This week my stomach has been a little weird so I decided to whip out my Vitamix and make a concoction. I had just bought some ginger root at the store and decided it was time to use it. I rushed to my fridge to search for what other immune-fighting superfoods I could find.
The picture below is the final result. Isn't it pretty :)
ginger. You don't need to wait until the next time you have sushi to start incorporating ginger into your life. For thousands of years healers have used ginger not only as a food but as a healing medicine.
Ginger can work wonders for nausea, vomiting, and upset stomach. It is also a potent anti-inflammatory that boosts your immune system.
carrots. carrots make make instantly think of Bugs Bunny ha! (I'm so mature) Carrots are named after the antioxidant nutrient they are rich in, called beta-carotene. This is just one of the many antioxidants found in carrots.
Studies have shown that eating carrots is amazing for your vision, and preventing heart disease and cancer. Their color makes smoothies a pretty orange color too :)
apples. you know the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the Doctor away!" Did you know that there are over 7,000 different variations of apples? Whoa. New studies concentrating on the diversity of polyphenols found in apples continue to amaze scientists.
Apples are full on antioxidants and studies show that including them in your diet can help prevent heart disease, balance blood sugar, and prevent certain cancers.
raw honey. I live in Cincinnati (woot, woot!) and we have a wonderful market downtown called Findlay Market. It's been around forever. My Grandma and even Great-Grandfather were regulars to the market... and now I am! Anyways, they have tons of veggies and local foods. I found some delicious raw honey and knew I had to buy it and take it home right away.
Raw honey simply means that the honey has not been heated in anyway. Heating honey kills all the amazing nutrients and can make it harmful to your body. It's an extremely high-tech process, and is definitely not the same honey used a generation ago.
Raw honey is anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. It also includes beneficial phytonutrients known to prevent all sorts of diseases. Of course, moderation is key.
small piece of ginger root
1 cup filtered water
honey to taste
Blend it up in a high-speed blender. I love my Vitamix and I think the Ninja is a great choice too.
*** I will say that this recipe has quite the bite to it because of the ginger. But I still thought that it was tasty and it made me feel amazing afterwards.
As we go into the colder seasons I know this is going to be one of my go-to recipes to prevent getting sick.
Also, I was looking at my calendar and the holiday parties are starting to roll in. From past years, I know that right now is the perfect time to reset and get on track. Can't wait for the holiday food. Thanksgiving is my fav!
I have two questions for you my friends.
#1 What is your favorite smoothie or juice to make when you're feeling a little off or want to prevent illness?
#2 What are you doing to prepare for the holidays?
Let me know by replying to this email :)
ENTfit & Beth Nutrition
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