Super foods to fight a Cold

Super foods to fight a coldIt’s time to think about Super foods to fight a Cold. We just drove to Wisconsin from Mexico and old man winter is here. While the change in weather won’t give us a cold, the germs that appear will do the trick if we are not careful. Besides washing our hands often and being careful around others that have a cold, we will do well to make sure we are eating foods that will help us fight a cold. We all know about Hearty Chicken Soup when a cold catches us off guard, but lets consider other Super foods to fight a cold once it hits us.

Not only do healthy, nutrient-dense foods nourish your body and help the cells grow and reproduce, they also help arm your body’s defenses to ward off attacks from germs that cause colds. Low-fat meats from free range cattle, fresh fruits and vegetables plus some whole grains all play a part in preparing your body to do battle.

Another important component of your anti-cold defense system is water. When your body is dehydrated, it’s at an increased risk of germs latching on and not letting go. So be sure to drink plenty of water and decaffeinated drinks to help your body stay hydrated and ready.

Just one cup of yogurt a day may work to keep the gastrointestinal track healthier, which can help ward off colds. It has to be yogurt with live cultures, as this is the key ingredient that helps keep the GI track ready to rumble. And an added bonus to eating yogurt – recent studies suggest regular dairy consumption helps you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

Garlic contains allicin, an antibiotic that has been shown to prevent complications from a cold in some research. Garlic can be added to many of your favorite dishes to spice them up and help you suit up to do battle against cold germs.

It’s been said an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, so can an orange or two. One orange a day provides your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. Oranges are also abundant in flavonoids, which helps your body’s cells regenerate and stay healthy and strong.

Green bell peppers are the vegetable family’s best vitamin C source. Add them to a salad, or simply slice one up and eat it raw. Flavonoids are also found in peppers. You may even want to prepare a green pepper dip seasoned with garlic for an added germ-kicking effect.

Lean ground beef, especially when prepared with a bit of garlic, can maintain cell health and fight off illness. It’s a good source of protein, selenium and zinc, and when eaten with a bit of tomato, is a great defense during cold season.

Ginger and Honey tea with lemon should be on the list of Super Foods to fight a cold. Grate a little ginger in a cup, add very hot water and let it sit for about three minutes. Strain out the ginger, Add juice from half a lime and a teaspoon of natural honey to the tea and sip. Do this three or four times a day. The ginger will help smooth a sore throat and kill rhinoviruses. The lime juice will build up the immune system and the honey is a natural antibiotic.

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A Brie and Dark Cherry Appetizer

A Brie and Dark Cherry Appetizer can be an easy addition for  your next party.  The flavors of warm, melted Brie and sweet dark cherries are enhanced with a slight hint of maple syrup. For a more complex and savory flavor combination, add a tiny fresh thyme leaf to each cup prior to baking.

Brie and Dark Cherry AppetizerNow this recipe is using sweet dark cherries but go wild, it’s you kitchen and your party. Think cranberry or bits of brandied peaches. You don’t want to over power the flavor of the Brie but you could offer an assortment of Brie phyllo cups. Plan ahead and they can all be created at the same time, reducing the time you spend in the kitchen…

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A Brie and Dark Cherry Bite Appetizer
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Cuisine: International
Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. Chilled Brie, rind removed and cut into 30 small cubes
  • 6 oz. frozen dark cherries, thawed and cut into small pieces, reserve juice
  • 3 T. real maple syrup
  • 30 frozen phyllo cups
  • 30 tiny thyme leaves (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place phyllo cups on sheet and add one piece of Brie to each cup.
  4. Top off each cup with an equal amount of chopped cherries and reserved juice.
  5. Drizzle a little maple syrup over each cup and place in preheated oven for 7 – 9 minutes, or until Brie is melted.
  6. While baking, make sure the phyllo cups do not burn.
  7. Remove from oven and serve warm.

 

It is a good idea to chill the Brie a little before slicing. It becomes much easier to handle.

It is always a good idea to serve a little finger food when people are enjoying cocktails before dinner. With two topping on the Brie phyllo cups and only two other items you have a great presentation with limited time in the kitchen. There’s a win/win for you

Want the recipe for a nice Holiday Cocktail to serve with these, here is one for you; Moscow Mule

Enjoy your holidays because starting January 2nd we are going to have a 30 Day Whole Foods Weight Loss Challenge and we want you to join us for the fun. I will be posting more details within the next couple of weeks.

Why January 2nd, because with all the parties on December 31st,  and the next day’s football games etc, nobody really wants to think “Diet” on the first day of the new year.

Now would be a good time to sigh up for our newsletter. You will receive recipes and weight control tips and anti aging tips once you are signed up. And just for signing up you will receive a free copy of The Dark Side of Sugar and Wheat.The sign up form is at the top right of this page. We’re looking forward to you joining us on our journey.

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Maria and Bill

 

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Green Tea is a Great Health Drink

Green Tea is a Great Health Drink which I start my morning with three or four times a week. What do I drink on those other morning to get me up and about? I will share that with you in coming articles. There are three different drinks I choose from to start my morning, and one is Green Tea. We, the wife and I,  also enjoy it served cold in the afternoon.

