Wellness Wednesday #15 – Parsley

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Did you know there are actually a ton of nutrients in Parsley?

I didn’t.

I see it all the time in recipes and usually go for some dried parsley just to say I added it in. Honestly I don’t think it has that great of a taste. I think it’s time to start getting some fresh parsley for those recipes!

Parsley hails from the Mediterranean area and has been used for medicinal and culinary purposes for 2,000 years. It has a very green leafy taste, much like you would think from its appearance. The leaves and the roots can be used as food or medicine.

The rich nutrients in Parsley include vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Plus it is high in volatile compounds that help fight some cancers, inflammation, osteoporosis, arthritis, and heart disease.

Due to the high amounts of vitamins and minerals in Parsley, it is a strong immune booster. A parsley tea will help detox your system too!

Although there are some cautions with taking Parsley in high doses, (you can check here and here for those cautions) there is no need for concern with regular culinary use.

You can add fresh parsley as a garnish to many dishes. It’s great in soups, salads, omelets, juices, and anything that needs a little green! It’s an easy herb to grow and can be added to a small herb garden or even a pot out on your porch.

I’m going to buy a bunch next time I’m at the Farmer’s Market. There’s always a vendor with Parsley!

 How do you add parsley to your diet?

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Wellness Wednesday #9 – Turmeric

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This week’s real food feature is Turmeric!

Wow is this one amazing spice! Turmeric could possibly be the number one real food ingredient to add to your diet. There are so many benefits to turmeric that even mainstream medical sites and doctors are recommending it.

The main component in Turmeric that benefits the body is curcumin. It has been cited in over 6,000 scientific studies to help in many different areas.

The top conditions and diseases turmeric helps fight are:

  • Inflammation
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Aging
  • Arthritis
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach pain
  • Liver and kidney problems
  • And some Cancers

It also aids in:

  • Brain and memory function
  • Maintaining blood sugar levels
  • Relieving skin irritation
  • Reducing chronic pain

This tangy spice has long been used in India and surrounding areas for culinary and medicinal purposes. Turmeric is what gives curry it’s unique flavor and orange color. It has been a secret wellness ingredient for thousands of years.

When taking turmeric for medicinal purposes it can be taken in capsule form or as a tea. Because it is so powerful it could cause some adverse reactions if not taken carefully. Check with your health care practitioner if taking for medical reasons.

To benefit from turmeric for everyday wellness, start including it in your cooking! It doesn’t only have to go in Indian dishes. Personally I love the warm flavor it adds to chicken dishes and soups. You can buy turmeric here.

Turmeric can be used topically to help nourish your skin and reduce aging. It may leave you a little orange if you use a lot of it!

Have you added Turmeric to your diet?

 

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Wellness Wednesday #3 – Sage

 

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It’s Wednesday again!

Sage

Sage is quite the valuable herb. It is closely related to Rosemary and has a sweet savory flavor.  The Latin name for sage, “salvere,” means “to save” and has been used for thousands of years by many cultures for culinary and medicinal purposes.

This soft green leaf contains enzymes, flavonoids, antioxidants, and phenolic acids that help reduce heart disease, inflammation, menstrual pain, and digestive problems. It has long been used to aid in memory function. Tea made from sage leaves is nicknamed “thinker’s tea.”

Of the many vitamins and minerals contained in sage, Vitamin K is the most prominent. Even an amount as small as one tablespoon of this herb will give you nearly half your daily dose of Vitamin K. That’s pretty impressive!

Sage tastes great as a seasoning on a variety of meats and vegetables, and also mixed in dressings or sauces. Although more commonly used in savory dishes in the fall, fresh or dried sage is wonderful year round.

What is your favorite dish with sage?

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Wellness Wednesday #1

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Greetings! This is the start of something really fun here at Never Lacking Zeal. I am now co-hosting Wellness Wednesday!

Wellness Wednesday is a blog link-up. Each week many different bloggers will link up their wellness related posts. It is a great way for you to find new fantastic blogs to follow, and if you are a blogger it is a great way to share your knowledge!

This link-up is shared by a few other natural living bloggers, each of us will have a short bit of unique content at the start of our link-up, so be sure to visit each of us! The link-up will be visible on each of the blogs so even if you can only visit one host, you will be able to connect with all the bloggers who link up.

Spread the word and let your friends know where to find some great natural living information. We greatly appreciate it!

In addition to the link-up, I would like to start sharing the benefits of different real food ingredients that you can use to boost your health. Wellness starts with the food you eat! We all have to eat and so making it taste good as well as be good for you is key.

Rosemary

This is one of my new favorites. Rosemary has a citrusy-woodsy scent that sharpens the memory. Just imagine standing in the woods on a crisp sunny day and smell the slightly minty aroma fresh green foliage.

This savory herb contains several vitamins and minerals including, Vitamins A and C, Manganese, Potassium, and Iron. Granted you would need a lot of rosemary to get your daily dose of these nutrients, but every little bit counts!

Rosemary’s anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-septic properties have been found to help with:

  • digestive problems
  • high blood pressure
  • headaches
  • and memory loss

If using the essential oil, Rosemary is great topically for hair health, joint pain, and skin conditions like eczema.

Next time you cook up some chicken or lamb, add a nice sprinkling of rosemary. It will improve the taste and give you some great benefits!

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Mix Your Own Taco Seasoning

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One of our favorite go-to meals is taco salad. It’s very simple to put together. I can easily brown up some meat, chop up a few veggies, whip up some dressing, and get it on the table in twenty minutes. I love it for nights that I get home late because of running errands after work. Or nights that I run and just want to get dinner done with quickly.

My version of taco salad does not contain any chips or cheese or sour cream. I do a Paleo version with just the veggies, meat, and dressing. And I make my own seasoning. As a fan of homemade mixes and seasonings that are free of strange chemicals, I love this mix. It really tastes amazing too. I’ve had store-bought taco seasoning once since I started making my own and I can tell a big difference. The flavors in the homemade mix are so REAL ! I thought I would share it so others can enjoy the benefits of tasty tacos and taco salads. It works great on beef or chicken. I’ve even added it to leftover roast that I shredded and turned it into a new meal.

Taco Seasoning

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a spice jar and shake to mix.
  2. Use 1-2 Tbsp spice mix per pound of meat. More or less depending on your spice preference.
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Now in a matter of five minutes, with ingredients that you have on hand, you can make this delicious taco seasoning mix!! I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do!


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