Turmeric, in all its beautiful yellow glory, is amazing for our health. This powerful antioxidant has been shown to reduce inflammation, and is a great addition to our daily diet. It can also be supplemented with curcumin, the active component within turmeric that gives it the beautiful rich colour it is known for. Research shows that in order to get the most benefit from turmeric or curcumin, however, it is important to add black pepper to the mix. A chemical within black pepper, called piperine, is known to increase the bioavailability (the amount of a nutrient our bodies can actually absorb and use) of turmeric up to 200 times.
Chock full of anti-inflammatory ingredients this super satisfying meal is sure to be a hit with the whole family. If you don’t have time to make the yellow curry paste from scratch, consider using a good quality store bought yellow curry paste and adding an additional pinch of turmeric. To round out the meal, serve curry alongside bowls of steamed brown rice.
We know you’ve all heard about how important breakfast is and you may not have the time in the morning to prepare a healthy meal. So with this in mind, check out this quick instant breakfast from our Free Health Report. Just 5 main ingredients, each with proven preventative health benefits to keep your body and brain in optimum condition.
Our Blood Sugar App has simple, delicious recipes based on the TOP 100 proven blood sugar-friendly foods! Here is a sneak peak at one of our fav recipes we can’t get enough of.
First let’s talk about the ginger, garlic and onion. These delicious additions help increase energy storage in the liver and also help reduce insulin resistance — giving you more energy for longer and keeping our blood sugar levels balanced.
A refreshing summertime smoothie with a healthy take on a traditional pool side "pina colada" that is digestive-friendly. Lets start with Kefir, a Turkish word which means "good feeling" is a probiotic rich food with incredible medicinal benefits including supporting our immune system. Then, through in some pineapple that contains bromelain, an enzyme that may help to treat indigestion–we are feeling good. Added bonus of coconut water to help keep us hydrated is a perfect pool side option.
Have you tried Jicama? A root vegetable that resembles a large potato with a mild flavor – when eaten raw, it has a nice crisp texture, adding a crunch of fibre that contributes to lower cholesterol levels, controls blood sugar and aids in weight loss. Along with vitamin C, folic acid and a moderately good source of Potassium which is important for fluid balance and blood pressure control. Then there is the benefit of adding a healthy fat found in avocados, antioxidants in walnuts, and anti-inflammatory cilantro. Plus, we all know this crisp crunch and what they say about having "An apple a day..." – especially our local BC Ambrosia apple.
Ancient grains are great for satiating appetite thus reducing the chance of blood sugar spikes, which can lead to potential weight loss for some individuals.
They are also high in fibre which may lead to a healthier digestive tract by being more regular.
During the month of May we shared several posts and an article focused on Mental Health Awareness. To wrap up our monthly theme we reached out to local Chef Heather Pace to share one of her recipes that has a well researched "feel good" ingredient. Yes, Cacao is a source of serotonin, dopamine and phenylethylamine–three "feel good" neurotransmitters that give us pleasure. It's our pleasure to share Heather's recipe.
Cacao also provides an energy boost while the nuts and coconut oil will leave you feeling full and satisfied for hours. These chewy chocolate squares are sweetened with dates, giving them a slight bit of chewiness. I think they turned out pretty darn delicious! I hope you like them too. Keep them in the fridge.