Naturally Fight Germs This Flu Season!

Brrrrrr! It’s beginning to look a lot like…cold season, flu season, germ season. Ick. Here are some tips on fighting germs and staying healthy so we don’t feel like this little munchkin.

  • Get enough Vitamin C (found in bell peppers, strawberries, papaya, oranges, greens, etc.)
  • Lots of cinnamon and oregano, the natural antibiotics (herbs and spices are SO good, packed with flavor and health benefits at no calorie cost!)
  • Get your probiotics (yogurt, miso, sauerkraut, etc.)
  • Skip or minimize sugar, it weakens the immune system.
  • Eat foods with lots of phytochemicals (plant-based nutrients) to ensure lots of vitamins and minerals.
  • Get enough rest. You know the deal, 8 hour minimum!
  • Eat foods with riboflavin (mushrooms, soybeans, spinach, almonds, etc.)
  • Drink hot tea and hot lemon water, they warm and detox the body.
  • Load on the garlic, preferably raw, for countless health and anti-bacterial benefits.
  • Use coconut oil, it boosts the immune system.
  • Breathe natural steam above a boiling pot of water for a natural decongestant.
  • Apple cider vinegar alkalizes the body among lots of other benefits!
  • Wash your hands often (obviously!)
  • STAY WARM! Layer up!

One Healthy Breakdown: Germs happen, but we can fight off sickness!

All About Arugula

Arugula is one of my favorite foods. Not like one of my favorite greens, but actually one of my favorite foods. Kale, spinach, romaine – those are all good greens, but to make them truly enjoyable, you need a little somethin’ somethin’ to dress it up. Arugula packs SO much flavor, it really holds it own…on its own. I’m not lying when I say that I can snack on plain arugula like people snack on chips or popcorn. That may sound extreme, but it’s true, I wouldn’t lie to you! No, I don’t serve arugula with salsa or hummus, but my body does crave arugula like others may crave potato chips. Point being that you learn to love healthy foods the more you incorporate them into your daily life. Ok, back to the arugula…

photo 1When I make an arugula salad, (which is quite often) it’s not about what I can load it up with, it’s really about enjoying the fresh strong flavor of the curly little leaves. Plus, arugula packs as much nutritional value as it does taste. It’s got anti-cancer phytochemicals, folic acid and Vitamins A, C and K, which aids bone and brain health! This hydrating veggie is packed with iron and best part is that it’s available year round!

Chances are, if I’m making a side salad, it most likely has arugula in it. Today, lunch was a bed of arugula with butter beans and avocado. Simple yet delish.

photo 3Some other great arugula salad add-ons are: beets, tomatoes, nuts, figs, parmesan, watermelon, pears, and so much more. Get creative! Also remember, arugula is not just for salads. It goes great in omelet, a top a sandwich, burger, or pizza, or add it to any pasta dish for a peppery kick.

One Healthy Breakdown: I’m ALL about Arugula.