Winter Solstice Blessing:
May you find peace, faith, and strength in the promise of the winter solstice.
As we celebrate around the warming hearth and with grounding practices, it is a nice time to think about the powerful role foods can play in our health. Today, we are highlighting selenium.
Selenium is a trace mineral which means our bodies only need a little bit to do some pretty amazing things. In fact, consuming too much selenium chronically can be very detrimental, but getting a small dose daily offers powerful nourishing support.
As we transition into fall, focusing on grounding root vegetables like turnip, sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot, beet, and winter squashes is one of my favorite ways to prepare for colder weather. Carrots are loaded with beta carotene which is deeply nourishing for our immune system and skin health. Our skin is our largest organ and plays a major role in immunity - so keeping skin strong, supple, and healthy is a top priority (1). That is why we are so excited to share this lovely roasted carrot side dish packed with immunity-boosting support. Adding gremolata brings tons of flavor + we get all the bountiful health benefits of parsley, lemon, and garlic. This version from Cookie + Kate is just wonderful! Fun fact: letting raw garlic rest for a few minutes after chopping actually boosts its allicin potency which activates powerful anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and immune boosting properties (2,3). Lastly, the toasted walnuts add a punch of omega-3 fatty acids to help lower inflammation and support brain and heart health. This seasonal recipe is full of fiber, immune-support, and is really delicious. We think you will love it too!
Why we LOVE carrots for immune-support:
We are on day 14 of social distancing and shelter in place during the COVID-19 Pandemic. One of my silver linings is that I have time to get my recipes written and onto the blog. Plus, I have time to make and test them! I have been desiring something rich and delicious and also know that my nervous system is not up for any non-whole food sweetener. When I am in this place of sensitive digestion, emotions, and energy, the most nourishing sweetener for me is dates.
Dates are nourishing to the spleen (meridian) and boast lots of other vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, thiamine and complex of vitamin B, folate, vitamin C and vitamin E, vitamin K, along with minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. Not bad for supporting overall health right now! I also use high quality raw cacao powder in this recipe. Cacao is rich in magnesium, iron, potassium, and zinc. I notice that when I am craving chocolate, that what I am truly needing is minerals and particularly magnesium! The cacao butter is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, a great support for the nervous system and for absorbing minerals. Last, but not least, I add sprouted pecan pieces for crunch, protein, and overall deliciousness!
I am so thankful for my family, friends, and community and I love making amazing healthy food for family and friends on the holidays. The trick is to make gourmet, delicious food, that nourishes the body and soul, without adding sugar, toxins and inflammatory foods. My guests love joining us and don’t feel like they are coming over for a “healthy” meal. Here are several of my Thanksgiving recipes and a few from others that I love. I’m happy to finally be able to them put here all in one place! Each recipe is delicious, gluten free, and full of so many healing foods. The recipes here are mostly grain free, all are gluten free, and are processed sugar free. Much of this list is Paleo and GAPs friendly as well. It’s all super delicious and of course there's lot's of maple syrup. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
I love sweet potatoes all ways! This is a simple, but divine Thanksgiving sweet potato recipe. It is also amazing as leftovers. For additional crunch and flavor, add more pecans and maple syrup!
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