Lime is a citrus fruit known for its vibrant green color and sweet yet sour refreshing taste. Many species of lime differ in characteristics (shapes, aroma, and flavor), to name a few: key lime, Persian lime, desert lime, and makrut lime.
Beyond its flavor, this fruit contains nutrients that promote a more robust immune system, prevent kidney stones, create healthier skin, and reduce heart disease.
Let’s discover the benefits that make lime a powerhouse fruit!
The main nutrient that citrus fruit is known for is Vitamin C and that includes lime. Vitamin C can help protect you from infection and inflammation, and enhance the healing process of your body.
Accompanied by a healthy lifestyle and proper skincare, adding lime to your water or food can improve the texture and complexion of your skin through the help of vitamin c and flavonoids.
Reduces the risk of heart disease
Lime is rich in potassium which can lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation. It also contains magnesium which plays a significant role in the heart’s healthy rhythm.
1 Tbs honey, more to taste (optional)
10 to 15 mint leaves
4 to 6 ounces of sparkling water, or club soda
1 mint sprig, for garnish
Gather the ingredients.
Cut the lime into wedges (about 4 or 5), reserving one for garnish. Add the remaining wedges along with the honey syrup to a tumbler. Muddle well to release all of the lime juice.
Add the mint, tearing each leaf into smaller pieces, and muddle gently to release the herb’s essence.
Fill the glass with ice then sparkling water or soda. Add more honey syrup, if desired. Stir well to incorporate the lime and mint into the ice.
Garnish with the reserved lime wedge and a sprig of mint. Serve and enjoy.
This fruit is a member of the mulberry family and it is a fruit of the ficus tree. Figs are delicate and their taste is described as syrupy liqueur sweet, with a chewy and soft texture and slightly crunchy.
Let’s climb into the ficus tree and discover what makes this fruit special and brilliant!
Figs are enriched with fibers & prebiotics which are the perfect combo for a healthy tummy! It can also aid in shedding weight due to its high soluble fiber content and it can make you feel full for a longer period.
Figs have also been shown to help kill parasites and are one of the main ingredients in Dr Z’s recommended parasite protocol. It can be found in the Zymex II product which she recommends for parasite detox and support.
Figs have been a symbol of fertility since ancient Greek times. They are rich in iron which plays a major role in the ovulation process in females.
Beneficial to your Heart
Fig contains fiber and potassium which can assist with decreasing fat from your body and pressure in your heart. This goodie is also fortified with antioxidants that protect your body from free radicals and reduce triglycerides and bad cholesterol.
With the presence of calcium and potassium, figs can help improve the density of your bones which can protect you from bone diseases such as osteoporosis.
Citrus & Fresh Fig Chia Seed Pudding
1 cup almond milk (organic and unsweetened)
1/4 cup organic chia seeds
3-4 fresh figs, stem removed and chopped
2-3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp tangelo zest (or other citrus)
To garnish: 2 quartered fresh figs, 2 tbsp chopped walnuts, and additional maple syrup
In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, chia seeds, citrus zest, and maple syrup. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 10 minutes or so. Add in the chopped figs and stir again.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight until it’s thick and pudding-like. When ready to serve, stir the pudding well and divide between two small bowls. Garnish each pudding with a quartered fig, a tablespoon of chopped walnuts, and a drizzle of maple syrup, to taste. Eat.
The pudding can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
Note: Feel free to substitute your citrus of choice – oranges, tangerines, and clementines would all work well.
Lychee, also known as ‘Litchi’ or ‘Lichi’, is a native fruit of Southeast Asia. Since ancient times, this fruit has been a favorite of the Cantonese and is eaten fresh or dried.
In the present day, Lychee is now enjoyed worldwide due to its refreshing, aromatic, and sweet flavor which makes it an ideal fruit to savor during a busy day!
The most important factor why you should consider trying out this fruit is because it is rich in health benefits that will help strengthen your immunity and together; we will discover those benefits in this blog.
Fortifies Your Immunity
The first thing that pops into your mind when you think of “healthy” is “immunity”. Well, you are in perfect luck because Vitamin C is lychee’s most significant vitamin and it contains more than 100% of the daily Vitamin C requirement. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps stimulate the activity of white blood cells and promotes cell regeneration.
