Month: January 2018

Improving My Health and Wellness

Part of a healthy and balanced body includes nutrition and all of the benefits that come with it. I’ve been focused lately on improving digestion and gut health in addition to my overall wellness. I started getting into herbal supplements at the recommendation of my naturopathic doctor, and some of these supplement capsules from Nature’s Way in addition to tea and foods with a boost of vitamins have helped support my overall health. (Of course I recommend consulting with a health professional before taking any supplements.) However, I wanted to share with you some of the things that I am currently taking to help other people discover the power in some of these wonderful foods and supplements! Lately, I’ve been feeling my healthiest, and am determined to keep feeling great through 2018!

Green Tea

Green tea is known to have many benefits. Green tea comes from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant which haven’t been fermented, so they contain a great deal of. Some of the benefits include:

  • Supports a healthy heart    
  • Supports immunity*
  • Supports healthy skin*

Dandelion Root and Dandelion Tea

Dandelion is an herb and the root and stem/flowers can be ground up. Incorporating Dandelion into my daily regimen has really helped support my digestion.*

Echinacea

Echinacea is an herb that is native to areas east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States. It is also grown in western States, as well as in Canada and Europe. Several species of the Echinacea plant are used to make medicine from its leaves, flower, and root. (source: WebMD). It has helped support my immune system to stay strong during those colder months.*

Kimchi

Eaten in moderation, kimchi can be very beneficial for the body. This is because it is fermented, and fermented foods help to optimize gut health. Fermented foods like kimchi have lots of beneficial microbes that will help with your digestive system!        

  • Promotes digestion
  • Regulates cholesterol
  • Beneficial Antioxidants                                                       
  • Immune support   

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of the oldest home remedies, and while I’m not a huge fan of the taste, I’ve always used it when I have an upset stomach. I mix a small amount with a glass of water. Apple cider vinegar has a ton of benefits.

  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Digestive health

Vitex

Vitex is a new supplement recommended by my naturopathic doctor, because I was complaining about period troubles. Vitex helps support my monthly cycle*.

I hope I’ve shared a little more insight into what I’m currently taking. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below! Remember to talk with your doctor and read about potential benefits and side effects, especially of the herbal supplements before you buy. Your doctor can give you more insight, especially if you are currently on medication, have recurring health problems, or any other special medical needs.

This post is sponsored by Nature’s Way. All opinions are my own.          

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease

 

Instant Pot Ground Turkey Chili sponsored by Foster Farms

It’s January, and it’s time to kickstart a brand new year of healthy and nutritious goals! Most of you guys know that I love mealprepping to save time during the busy work week and also continue eating healthy and within my macros. Chili is one of my favorite things to mealprep because it can last in the fridge for 4-5 days and it reheats very well. Often the last day tastes even BETTER than the first, because all of the delicious flavors are magically mingling together in the fridge! By incorporating Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey, which is nutritious natural, delicious, and a lean source of protein (93% lean), I can continue eating mindfully and reach my goals!

I decided to adapt this recipe from Nom Nom Paleo by swapping out the beef with turkey, since I’m trying to eat less red meat. Ground turkey is a healthy and leaner alternative to ground beef, and is an easy substitute! I also added beans (because I love them), however it no longer makes the chili paleo. But whether cooking paleo meals or not, I always make sure I buy organic free-range meat that has no antibiotics, hormones, or steroids like Foster Farms Ground Turkey. And with that, let’s get cookin’, good lookin!

What’s great about the instapot is that it cuts down the cooking time by quite a lot – this recipe only took about 15 minutes! But if you don’t have an instapot, never fear, because you can still make this (it just takes a little longer). Instead of using ½ cup bone broth, use 1 cup; and you will need to simmer it in a stockpot under medium-low heat for 1 hour or more.

Here’s how I made this! I would definitely recommend topping it with some cilantro, fresh onions, and maybe even avocado!

You will need:

  • 2 pounds Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or olive oil
  • 1 diced yellow onion
  • 1 diced red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained
  • ½ cup bone broth
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce

To make this:

Press the sauté button on the Instant Pot and wait about 5 minutes. Once the metal insert is hot, add ghee butter or olive oil.

Pour in the the onions and bell peppers and cook them until they are softened.

Stir in the tomato paste and minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add in the Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey.

When most of the turkey is almost all the way cooked(5 to 7 minutes), stir in the chili powder, oregano, and cumin.

Toss in the beans, drained diced tomatoes, bone broth, and fish sauce.

Lock the lid and cook under high pressure for 15 minutes. (In other words, press the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button and set the time for 15 minutes under high pressure.)

When the chili is finished cooking, release the pressure naturally. Enjoy!