Sage Advice

Recently my boyfriend bought some Duck ‘n Sage sausage from the local home-grown ranch. It was fantastic. We’ve had it twice now–the first time with risotto and steamed baby broccoli for dinner then today for breakfast with sauteed sweet Walla Walla onions, red pepper and eggs. A great egg scramble to start a lazy Sunday!

Since I ate these delicious sausages I’ve been obsessed with sage. The color the smell, the flavor–it calms me. I bought some tried sage from Whole Foods a few days ago and have been adding a dash of it to everything from salads to sandwiches, and couscous.

So while I eat this lovely herb and relish everything in it. What benefit is it giving my body?

Sage Madeleines

The scientific name is Salvia officinalis meaning “to be saved.” It comes from the same family as rosemary which means it has many of the same properties including flavonoids which are anti-inflammatories. The one in sage also serves as an antioxidant. These element give it a unique capacity for stabilizing oxygen-related metabolism and preventing oxygen-based damage to the cells. Increased intake of sage as a seasoning in food is recommended for persons with inflammatory conditions (like rheumatoid arthritis),as well as bronchial asthma, and atherosclerosis.

Sage advice: it improves memory! There’s a reason that knowledge people take on the pet name “sage”–they offer wisdom because the herb sage inhibits the neuropathway that is known to be associated with memory loss and alzheimers disease.

From aromatherapy we learn sage benefits:

  • Gynecological problems such as endometriosis, history of miscarriages, and regulating the menstrual cycle
  • Useful for menopausal problems especially hot flushes
  • Good for water retention
  • Can help with constipation
  • Tonic for the digestive system, liver, and kidneys
  • Helps clear mucous so is good for colds and bronchitis
  • Could ease tired muscles

Personality:

  • Clears deep fears and violence
  • Can bring out people’s dreams and make things seem more clear
  • For people who cannot release emotions such as anger
  • Good for people with strong weaknesses

How to enjoy:
Sweet Potato Gnocchi w/Sage 

Chicken and Sage Roasted Vegetables 

Sage & Brown butter Madeleines 

 

 

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People are Fun…

Ever though of doing something random? Make it nice. Make it inspiring. Why not connect with the millions of people around you by just simply being fun, being genuine and creative? These guys did…

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Beauty site review

             After reading one of my new favorite blogs, No More Dirty Looks, and promising myself to turn pure ‘n green  again, I decided to pamper myself with some recommended products. They are from the site I am  recommending in this review SPIRIT Beauty Lounge.  Selling everything from yoga and whole living equipment  to perfumes, moisturizers, makeup and deodorant, I’m loving their selection! All cruelty-free (leaping bunny approved!), many vegan, and all very pure. You can order samples, you can ask for advice, and the ordering process is easy fast and satisfying. Plenty of well-known magazines and beauty guides have reviewed the products on their site. It seems to be a gold mine for healthy beauty. Needless to say, I’m a fan of this place…let’s just say when in need I’ll be dropping more cash there.

Click me to visit the Spirit Beauty Lounge website

Like any beauty place, I am hesitant to spend a lot on their pretty looking and delux sounding creams and tonics, etc. So I started with three simple products I needed anyway. I bought organic deodorant, pure mineral foundation powder makeup, and some new face wash. My order arrived yesterday and I’m stoked to try the cache! It came with a little goodie bag stuffed with samples of other lovelies. In a day or two (after some quality time with my new goods), I’ll review the product and more suggestions!

For now, stay pure.

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Eat vs. Skip–don’t yoyo

Don't eat like a rabbit!

As a woman conscious of her weight, I have succumb to the idea that skipping meals/eating less will make me lose weight. WRONG! That mentality couldn’t be more WRONG! I’m sure you’ve heard that before, but here are a few more reasons why starving yourself is bad for you.

