natures natural air purifier

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Pure beeswax candles are healthy.  Beeswax candles produces negative ions that actually clean your air of odors, pollen, smoke, dust, dust mites, viruses, asthma, allergies, and hay fever!  Bee-wax candles leave your indoor air fresher and cleaner. Many air purifiers and water filters harness this effective negative ion technology.  They are the only candle for anyone with chemical sensitivities or allergies.

When you increase the negative ions in the air. Your mood improves and it gives you a  sense of wellness.

With increased negative ions, studies how shown that it : 

  • Improves sleep
  • Enhances immune system
  • Relief from hay fever & allergies
  • Proven to lessen asthma related symptoms
  • Improves air quality
  • Improves concentration
  • helps to balancing  hormones
  • Its’ a natural detoxification

Sneaky labeling on beeswax candles

A candle may be labeled “beeswax” if it contains as little as 10% beeswax – the remaining ingredients is most likely paraffin. watch out for  “natural” labels.  If the label doesn’t say “100% beeswax” or “pure beeswax”, it almost certainly is not.

Insist on 100% Pure Beeswax. The natural choice.

The problem with paraffin candles

“Regular candles,” are made from paraffin wax, a by-product of petroleum refining. The result? A highly toxic (and environmentally unfriendly) product that literally poisons the air you breathe.

Paraffin wax is the  sludge at the bottom of the barrel of crude oil.  Then the “Chemists” mix in toxic concoctions of colors and fragrances to make this waste product appealing to us consumers! These candles when burned release eleven documented toxins –two of which are carcinogenic.  Have you seen the black soot stains left on your walls, ceilings, furniture, and drapery.  These toxic tiny particles are easily inhaled and may cause respiratory irritation in your lungs. The American Lung Association has issued a warning against breathing the eleven documented toxins (two of which are carcinogenic) that are released, along with soot, when a paraffin candle burns.

Why not fill your home with tranquil energy and soothing color of this natural, unpolished orange calcite tea light hold . Orange calcite is believed to bring health and happiness.

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Treat yourself and your loved ones. Buy an unpolished orange calcite tea light holder or  beeswax candles!

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Candle by the Hour 70-Hour Beehive Candle, Eco-friendly Natural Beeswax with Cotton Wick

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Candle by the Hour 40-Hour Candle Copper Base, Eco-friendly Natural Beeswax with Cotton Wick

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Candle by the Hour 40-Hour Hurricane Lantern, Copper, Eco-friendly Natural Beeswax with Cotton Wick

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Cracking the hangover cure code! Hangover recipes that actually help ease the pain.

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Hangover cures

The morning after a night of partying can be harsh. Hangover cures are a myth. Plain and simple. There is no cure for a hangover but there are things you can do to help ease your pain. You knew you should of avoided that last shot or glass of wine or beer! Whatever your poison is? You feel like total ass right now.  The best cure is to not drink at all or in moderation. To know your limit but nahhhhh, that’s no fun!

    1. Alka Seltzer -Seltzer varieties contain sodium bicarbonate (also known as baking soda), which will help settle a queasy belly by neutralizing stomach acid.
    2. Coconut water with 1 tablespoon of honey and a emerge-c powder packet. Coconut water is loaded with potassium and other vitamins which  will help your body with dehydration.  Honey is acclaimed by scientists for its ability to aid the body in quickly breaking down all the alcohol you consumed. The antioxidant properties in honey helps to  neutralize the toxins created by consuming alcohol. Dr. John Emsley, UK Popular Science writer and chemistry academic, claims the natural fructose in honey helps the body rapidly metabolize alcohol. The Emerge-c packet re-boosts the vitamin & Electrolytes lost during all those bathroom visits. remember Alcohol is a diuretic. Before you turn in, stir a couple of spoonfuls of honey into a glass of hot water and drink it down).
    3. Fresh Ginger and club soda
    4. Hydration– Get yourself hydrated again. Eating water-rich foods and vegetables like cucumbers, celery, iceberg lettuce and watermelon. Make yourself a watermelon smoothie with cucumbers, celery & iceberg lettuce.
    5. Eggs w/ burnt toast– Eggs are packed with protein and cysteine which help to mop up alcohol’s leftover toxins.Carbon in the charred part of the toast filters the impurities. ( That waffle house bacon ,egg and cheese on toast with a side of hash-browns doesn’t sound to bad @ 2a.m.)
    6. Can of Tomato soup.The sodium in a can of  tomato soup can help you retain water, and if you’ve been vomiting, you’ll need their potassium and sodium in your body, which help to restore  your electrolytes.
    7. Banana’s– are loaded with potassium
    8. 8oz of Tomato juice with a dash of cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of honey, and juice from a freshly squeezed lime. This concoction helps to hydrate you and helps to replenish electrolytes, adds sodium that help retain water and get your blood sugar back on track.
    9. Bouillon based broth soups. They will help hydrate you, add vitamins and minerals back into your gut.
    10. Sleep. Get plenty of sleep. 48 hours later . You will be back to your old self again.

