Our 3 Favorite Teas

Our 3 Favorite Teas

Tea time! There are so many available tea options though, so which one should you choose? Better yet, which one would your body choose for you? All you have to do is walk into Teavana, Davids Tea or any health food store and you have shelves upon shelves dedicated to loose or bagged teas. Sometimes it can be a tad overwhelming. For your convenience, I have narrowed it down to the 3 teas that I think will do the most good for your beautiful body at any stage of your life.

Dandelion Root & Leaf Tea

This is NOT just an obnoxious weed growing all over your yard. It’s a magnificent herb used to help digestion, gently stimulate the liver and help with constipation. I started taking this tea a couple years ago when I was healing my bowel issues. Dandelion tea has a earthy slightly bitter taste that the liver and bowels love. The bowels and the liver go hand in hand, so if one is not working, 99.9% of the time the other is struggling as well. This beautiful tea gently stimulates the liver/gallbladder to help it secrete bile. Bile is the bodies natural laxative that aids in digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. When your food is properly digested and bile is flowing it helps combat inflammation in the intestines and allow your body to properly eliminate waste. Benefits of dandelion root and leaf tea include:

  • Infuses the body with vitamins and minerals

Dandelion root – vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin B complex, as well as zinc, iron and potassium.

Dandelion leaf – vitamins C and B6, thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, iron , potassium, and manganese. Other nutrients present in dandelion greens include folate, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper.

  • Helps heal liver and skin disorders
  • Neutralizes an acidic body
  • Mild natural laxative
  • Diuretic 
  • Helps digestion ( bitter tonic)
  • Helps fight inflammation in the body
  • Helps fight seasonal allergies
  • Soothes heart burn 
  • Helps balance blood pressure
  • Helps strengthen the immune system
  • Gently cleanses the body
  • Great coffee substitute 
  • Dandelion greens are great in a salad

*Do not ingest/use dandelion greens or roots if you suspect they have been sprayed with weed killer.

Red Raspberry Leaf

This plant has been used for hundreds of years as a yummy food (the berries) and the leaves as a great healing herb, especially for woman. But beware! This tea does not taste like the fruit it produces! It has more of a green tea taste, that’s earthy and slightly bitter. If you are looking for a great multi-vitamin drink, look no further than 1-3 cups a day of red raspberry leaf tea! I love drinking a cup first thing in the morning to start the day off right. I started drinking this tea more than ever during pregnancy to provide body-building and body-sustaining vitamins and minerals. I personally drank red raspberry leaf tea to help build my blood and boost iron levels, keep leg cramps away and balance out my hormones. Balanced hormones are key to a happy pregnancy! When your hormones are balanced and your body has been given the right fuel you don’t have a lot of common pregnancy symptoms like restless leg syndrome, varicose veins, rapid weight gain, and mood swings to name a few. And this tea is not just for women, men and children can also benefit greatly from this tea. Benefits of red raspberry leaf tea include:

  • Infuses the body with vitamins and minerals such as the vitamins C, E, A and B complex and the minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron and chromium.
  • Helps stop diarrhea
  • Helps fight inflammation in the intestines
  • Swish tea to help with gum disease or canker sores
  • Helps balance hormones in males and females
  • Tones the female reproductive system
  • Helps increase fertility in men and woman
  • Diuretic helps eliminates fluid retention
  • Helps reduce fevers
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Prevents miscarriages and brings on labor when the body is ready
  • Helps fight off flues and colds

Nettle Leaf Tea

Mother Nature’s gift to this world and basically my go to tea for just about anything! Some of my health clients complain that this tea is hard to swallow because of its bitter, grassy taste. Yep, there is nothing sweet about this tea besides its health benefits. I love to pair this healing tea with a peppermint tea to make it more palatable. I started taking nettle leaf tea (it has to be nettle leaf, not the root) in my 2nd trimester of pregnancy to help increase my bowel movements, elevate mood and energy levels, and infuse my body along with baby’s body with vital plant vitamins and minerals. Its a fantastic everyday tonic for the body. Benefits of nettle leaf tea include:

  • Infuses the body with vitamins and minerals such as the vitamins A, C, *D and K and the minerals calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron and sulfur. *Nettle supplies your body with vitamin D3 (calcidiol) which is a precursor to biologically active vitamin D.
  • Increases fertility in men and women.
  • Nourishes mother and fetus during pregnancy, especially during the 2nd trimester
  • Eases leg cramps and other body spasms
  • Diminishes pain during and after birth
  • Increases the richness and amount of breast milk
  • Gently cleans the blood stream
  • Helps relieve seasonal allergies
  • Energizes the body without caffeine
  • Promotes lymph drainage
  • Helps fight Inflammation throughout the entire body
  • Diuretic without taking potassium out of the body
  • Helps heal kidney/bladder infections
  • Helps with gout by reducing the amount of uric acid in the body
  • Great tonic for pregnant woman due to high mineral content
  • Helps with prostate enlargement issues
Summer Quinoa Salad