Indulge your snack time with lychee and expect your toilet time to be easier and more comfortable! This fruit is rich in dietary fiber that bulks your stool and stimulates peristaltic motion of the smooth small intestine muscles for a smoother bowel movement. Lyche also increases the efficiency of the absorption of nutrition by promoting the production of gastric and digestive juices.
Improve Blood Circulation
Lyche contains a considerable amount of copper, a nutrient that is integral in the formation of RBC therefore, it amplifies blood circulation and increases the oxygenation of the organs and cells.
Lychee-vanilla coconut cooler
10–12 fresh lychees, peeled
2 cups coconut milk
1 1/4 cups almond or hemp milk
Pinch of salt
1-inch piece of vanilla bean, scraped
1/2 to 3/4 cup black tapioca pearls
Bring four cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Throw in the tapioca pearls and boil for about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes more. Remove from the water and place into a container. Cover with fresh water and place a lid on it and refrigerate until you are ready to use it.
Combine all of the other ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Transfer to a container and place in the refrigerator to chill.
About an hour before serving, place it in the freezer. Add some of the tapioca pearls to the cooler before serving.
Ginger is a flowering plant that flourishes in Southeast Asia. It has been used as a traditional and alternative medicine in several forms for many years, therefore earning its title as one of the world’s healthiest spices!
Let’s find out what makes this spice special!
Ginger contains gingerol, a compound that makes up its spicy and pungent flavor, and it contains antioxidant properties that help boost your immune system.
Prevents Heart Disease
Ginger contains an antioxidant called phytonutrient and it is known for its anti-inflammatory prowess. This compound can lower blood pressure & cholesterol, therefore, protecting you from heart-related diseases.
Relief for Upset Stomach
Ginger has been linked to numerous digestive benefits, particularly acting on parts of your GI tract responsible for feelings of nausea, stomach upset, and vomiting. So if your tummy feels off the charts, try sipping on a hot ginger tea.
Ease Period Pain
Ginger tea can work wonders in relieving pain and period pain is no exception! A sip of ginger tea can also soothe nausea during that time of the month.
Carrot Ginger Soup
1 yellow onion
4 cups chopped carrots (1 3/4 pounds or about 12 large carrots)
1 ½ tablespoon peeled and minced ginger root (about 1-inch nub)
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups vegetable broth
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 pinch cinnamon
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup full fat coconut milk
Dice the onion. Peel and chop the carrots. Peel the ginger with a spoon, then mince it.
In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the ginger, carrots, vegetable broth, garlic powder, cinnamon and salt and bring to a boil. Then simmer until the carrots are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Carefully transfer the hot soup to a blender using a ladle (or use an immersion blender). Add the coconut milk and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Serve swirled with a drizzle of coconut milk and topped with fresh cilantro.
One of the top foods that pop into mind when you think of healthy eating is probably broccoli! This cruciferous vegetable is good for all the right reasons. It is delicious, easy to incorporate with other dishes, and it contains powerful nutrients that are healthy for people of all ages.
Read on and learn about the health benefits of broccoli along with an appetizing recipe.
Broccoli can counter the negative effects of UV rays through its antioxidant compounds. It also contains lutein and zeaxanthin which protect the eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts.
Cruciferous veggies including broccoli are powerful foods that fend off inflammation and reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases. Existing inflammatory conditions are no exception from this benefit which includes type 2 diabetes, obesity, bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and skin conditions.
Fiber For Life
Stronger guts, more glory! Broccoli is rich in fiber which fortifies the ability of your digestive system to smoothly digest and excrete waste. This can lead to a stronger immune system and a swifter response to inflammation.
Just like carrots, broccoli is rich in lutein which can help protect your eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts.
Vegan Broccoli Soup
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
1 small yellow onion, diced
½ cup chopped celery
⅓ cup chopped carrots
1 lb. broccoli, stems diced, florets chopped
1 small yukon gold potato, diced (1 cup)
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups vegetable broth
½ cup raw cashews
1½ teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
¼ cup fresh dill
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 small baking sheets with parchment paper.
Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrots, broccoli stems, salt, and pepper and sauté until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the potatoes and garlic and stir, then add the broth and simmer for 20 minutes until the potatoes are soft. Let cool slightly.
Set aside 1 cup of the broccoli florets to roast as a topping for the soup. Place the remaining florets in a steamer basket, and set over a pot with 1-inch of water. Bring the water to a simmer, cover, and let steam 5 minutes, until the broccoli is tender.
Meanwhile, place the reserved broccoli florets on the baking sheet. Toss with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and roast until the broccoli is tender and browned around the edges, 10 to 15 minutes.
Transfer the soup to the blender and add the cashews, apple cider vinegar, and mustard, and blend until creamy. Work in batches, if necessary. Add the steamed broccoli florets, dill, and lemon juice, and pulse until the broccoli is incorporated but still chunky. The soup should be thick; if it’s too thick, add 1/2 cup water to thin to your desired consistency.
Season to taste and serve the soup in bowls with the roasted broccoli.
Rosemary is a well-known culinary aromatic and its usage stretches far beyond the kitchen due to a myriad of health benefits. As the health industry continues to push its research on safer alternative medicine, rosemary is no exception as one of the best candidates in this matter. In fact, more companies are manufacturing this herb in different forms from essential oil to capsules.
Here are the health benefits of rosemary:
Sometimes, anti has a negative connotation but in this case, this is what makes this herb highly potent due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial abilities. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory prowess of rosemary is largely ascribed to polyphenolic compounds like rosmarinic acid and carnosic acid which help protect your body from oxidative damage and inflammation.
Memory and Mood Enhancer
Drinking rosemary tea or inhaling the scent of this herb can boost your mood and reduce anxiety. Moreover, rosemary extract helps balance out the good bacteria in your guts and reduces inflammation in your hippocampus, a part of your brain that is linked to your memories, learning, and emotions.
Regulates Your Blood Sugar
An unhealthy level of blood sugar can affect numerous sections of your body such as the eyes, kidneys, heart, and nervous system. This is why it is imperative to monitor your blood sugar level.
Rosemary contains carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid which promotes the absorption of glucose into muscle cells, lowering blood sugar.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and do you ever wonder why turkey is the most served food during this special occasion? It actually traces back to the 19th century when the turkey become a favorite first because it was plentiful and second because hens and cows were more useful for their produce (eggs, milk) rather than their meat; and third, a single turkey can feed a whole family.
Beyond the bountiful history of this food is a flock of nutrients waiting to be discovered including a healthy turkey recipe!
Reinforces your Immune System
Turkey is rich in selenium, an antioxidant that promotes a healthy heart and thyroid.
Source of Protein
Aside from reinforcing your muscle growth, this abundance in protein also assists in regulating insulin levels and preventing fatigue.
Ever wonder why after a hefty bite of turkey makes you feel sleepy? That’s because this meat is rich in the amino acid L-tryptophan which promotes serotonin and melatonin. So if you are having a hard time sleeping, you might want to have a mouthful of turkey-enriched food beforehand.
Not recognized for vision like carrots or squash but turkey can help improve your eyesight and protect your eyes from cataracts due to the zinc and the B-vitamin Niacin.
Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili with Butternut Squash
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 (28 ounces) can no-salt-added organic crushed tomatoes
1 (14 ounces) can organic kidney beans, rinsed
1 large onion, diced
4 cups cubed butternut squash
1 cup water
¼ cup tomato paste
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh garlic
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne
½ cup sliced scallions, for serving
Hot sauce, for serving
Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add turkey and cook, breaking it up into chunks, until no longer pink, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.
Add tomatoes, kidney beans, onion, squash, water, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, garlic, cinnamon, salt and cayenne to the slow cooker; stir to combine. Cover and cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours.
Remove lid and stir to combine. Serve hot, topped with scallions and hot sauce, if desired.
What lies beyond the fertile ground is a purple root vegetable filled with valuable nutrition and detoxifying properties that every single person on this planet can surely love!
It’s time to uproot the secrets of beet and uncover a special recipe inside this article.