  1. Skipping meals destroys your willpower. When you become over hungry you become ravenous and eventually dive into anything you can get your paws on. While you may be minded to grab an apple or some healthy little carrots, when your body desperately needs food you go for the fat–chips, cookies, hot dogs, etc.
  2. You’ll chow down. Letting your body get over hungry makes you devour your food once in hand. If you do not slow down, enjoy and taste your food you will barely know you’re eating it–yup, your brain won’t even know which will cause you to over eat and be less satiated.
  3. Skipping meals makes your body want to pig out to save energy for the next famine. Don’t pig out! A weekend of alcohol, burgers and cake will sabotage all of your efforts. Research shows that it takes 3 days for your body to get back on track with insulin product (controls fat storage) after a binge.
  4. When you’re body is overly hungry you crave salt. You reach for the chips. It takes your body weeks to wean off of salt-cravings so don’t bounce right back.
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Hey Beauties…eat for happy ovaries

Get your ginkgo!

It’s a no-brainer that what you eat affects how your body feels. Stuff down a greasy burger and you feel like a piece of cow

For dairy choose 1%

cud all squishy and sloppy. Go for a green protein shake and you might feeling like a green lean machine. My point is that you are what you eat–you can control how your body feels. Same situation for all you beautiful ladies who experience symptoms from the lovely syndrome officially known as “that time of the month.”

Here are a few pointers on how to eat to tame your period:

Milk & dairy–Turns out calcium can reduce muscle spasms and soothe tension and also can help lessen PMS symptoms like mood swings, anxiety, and irritability.

Ginkgo Biloba–This herb contains flavonoids, which reduce inflamma-tion and increase blood flow. For many it helps reduce bloating and puffiness. *Careful on this one, some people get nauseous from it.

Bananas–We all know they have a lot of potassium which helps ward off cramps. In addition they provide vitamin B6, a hormone regulator that may help reduce water retention, depression.

Spinach–Not getting enough magnesium can trigger migraine headaches and make you feel fatigued. Eat 1 cup of spinach which contains 40% of your DRI.

Go Poppey and down those leafy greens

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Duck eggy dreams

“This recipe is certainly silly. It says to separate the eggs, but it doesn’t say how far to separate them.” ~Gracie Allen

Eggs have many health benefits. To list a few:

  • Eggs are great for the eyes; may prevent macular degeneraton due to the carotenoid content, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin. Both nutrients are more readily available to our bodies from eggs than from other sources.
  • They are a good source of choline. One egg yolk has about 300 micrograms of choline. Choline is an important nutrient that helps regulate the brain, nervous system, and cardiovascular system.
  • Eggs are one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D.
  • Eggs promote healthy hair and nails because of their high sulphur content and wide array of vitamins and minerals. Many people find their hair growing faster after adding eggs to their diet, especially if they were previously deficient in foods containing sulphur or B12.
  • Add more…
Now why do I bring this up? 1) I’m in the hunt for some fresh duck eggs in San Diego–I love them. And because 2) the activity below is fun:

This is simple and a fun little way to make someone smile

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Mushroom Risotto

I learned a good lesson about risotto while creating this recipe–a creamy ingredient is key!! Trail and error prevail. I first made this recipe without the addition of gouda cheese right at the end…it was clearly missing something to give an extra-yummy factor. I went back in and added the chunks of gouda, let them melt and then the risotto had arrived! Moral of the story…despite how health & low fat you’re trying to make risotto (most recipes call for cream and butter), you need something fatty to give it richness. Recipe below: 

Mushroom Risotto
created by Me

Ingredients

  • 1 cup risotto
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups mushrooms (I used crimini but you choose)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup organic mushroom soup
  • 4 oz. smoked gouda cheese
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 tsp sage (dry or fresh, chopped)
  • salt & pepper to taste
Creation
  1. Boil 4+ cups water in a kettle
  2. Meanwhile in a large saucepan add olive oil, garlic, mushrooms and risotto. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes stirring constantly so rice does not burn.
  3. Add 1 cup of boiling water and all spices, bay leaves and let reduce down. Continue to add 1 cup of water each time letting the rice soak up almost all the moisture. Continue through all 4 cups of water.
  4. Stir constantly!
  5. Once the risotto is simmering from the last cup of water add mushroom soup and cheese. Let melt.
  6. Serve & enjoy!
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