Gluten Free

The gluten-free craze hit a few years ago, but its reverberations can still be felt.  You can find gluten-free items on every restaurant menu, aisles dedicated to gluten-free items in the grocery store, and Pinterest boards overflowing with gluten-free recipes.

You don’t have to have a gluten intolerance to reduce or cut out gluten and reap the benefits of weight loss, reduced brain fog and much more.

What exactly is gluten? It’s a type of protein found in bread, cereals, pasta, wheat, rye, and other grains.

Have you ever tried cutting gluten out of your diet?

What difference did you notice?

 

 

My Favorite Kitchen Appliances

Are your kitchen cupboards full of different cooking, mixing and storing gadgets? If so, you aren’t alone. Most kitchens are stocked full of random and most often times unused appliances.

I wanted to share with you my top 5 appliances that are very helpful and needed in the kitchen (beside the stove).

So, what are they?

1)    Food processor

2)    Blender

3)    Stand mixer/electric mixer

4)    Pressure cooker (think Instant Pot)

5)    A kettle.

These get me through my everyday life in the kitchen, and I couldn’t imagine my kitchen without them!

What are your staples in the kitchen?

What Oils Do You Use Most Often?

What oil(s) do you generally cook with?

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a great option to keep around for dressings and marinades.

Coconut oil and sesame oil are great for sautéing veggies with — the added flavor is delicious.  Coconut oil will add a bit of sweetness, while sesame oil will have your house smelling like Chinese takeout.

Avocado oil is an excellent option since its smoke point is so high.  This means cooking and baking with avocado oil will not cause the oil to breakdown during the cooking process.

With so many oils to choose from, what’s your favorite to use?

What’s Your Favorite Leafy Green?

Ever wonder why leafy greens are so good for you?

There are numerous dark leafy greens to choose from such as kale, spinach, arugula, collard greens, chard, turnip greens, the list goes on…

These superfoods are beneficial for your whole body – inside and out.

One of the most appealing benefits of dark green leafy vegetables is their low calorie and carbohydrate contents, and their low glycemic index. These features make them an ideal food for achieving and maintaining healthy blood sugar.

They help to fight everyday toxins our bodies are bombarded with, assist with healthy digestion and absorption of vitamins and minerals, and help keep your immune system robust and healthy.

What’s your favorite dark leafy green?

Natural Remedies for Spring Allergies

The cold is almost out the door, and the warm weather is approaching. I’m sure you’re eager for the blooming flowers and sunny skies — I know I am.

One part of Spring I can skip is the watery, itchy eyes and sneezing fits.

Turning to over the counter medicine for seasonal allergies is common, but what if there were a way to combat these annoying symptoms without having to take medication. Wouldn’t that be great?

Here are some  natural remedies to help fight off seasonal allergies:

– Taking supplements such as quercetin and stinging nettle.  These are natural antihistamines and help combat those seasonal allergy symptoms.

– Keep up with your probiotics daily.

– Use a Neti Pot to keep your sinuses flushed.

– Essential Oils that help battle allergies such as lemon, lavender, and peppermint.

– If you feel an allergy attack coming on, head to your acupuncturist for a session.  This works wonders!

What are your typical spring allergy tricks?

 

Weighted Blankets

Have you tried a weighted blanket?

These weighted blankets have been around for quite a bit, but have gained mainstream traction in the last year or so.  You can now even buy one on your next Target run on the blanket aisle.

These blankets help ground you, ease anxiety and help you sleep deeply.  You can get them in all sorts of different weight ranges — and you should choose your blanket weight based on your body weight.  Aim for between 5-10% of your body weight when choosing the right blanket weight.

So, have you tried one yet?! What was your experience?

Night Owl or Early Bird

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Isn’t it so interesting how we’re generally either one extreme or the other?

Some people crawl into bed at 8pm ready to call it a day, and others begin to feel their most productive hours begin around dinner time.

Sleep is essential for good health — this you know.

And it can be quite tricky to navigate that road when you’re on the night owl spectrum.

For the night owls:

– Pick up some Sleepytime Tea and drink a cup around 7pm each night this week.  See what happens.

– Eat dinner an hour earlier than usual this week, as well.

– If you need to shut your mind off, try journaling for 15 minutes before heading to your room to unwind for the evening.  You also can try planning the next day and creating a to-do list.  Waking up feeling organized and ready to tackle your day can help ease your mind as you drift off to sleep.

So – are you a night owl or an early bird?

Spring Cleaning is Almost Here

Are you a Spring Cleaning type of person?

With Spring knocking at our door, it’s almost that time.

And I must say – I am READY.

Cleaning and decluttering helps create a sense of confidence as it exercises your decision-making skills. When things are in place and organized, it can help with reducing anxiety and stress.

What needs purging and cleaning most in your house?

5 Healthy Herbs for Cooking

Do you use fresh herbs when you cook?  Dried herbs are great to keep stored in your cabinets for recipes, but nothing quite tastes as delicious as fresh herbs right out of your herb garden.

Using herbs in your cooking is an easy way to add flavor to any and all dishes. On top of that, these fresh herbs are adding extra nutrients and vitamins to your dishes.  They’ll pack in flavor far superior to any sugary condiments you can find on the condiment aisle.

So, what are the top 5 herbs for cooking?

1)    Parsley

2)    Tarragon

3)    Thyme

4)    Basil

5)    Oregano

Pair any of these with some fresh garlic and black pepper, and you’re off to the races.

What’s your go-to herb for cooking?

Smart Swaps for Comfort Foods

Do you deal with comfort food cravings during these cold winter months?

Aside from staying inside more often than usual, these frigid months can cause us to desire heavy, warm foods that will ground us.

Luckily we live in a world where Pinterest exists — you can find a healthy swap for just about any comfort food craving you can come up with.

So go ahead – drop me a comment below letting me know what your favorite comfort food is, and I’ll comment back a healthy swap recipe for it.