7.08.2014

Until Then . . .




Blowing Kisses!

There is a big family event in the works right now so I won't be around sharing health bits much over the next few weeks.  But just because I am not here, please put your feet up, make yourself comfortable and stay a while. Look over the categories and see what piques your interest, leave me a comment and get the conversation going!

I will see you soon, but for now, I bid you a heartfelt farewell and a few kisses your way. But, just in case you were wondering just exactly how to blow a kiss  and doing it just right, I have it all here for you.  So, until then, practice your technique, get it right and let me know how that goes.

Wishing you wellness in mind, body and spirit!

lori @ The Health-Minded




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7.07.2014

Refresh With Rooibos: Minty Sangria




I remember the big pitcher of iced tea with lemons and fresh mint my mom would make each morning during the summer.  Perhaps that is why I love it so and it is my beverage of choice summer, winter and every season in between. I wrote about tea here and the varieties of them as well as why you may want to quench your thirst with it often, but I have been into a different tea lately and serving it a bit differently as well.

I have been reaching for Rooibos tea, or red bush tea and tossing in a variety of fruits as well.  Rooibos is an herbal tea grown from a small shrub that grows near Cape Town, South Africa, and not grown from the Camellia sinensis plant where we obtain our other tea varieties. Both "teas" have endless health benefits but here is why you should consider giving Rooibos a rotation in your beverage making and doing so often.




Five Health Benefits Of Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tastes great and supports many of our bodily systems. Read how here:

It acts like your personal body guard.  Rooibos contains many antioxidants and we all know how good they are. But the wide variety of them in Rooibos tea helps to protect the body in a number of ways. Two polyphenol antioxidants called aspalathin and nothofagin are found in high concentrations in Rooibos tea, which aid in free radical protection. The polyphenols also have anti-inflammatory properties and can safeguard against heart disease and defend cells and DNA against damage and inhibit them from developing into cancer. The antioxidant chysoeriol can improve circulation as well.

7.04.2014

Bread Basket Toppings




Those bread baskets are dangerous. Yes, they should carry proceed with caution signs. And, I think you know why. The waiter places it on the table before you and it takes a delicate and disciplined approach to not cave in and consume the entire basket in minutes (and especially if they contain those sumptuous and creamy buttery spreads.)  Those baskets can be a formidable challenge for those watching the waistline and consuming too much can kill the appetite. Being gluten-free lately has certainly helped me push that basket away, but those gluten-free options are enticing, too.

So, if you are going to dig in that bread basket seeking your favorite carb and throw a devil may care nod to the wind, try a spread or topping like one of these for some nutrient-packed options.  Who knows, you may enjoy the toppings so much, you won't eat so much bread and ruin your appetite!




Healthy Spreads

Here are three healthy toppings or spreads you can create quickly at home for your bread basket.  They make great pot luck additions too.

6.30.2014

Summer Reading: Outdoors Required




Summer and reading. They just go together for me. I always have a list of books I want to read, but it seems that during the summer, I have an easier time finding opportunities to do it. But, I will not be reading my books in bed and they will not be on my nightstand either. Nope. These books will be peeking out of my beach bag or safely packed in my carry-on travel bag, thrown in my picnic basket or swinging in my backyard hammock. This is my SUMMER reading list after all, and I plan to be outside in the fresh air as much as I can when I read these this summer.

All of these books happen to be written by someone in the medical field - two by doctors and one by a pharmacist.  It is exciting to me that many doctors are taking a more holistic and open-minded approach to practicing medicine.  They are opening their eyes to the role our diets play in how we feel and how our symptoms present.  They take into consideration our stress levels, our lifestyles and are more interested now in getting to the root of our issues and encouraging us, the patients, to take a more active role (and therefore responsibility) in how we feel.






3 Books on My Summer Reading List

Here are three non-fiction books I will be reading this summer on the topic of health and why I chose them. You can purchase all of them off Amazon or at your neighborhood bookstore or check them out at your local library.

6.26.2014

5 Edible Flowers To Use in Your Cooking






Flowers delight me. My friends, my family know how much they do and they are so thoughtful to bring me flowers often. But, I think my all-time favorite bouquets I have received over the years were the ones my children gave to me when they were teeny-tiny.  They would rush in the house from playing outside with a bunch of freshly picked flowers (mostly weeds) so excited to surprise me. And, they did! Yes, they did delight me - in so many ways!

