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!
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.
Vegetarian ✻ Grain-Free ✻ Gluten-Free ✻ Dairy-free ✻ Naturally Sweetened
This grain free date sweetened and sprouted granola is awesome for hiking, the kids love it as an afternoon snack, and it's really beautiful to give as a gift. It’s protein and mineral rich, super delicious, and great to make ahead! Below is a base recipe, but you can use whatever mix of nuts and seeds you like or have at home. I have also included some nutrient-dense optional add-ins for you to try. I always like to keep a batch of sprouted grain-free granola mix and bars on-hand and I think you will too!
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