Things to remember

  • Stay away from  Coffee- the caffeine narrows your blood vessels and boosts blood pressure. which  in return might make your the hangover worse.
  • Don’t ever drink on an empty stomach. Before you head out on a night on the town or a friends back yard cookout. Eat a  meal that includes carbohydrates (such as pasta or rice) or fats. The food will help slow down the body’s absorption of alcohol.
  • Drink water or non-fizzy soft drinks in between each alcoholic drink.
  • Drink at-least 16oz’s of water before you go to sleep. Keep a glass of water by the bed to sip if you wake up during the night.
  • Please always have a designated driver. Never put  your life in danger or someone else!

Remember Alcohol Can Be Deadly

There are a few warning signs that you shouldn’t take lightly. per wedmd.com

Multiple vomiting. This is simply your body’s natural way of quickly getting rid of the toxins in alcohol — not a bad thing by itself. But it can rapidly lead to potentially life-threatening dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. Lay off the liquor and start drinking lots of water.

Passing out. If someone drinking heavily passes out, and doesn’t respond when you try to wake them, take that person to a local emergency room. People in that condition are in danger of choking on their own vomit or going into shock.

What are electrolytes, and why do we need them?

Here we are making a big fuss over electrolytes, but what are they really? And why do they matter? I could write a dense (at least) six page article on electrolytes, but I’ll spare you (unless you want to go to sleep, then I can send you a copy.) There are tons of electrolytes out there, but in our bodies they are basically calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium chloride, hydrogen phosphate (a mineral) and hydrogen carbonate (a salt.) These electrolytes are vital for survival-not only could we not function if we didn’t have them, if we dilute them too much, it can lead to death by “water poisoning.” They regulate our nerve and muscle function, our hydration, the pH of our blood, rebuilding damaged tissue, and determining blood pressure. One example of their job would be in order for a muscle to contract-from your heart to the tiniest toe muscle- it needs the electrolytes calcium, sodium, and potassium. Too little and muscles become weak, too much and they over contract.

Make Your Own Electrolyte Energy Drink
You will need…

-1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
-1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
-1 ½ to 2 cups fresh water, depending on how strong you want the flavor
-1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
-2 tablespoons natural sugar or honey, to taste

Directions

Toss everything into a food blender and blend until the honey is dissolved, or just use some elbow grease and blend it by hand. Pour yourself a tall glass, drop in a few ice cubes, and enjoy.

Another one..

-1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
-1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
-1 ½ to 2 cups of fresh water
-1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
-2 tablespoons natural sugar or honey, to taste
Directions

Same as above. You can halve or double the recipe as you need, and feel free to experiment with flavors. Keep in mind citrus fruits, especially orange, are a good source of electrolytes.

Another one

You will need…

-3 cups of coconut water
-1 cup of strawberries
-1 cup of fresh water
-1 cup of ice
-1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
-2 tablespoons natural sugar or honey, to taste

Directions

Throw into you blender and let it run until everything is thoroughly mixed together and the mixture is smooth.

Resources:

http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/hangover-cures-8-healthy-foods-to-ease-your-symptoms/slide/1

:http://www.motherearthliving.com/natural-health/natural-hangover-remedy-honey.aspx

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/04/12/hangover-cures-that-actually-work/

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol/Pages/Hangovers.aspx

http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/hangover-helpers

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A hypothyroid friendly version of Red Curry rice with Lentil Stew

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Cooking should be fast, easy, cheap and healthy. This lentil soup is thick and spicy- it’s perfect to quickly fill up your gut. I’ve been trying to eat more lentils lately. Why? Well, its pretty simple lentils are super affordable, packed with protein, and you don’t have to soak them for hours. Lentils have many help benefits 1. helps to reduce blood cholesterol since it contains high levels of soluble fiber( one-half-cup serving of lentils cooked in water offers about 9 grams of protein) . 2. Lentils are also a great source of folate and magnesium, which are big contributors your heart health. 3. The Insoluble dietary fiber  that are found in lentils helps prevent constipation too. 4.  Lentils are considered to have “slow-burning energy” due its fiber content. 5. Lentils contain high amounts of iron,high in potassium & boosts metabolism!