Summer Quinoa Salad

 Ingredients:

3 cups cooked quinoa

1 cup shredded carrots

1/2 cup diced green peppers

1 cup diced cucumbers

1/3 cup diced red onions

1/2 cup diced tomatoes

1 clove of pressed garlic

10 diced kalamata olives or to taste

 

Dressing:

3 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar (we use Bragg’s)

2 tsp Italian seasoning

5 Tbsp Lemon juice

6 leaves of chopped fresh basil

Salt to taste

*Optional- Add 2 Tbsp of kalamata olive juice for a little more kick

Whisk all ingredients in a bowl and evenly pour over salad.

 

Directions:

Cooking Quinoa – The ratio is 1 cup of uncooked quinoa to 2 cups of water. Bring quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, approx. 15 to 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork, and let quinoa cool.

Mix together quinoa, veggies and dressing.

Let salad sit in fridge for at least 30 minutes to bring out the full blast of yummmmmmy flavor!

ENJOY!

 

Soaking & Sprouting Nuts and Seeds

Soaking & Sprouting Nuts and Seeds

SOAKING & SPROUTING

Why soaking and sprouting?

Soaking and sprouting your nuts, seeds and legumes might sound very new to you but it has been done for hundreds of years! Nuts, seeds and legumes were soaked in salt water and then dried out by the sun long ago.

Grains, legumes, nuts and seeds can be a terrific nutrient-dense snack or addition to a meal, but without proper preparation, can contain substances that interfere with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

Grains, legumes, raw nuts and especially raw seeds, contain moderate levels of phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors. Phytic acid is biologically necessary for the plant, as it helps safeguard the nut or seed until proper growing conditions are present and germination can occur.

These enzyme inhibitors prevent the seed from sprouting prematurely, but can cause potential problems in humans by binding to nutrients in the body and contributing to nutrient deficiencies and digestive system irritation like gas and bloating, yuck!

Seeds and nuts store phosphorus as phytic acid and it becomes a phytate when it binds to a mineral. In the body, this process can stop nutrients from being absorbed in the digestive system and reduce the digestibility of these foods.

In other words, just because nuts and seeds are considered good sources of protein and nutrients, doesn’t mean your body can absorb these nutrients. All plants contain phytic acid, but grains, legumes, nuts and seeds typically contain the highest levels.

 

What can you soak and sprout?

Most nuts, seeds and legumes can be soaked and sprouted. With the exception of flaxseeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds (hearts) .

 

How do you soak and sprout?

Step 1.  You will need a container or a bowl. Put your nuts, seeds or legumes into the bowl and pour warm water over until the content is completely covered. Add in a tsp of salt, lemon/lime juice or apple cider vinegar to help break down outer coating.

Step 2. Put a lid or cloth over nuts, seeds or legumes and let them soak over night. (8-12 hours.)

Step 3. First thing in the morning rinse them REALLY well in a strainer.

Step 4. Leave them in the strainer and place the strainer over the bowl. So the dripping liquid doesn’t leak on the counter.

Step 5. Rinse them really well 3 times a day for 2 days.

Step 6. On the night of the second day you should start to see cute little nubs forming or little tails. Put an air tight lid on container and place them in the fridge until you are ready to use them. Most will last in the fridge for about 3-7 days.

 

Simplified version:

If you are new to soaking and sprouting. Start slow and just get into the habit or soaking. Soak your beans, nuts or seeds over night and rinse in the morning. Place them in a air tight container and put them in the fridge until you are ready to use them.

 

* www.wellnessmama.com and tweaked a bit by Gina Primavera

Easy Sweet Potato Boat

Easy Sweet Potato Boat

Serving Size – 1 Person

Ingredients

1 Personal size sweet potato or yam

1 small ripe avocado or half of a large one

Homemade Salsa (click here)

*Optional – 3 tbsp black beans with cumin to taste

 

Directions

  1. Cook sweet potato or yam in microwave for 5-7 minutes or boil on low for 15 minutes or until desired softness
  2. Cut open sweet potato length wise.
  3. Cut open avocado, mash it up and scoop it onto sweet potato
  4. Add homemade salsa on top.
  5. *Optional: add cooked beans whole or blended with a pinch of cumin

 

ENJOY this hearty and super delicious recipe!

 

 

5 Minute Salsa

5 Minute Salsa

Chop, Chop, chop and throw everything into a bowl for a super easy, incredibly delicious, homemade salsa!

 

Ingredients

1 medium onion diced

2 medium tomatoes (or 1 large) diced

1/4 cup fresh cilantro

2 cloves pressed garlic

1 lime juiced or more to taste

pinch of cayenne pepper

 

Directions

Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix together. Throw on top of salads, sweet potatoes or use a dip with bean chips!