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:
This summer we are excited to be focusing on nourishment for 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). We all know it is important to wear sunscreen. The sun's powerful rays can cause oxidative stress and long-term damage (1). But, did you know that there are foods that directly support skin health?
Why we LOVE Grapefruit, Avocado, & Kale Salad for skin health:
This vibrant salad is both delicious and super supportive for glowing healthy skin!
Happy Summer, dear ones!
The Summer Solstice on June 21st marked the beginning of this beautiful season of abundance, flow, heat, fire, the heart, and the small intestine!
A nourished and balanced summer body and spirit feels amazing!! Alternatively, an imbalanced summer body and spirit feels hot, tired, irritable, and dry.
Right now I am sinking so deeply into the expansive, flowing, loving, overflowing abundance of slowing down with this season.
Summer is a combination of speeding up in some areas and slowing down in others. Think about slowing down at work and speeding up on vacation or hiking as an example!
Right now I am speeding up in my gardening and activating my time doing silly kid things during the day.
At the same time, I’m slowing way down and giving myself the gift of fully catching up to my level of development so that no part of me is left behind. While winter is a time of integrating in the dark quiet, summer is a time of integrating through shining abundant light on all areas that need tending.
It is BROTH season!
The truth is, we believe that every season is broth season, but especially Winter.
Broths are a powerhouse for combating winter cold and supporting wellness throughout the season (and every season). Broths warm, nourish, cleanse, and hydrate the body. They also open the heart, and provide vitamins and minerals plus protein and collagen. Broths are comforting, soothing, and deeply nourishing making them foundational for winter health.
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