This recipe was adapted from judiwilsonrunningonrealfood.com. I tweeked the recipe to make it hypothyroid friendly.

Red Curry Rice and Lentil Stew - Vegan and Gluten-Free

Red Curry Rice and Lentil Stew
This delicious, stick to your gut and fill you up stew. This hearty and flavorful stew is ready in less than 30 minutes.
Ingredients
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 tbsp of red curry paste
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Amino’s
  • ½ cup Brown rice
  • ½ cup uncooked red lentils
  • 1⅓ cup vegetable stock
  • 1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes, with their juices
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • Celtic Sea Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large sauce pan, cook the garlic, onion and ginger over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring.
  2. Add the carrots and red curry paste. Stir and cook for a few more minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir, cover and lightly simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the lid and let simmer for another 5-10 minutes until everything is cooked and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  5. For an extra zing add a dash of crushed red chili flakes
 You can also cook this in the you slow cooker . Do step 1 then add everything to your slow cooker. Allow to cook 4 hours on low or 3 on high.

Super easy body cleanse for hypothyroidism

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Drink 20 ounces of water w/ dash of cayenne and half of a freshly squeezed lemon

Breakfast: Quinoa With Prunes

This recipe comes from Dr. Oz’s 48-Hour Weekend Cleanse.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/3 cup chopped prunes
  • 1/4 cup rice milk

Directions

In a small pot, stir 1/2 cup quinoa, a pinch of nutmeg and 1 tsp of grated ginger into a cup of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pot and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the prunes and rice milk. Cover again and cook another 5 minutes. Before serving, stir in 1 tbsp of flaxseed oil.

Lunch Smoothie

1 red organic apple

1 garlic glove

2 organic celery stalks

1/2 beet

1 thumbsize piece of ginger

1/2 lemon peeled

1 cup of water

dash of cayenne, dash of tumeric

Blend everything in a blender and drink

Dinner is soup with a side of detox salad

You have many options for soup  & salad recipes.

Sweet Potato and Apple Dessert Soup  

Sweet Pea, Ginger and Mint Soup

Carrot, Cumin and Ginger Detox Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Zucchini and Rosemary Soup

Super Summer Detox Salad

Rainbow Detox Salad

Cool Salad: Armenian Cucumber With Heirloom Tomatoes, Spring Onions and Dill

Other Ways To help your body naturally Detox

Exercise

Exercise helps to improve circulation, get rid of toxins, relax the body and stimulate the mind  releasing  of endorphins.

Sweat

Sweat helps release toxins through your skin. If you can take time to step into a Schedule time to  infrared sauna or steam room which will help to increase circulation and remove toxin even faster.

Dry Skin Brushing

Each day before you shower, brush your skin from head to toe using small circular movements. This helps to break down the fatty deposits in your body. Try to Brush your skin for 5 minutes a day.

Gratitude

Begin your day with by thanking God for all he has done for you. your bed you sleep in , your clean sheets, your water, anything that you have wither it is small or big. Why would God give you more if your ungrateful for what he has given you? Stop blocking your blessings. Slowly inhale, verbally out loud thank God for all he has given you and what he will give you. Ask, Believe and receive.,

Water

Make sure you drink plenty of water per day. Take your body weight and divide it by 2. That’s how many ounces your suppose to drink per day. Water helps flush out toxins from your system.

3 healthy 3 bean salads from 3 of my favorite bloggers

#1 My most favorite blogger is Angela from  Oh she Glows who has an amazing Speedy 3 bean salad. She is an award-winning recipe blogger who has featured over 500 healthy recipes (and growing)! For the past 6 years, she has shared energizing, plant-based recipes that her family enjoy daily. She also has a book that is coming out.  her 1st cookbook, The Oh She Glows Cookbook (released March 4, 2014) was a New York Times Bestseller.

My dream! For my book when released to become a #1 best seller!

Speedy Three-Bean Salad — Oh She Glows

#2 Amanda Plott,  is a graphic designer, author, photographer, self-proclaimed foodie, and creator of TheSkinnyFork.com. her recipe for Three bean Salad is healthy, tasty with a little bit of that Austin,Texas flair .

#3 Lemony Three Bean Salad by Susan who has the blog The wimpy vegetarian

Lemony 3 Bean Salad with Tomatoes