But, weeds or not, flowers look pretty incredible wherever they are - bunched up in a tiny child's hand, in a field, a landscaped garden, in a vase by your front door or on your plate.  Yes, on your plate and in your food. They are lovely there, too, and can make your next dish a beautiful sight.




The Taste

Edible flowers are magical and add flair to your dishes, but what about the taste? If you note the scent you take in from the flower, it will give you a general idea of the taste.  Further, if the flower is stemming from an herb or vegetable, the flower's taste is usually a more delicate version of the food item.  For example, the chive blossom tastes very much like chive but milder. And, squash blossoms taste like a more temperate version of the squash as well.


6.23.2014

Resistance: A Film on How Superbugs Will Impact You




Sometimes you walk out of a movie theatre feeling inspired after viewing a film. Sometimes, you are left mystified over the film's plot twist or maybe even in awe of the creativity in making it.  But, after walking out of a film preview I saw recently, I felt both horrified and alarmed. The film, Resistance, illustrates survival of the fittest in the tiniest of ways, but those microscopic ways deliver a gigantic, massive impact on all of us.  This film is a sobering documentary on germs and their ability to survive and cause antibiotic resistance infections that can affect all of us, directly or indirectly, in life-altering ways.


Antibiotic's Miraculous But Disorderly Path

The film, previewing now in the US, shows the history of antibiotics from when they were first introduced in the 1940s as a medical miracle to the present. Their unfortunate overuse in agriculture, the military, medical treatments and in our food have directly led to the resistant infections that strike two million Americans each year. The director, Michael Graziano, details several stories of healthy individuals of all ages that contract an antibiotic-resistant infection leading to comas, loss of limbs and even human life. These stories all illustrate the danger of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections and the reality that it can happen to you or someone you care about no matter your age or degree of health.

6.09.2014

A Solid Marriage: Strawberry and Rhubarb





You know those couples you meet where they both just seem to bring out the best in each other? That perhaps individually they may not have been able to achieve what they do together?  Like Rodgers and Hammerstein perhaps or even Bonnie and Clyde!  Well, I think you could place strawberry and rhubarb in that great couple's classification, too, minus the bank robbing part! The tartness and tang of the rhubarb marries so well with the delicate sweetness of fresh strawberries!

Strawberries are especially perfect in June and fresh rhubarb is making an appearance right about now as well. Yes, Mother Nature has that one planned pretty well. So take advantage and freeze up this little number to add some refreshment to those hot summer days.  No refined sugar here and the vitamin K and calcium in the rhubarb and the vitamin C and manganese in the strawberries should make you feel good about every bite that melts on your tongue.




6.05.2014

Health Clicks: A Show of Hands




Some of us notice someone's eyes when they first meet someone.  Others notice one's hair or height or how that person is dressed.  But me, I notice some of those attributes, too, but I always, always notice someone's hands.  I think those hands? They say a lot.





Join Hands

Click on these green links here in The Health-Minded's monthly Health Clicks and learn a bit more about that intricate body part - your hands.  They just might be telling you something . . . or telling someone else.


1.  Traveling internationally any time soon?  Well, ya better get those hand gestures under control.  You just never know what you might be really saying in another country and it might not be so nice!


6.02.2014

Gone, Gone Fishing







Plans to hang the "Gone Fishing" sign on your door soon and take off for a bit this summer?  Hope so! And, I hope you get lucky and catch what you want whether that means a lazy afternoon by a beautiful body of water or in fact your dinner! But, if you didn't have any luck at the end of your line and plan to um, er . . . make a pit stop at the market on the way home to pick up dinner, this post may help.




What to Look for When Buying Fish 

Many of you may be near the shorelines vacationing over the next few months and thought for those readers who eat fish and shellfish, I will list a few tips on purchasing that.  I wrote about shopping at farmers markets here with tips on why and how to include them in your life.  But, today, I offer other shopping advice.  I am also including some useful links as well that just may help you create the fish or seafood dinner of your dreams!
 
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