Beets or Beetroot is rich in a purple-crimson pigment called betacyanin. This agent is a powerful asset of the plant as it can suppress the development of cancer including bladder cancer.
The betacyanin in beets remains one of the mightiest antioxidants in a vegetable due to its high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which protects cells from damage that can cause heart disease and cancer.
Looking for a shot of energy boost? Well, beat it because beetroot is the answer! The nitrate in beetroot helps deliver more oxygen to the muscles, therefore, it will help the muscles to recover faster.
Beets are a wellspring of glutamine, an amino acid that is crucial in maintaining and keeping our digestive system healthy. It is also abundant in fiber which keeps the bowel movement smooth and supports the beneficial bacteria that surrounds the gut.
Don’t like to eat beets? If you’d like to get the benefits of beets without the taste, my favorite go-to beet supplement is Betafood by Standard Process – I use this to help support the liver and as a part of my protocols for my athletes to assist with endurance!
Mushroom and Root Vegetable Stew [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
1 chopped onion
4 Chioggia beets
4 yellow beets
4 red beets
2 carrots, cut into pieces
5 Jerusalem artichokes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 bay leaves
1 cup of red wine (vegan)
6 cups of vegetable stock
A pinch of salt
15 mushrooms of your choice
Parsley, for garnish
Start by finely chopping the onion and fry over medium heat in a heavy saucepan.
Peel and cut the beets, carrots, and artichoke. When the onions are lightly browned add the beets, carrots, and artichoke and fry for a few minutes. Add the tomato purée and stir, then pour over the wine and broth. Let simmer for 40 minutes.
Wash and cut the mushrooms into fine pieces. Fry in a frying pan, without oil first, and then when the mushroom water cooks out (takes a few minutes), pour in a little vegetable oil and fry so that they get a nice golden color.
Taste the stew and add salt and pepper, if needed. Garnish with parsley and fried mushrooms.
Mostly mistaken as sweet potato, yam is running on a league of its own. Yam’s distinct characteristics include a cylindrical shape, bark-like skin texture, and its color varies from pink to purple to white or even yellow. It has over 600+ varieties and most of them are still grown in Africa where it originated.
Let us unearth the health treasures that this tuber has to offer!
Cancer fighter & anti-inflammatory
Yams contain an impressive amount of cancer-fighting properties, namely the antioxidants, in addition to their vitamins and minerals. These antioxidants also provide anti-inflammatory properties which fortify the ability to reduce colon cancer, ulcers, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Rich in iron and heart-friendly minerals
Yams keep your heart healthy by flushing out the excess sodium, therefore, reducing your risk of getting long-term diseases such as stroke, hypertension, and heart attack. Other minerals that support your heart are manganese and potassium which improve the condition of your blood vessels.
High iron and mineral contents make yams your companion in protecting you against anemia. The trace minerals can also improve your blood flow.
One of the many functions of Vitamin C is it safeguards your ocular (eye) health that further prevents the risk of macular degeneration.
Strong hair and nails
Yams are known to promote collagen production which keeps your skin firm and elastic; and your hair strong. Antioxidants along with Vitamin C, protect your body from free radicals preventing your skin from premature aging.
Healthy Candied Yams
1 yam cubed
1/4 cup organic orange juice
2 T maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 400.
Slice the yam into 1-inch cubes.
Throw them in a pot of boiling water for about 5-7 minutes until they are slightly underdone.
Transfer then yams to a greased baking pan. (For this recipe I used an 8X8 glass dish)
In a measuring cup, mix the orange juice, 1T maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Pour the mixture over the yams.
Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes.
For the last 2 minutes of cooking, pull the dish out and brush with the last T of maple syrup. Enjoy!
Ya’ll this paleo recipe is soooo good. If you want that buffalo chicken feel without the guilt of fried food, dairy, or gluten this will be your new jam. Whether you a just looking to eat healthy or add weight loss as one of your health goals, this recipe is here to serve all the feels. Serve my buffalo chicken dip on lettuce wraps, gluten free crackers, or just dip in with some veggie sticks. I hope you enjoy! – Dr Z
Want to see how I made this paleo recipe? If so, watch the video below!
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