Green Tea is a Great Health Drink

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Holidays Bring Festive Cranberry Margaritas

Holidays Bring Festive Cranberry Margaritas and other surprises to the Christmas Party. With all the wonderful party appetizers you will be serving, Festive Cranberry Margaritas could be the hit of the party.

Festive Cranberry MargaritasIt was not many years ago that margaritas were considered a warm weather drink, but all that changed when America discovered Tequila.(More about tequila later)

Suddenly, margaritas started appearing in restaurants everywhere. Many are served “frozen” which are made in a slushy machine. Mango Margaritas and Strawberry Margaritas are a couple of the better know margaritas. But we(you and me) are not going to be like everyone else. This year we’re serving Festive Cranberry Margaritas.

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Festive Cranberry Margaritas
Author:
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Cocktails
Serves: 1
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 3 ounces GOOD tequila
  • 2 ounces Cointreau
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
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  • Garnish:
  • fresh rosemary sprigs, bottom leaves removed, approximately 2-3” long
  • fresh cranberries
  • fresh lime wedges
  • Salt on rim of glass is optional.
  • .
  • Note: To make cranberry sprig garnish, carefully thread 3 fresh cranberries onto tough rosemary stems. Set aside until you are making the margaritas,
Instructions
  1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice and add tequila, Cointreau, and both juices.
  2. Shake well and strain into ice-filled glasses
  3. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and lime wedges, if desired.
  4. Test one to make sure it all works to perfection.
  5. Make more and serve your guests.

 

Never use cheap Tequila. There are so many good tequilas to choose from and at a very reasonable price that it would be a shame to serve the stuff on the bottom shelf. Here in Mexico we use that to start our BBQ’s. It’s cheaper than lighter fluid and a bottle lasts a long time.

There are two types of Tequila,  100% Blue Agave and Tequila Mixto (Mixed)

Tequila Silver or Blanco is the purest form of Blue Agave tequila with the flavor of the plant. This can be a little to strong for the first time tequila.

Tequila Gold or Ore is usually a mixed, less expensive tequila used in most bars for mixed drinks.

Tequila Reposado This is the first stage of “rested or aged” Tequila and is aged from 2 months to 11 months in oak barrels. It will take on a golden color.

Tequila Añejo To be labeled Añejo Tequila it must be aged at least one year. It will take on an amber color during the aging process and be smoother, richer and have a more complex flavor.

Tequila Extra Añejo this label has only been around since 2006, and can only be used for tequila that has been aged at least 3 years. It will have a Mahogany color, is so smooth you will know its special when it kisses your lips. And it cost a pretty penny so save those pretty pennies.

I can’t tell you which tequila to use but if possible use a Reposado for your Festive Cranberry Margaritas. If money is tight then use Tequila Gold. Save the Añejo tequila for sipping.

If you want another special drink for the holiday season check out A Moscow Mule

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A Moscow Mule This Holiday Season

A Moscow Mule This Holiday Season is a great idea if you love the taste of ginger and you want to serve something that not everyone has had before. So Lets start the party and serve our guests a Cranberry Moscow Mule this season.

A Moscow Mule This Holiday SeasonA Moscow Mule is a very special drink that has Ginger Beer as one of the ingredients. Now it is not really beer, more on that later. Let’s make a Cranberry Moscow Mule and while we sip it we can review it’s history a little. Adding the cranberry juice will give it a little holiday spirit.

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Making Cranberry Relish for the Holidays.

Making Cranberry Relish for the Holidays is one of those Whole Foods items that you can make ahead a day or so if you like. It’s these little steps that help reduce the stress of the holidays. In our house I always make a double batch because my wife and I like it after that holiday as well as Thanksgiving,

Crranberry Relish For The Holidays

Use Fresh Cranberries if you can however frozen cranberries will also work in this recipe.

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Whole Foods During The Holiday Season

Whole Foods During the Holiday Season can be a real challenge when you are just starting out on the Whole Food adventure. It becomes easier the longer you are eating whole foods as a way of life.

Whole Foods During the Holiday Season

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Is Coconut Water a Natural Health Drink?

Today lets talk a little about coconut water. Is Coconut Water a Natural Health Drink? My wife and I drink it after a long walk whenever possible to replace lost electrolytes. Because I like my coconut water very cold, we actually keep a couple of trimmed coconuts on the lower shelf of or refrigerator about 50 percent of the time.

Coconut Water

 

It seems that as we age,  people become more conscious about their health. From food, lifestyle, and down to their fluid intakes—many people are working to maintain a healthy body.

A Healthy Lifestyle

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Divorced Eggs For Breakfast

This morning we are having divorced eggs for breakfast. Very easy to make but they do require two salsas, as you will see in the recipe. If I had a “favorite” way to enjoys eggs this would be very near the top of the list because of the contrasting flavors and colors.

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What is Kombucha?

What is Kombucha? In our house it is a drink, it is used in a dressing and it can be used in smoothies when we are feeling very creative. We started making our own Kombucha a few years ago but had to start from scratch once we moved to Mexico because we could not bring the mother scoby with us.

What is Kombucha

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