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Foods To Fight The Common Cold
Foods to Fight The Common Cold: About 3 months ago I laid out my plans for writing this blog and went ahead and predetermined what topics I would write about each week (one less thing to think about!). Who knew that I would come down with my first cold of the season the very week I would be writing about this topic! Talk about hands on experience. Let’s just say I will absolutely be taking this information to heart as I proceed into the coming weeks. As you guys know, the temperatures have dropped, and we are definitely into the fall/winter season now. Another way of saying that is we are officially into cold and flu season (yippee 😊). This weeks blog will highlight foods that will help you get through this season in one piece. I separated them into 2 categories: “Before/After” and “During” to help you better prepare and prioritize based upon most immediate need.  The “Before/After” category focuses on foods that help build and strengthen your immune system, in hopes that you will fend off or avoid getting sick in the first place. The “During” category focuses on foods to help ease pain and encourage healing once you have gotten sick. I will be utilizing the “During” category this week as I try and push this cold away. Before And/Or After A Cold Strikes: Avocados- You want your body’s baseline vitamin and antioxidant tank to be full. Avocados pack a one-two punch in that they contain both! More specifically, avocados contain vitamin E, which helps keeps the vessels within your body working properly. Dark, leafy greens- Fresh, whole or raw dark, leafy greens are great sources of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients that help strengthen the immune system. Processing these greens is not recommended as it can denature many of those antioxidants and nutrients. Yogurt- Yogurt contains probiotics (the good bacteria!). A large part of our immune system is in our gut, so having enough healthy bacteria in there is crucial for optimal functioning. Oats- Oats contain a fiber called beta-glucan, which is well known for its cholesterol-reducing and immune-enhancing powers. They are also high in amino acids, (the building blocks of protein), and therefore the building blocks of antibodies! During A Cold: Citrus fruits- Citrus fruits are highly concentrated with Vitamin C which helps keeps our body’s immune system working optimally. Vitamin C will reduce the amount of time you suffer from the cold. Ginger- Raw ginger root is an herb that is known to improve the body’s blood circulation, calm the respiratory system and reduces inflammation. Because of this, ginger is specifically said to treat the coughing and fever that typically accompany colds. Garlic- This one is an oldy but goodie. And not one we think of often. Garlic acts as a decongestant and operates as an antioxidant. Lean proteins- The benefit here lies in the fact that proteins help build the antibodies that fight off illness! I hope this has been helpful! I am going to go sip some ginger tea and take my Mucinex now. Head on over to the recipe page for a delicious garlic shrimp dish. This dish highlights 3 of the helpful ingredients talked about today (garlic, lean protein and citrus fruit). Top with avocado and you will have yourself on powerful meal!  
Matcha Madness!
A new trend I have noticed in food recently is the influx of “matcha” products. I have to be honest, when it first started appearing on menus I had no idea what it was. So I did what all intelligent people do when they don’t know something…I googled it 😊. Matcha is the ground powder of specifically grown and processed green tea leaves. The word matcha actually means “powdered tea.” Because matcha is grown differently than regular green tea leaves it has a different nutrient profile, specifically more caffeine and antioxidants as it is made from the entire tea leaf. A single serving of matcha surprisingly equates to ten cups of green tea. So basically, it’s green tea, but better. Let’s take a closer look at some of the health benefits this powerful powder offers! Benefits: 1)       High in antioxidants - matcha is rich in catechins, natural antioxidants found in teas. Certain catechins have actually been found to have a 137 times greater presence in matcha than in other types of green tea. 2)       Boosts brain function- Thanks to the caffeine and L-theanine content, matcha has been found to improve attention, reaction time and memory, especially in the elderly. 3)       Helps with weight loss- Green tea is well known for its positive effects on weight loss. Benefits include faster metabolism and increased fat burning ability. And although most of the studies that elicited these results focused on green tea extract, matcha should have the same effect as it is made from the same plant. You can incorporate this powder into your diet in a variety of ways. Traditional matcha tea can be made by combining 1–2 tsp. of matcha with 2 ounces of hot water and mixing it together with a bamboo whisk. Now I know what you are thinking, do I have to use a bamboo whisk? The answer is, it’s up to you. But research shows that metal whisks tend to pass on a metallic taste to the matcha powder whereas bamboo whisks do not. This is not an exact science though so feel free to adjust the powder to water ratio based on your taste preferences. Matcha is known to have an “earthy” flavor so don’t feel bad if you don’t love it at first. If you want to incorporate this ingredient into your diet in a less concentrated way, try making a matcha latte, pudding or protein smoothie. One thing you will want to mention to your clients or keep in the back of your own mind is that this product is best had in moderation. Excessive amounts of matcha have been found to cause liver problems so stick to one or two cups per day and buy this product in organic form to ensure safe ingestion! Head on over to the recipe page and check out the Berry Topped Matcha Chia Seed Pudding! It’s always fun trying new things!
Health Benefits of Pumpkin
  October is upon us and the first image that comes to my mind when I think about October is… pumpkins. Bright orange, sometimes white, peach even yellow at times decorate front porches, fireplace mantles, and fall festivals around your community. And even though I still refuse to buy my own real pumpkins in this 90 degree heat, I have decorated my fireplace mantle (in my lovely airconditioned home) with a variety of plastic pumpkins to help get the fall spirit flowing. Another way people engage this seasonal staple is through cooking and baking! Everywhere you look now there is a pumpkin spice flavored food or drink. Some favorites of mine include pumpkin bread/muffins, pumpkin rolls, and pumpkin pie (I have a sweet tooth, can you tell? 😊). Some of the more outlandish ones I have seen in stores include pumpkin spiced cheerios, pumpkin spice oreos, and pumpkin spice frosted flakes. Seems to be a bit much for me, but nonetheless, this ingredient is obviously a favorite among the people. And you are bound to come upon this topic in your practice whether it be through a conversation with a patient/client or even through chit chatting with your fellow coworkers. One question that I often hear is, “Doesn’t pumpkin have a lot of health benefits?” And my answer is always a resounding, “Yes!” But to take it one step further I have gathered the specific health benefits this fruit (yes, fruit!) brings to the table so you can help educate those you meet. See below the health benefits of both pumpkin and pumpkin seeds! Health Benefits of Pumpkin: 1)       Pumpkin is rich in carotenoids, which is known for keeping your immune system strong 2)       One of those carotenoids, beta-carotene, is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. It helps prevent cholesterol build up in artery walls and gives the pumpkin its yellow/orange color. 3)       Another carotenoid pumpkin is rich in, alpha-carotene, is believed to slow the aging process. 4)       Pumpkins have been known to reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a serious eye problem than usually results in blindness. 5)       Pumpkin helps lower the risk of hypertension thanks in part to it’s potassium content   Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds: 1)       They promote overall prostate health 2)       They are comprised of L-tryptophan, a compound that has been found to be effective against combating depression. 3)       Research has shown that they help prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation. 4)       There phytosterol content helps reduce LDL cholesterol levels   Sounds like its time to get cooking (or baking)! Make something for a work potluck or host a cooking demo for clients and get the conversation started. There is a pumpkin roll recipe waiting for you over on the recipe page right now! Happy eating!