National More Herbs Less Salt Day

In the past I have written quite a few articles about the benefits of herbs.  You can read about them here … here …and here.

It just so happens that today is also the day that I have decided to get back on track once again.  For some reason I am just never very good at sticking to my weight loss goals during the summer months.  But I am happy to say that this summer, due to all the activity it has brought,  I have managed to only gain back 10 of the 28 pounds that I lost at the beginning of the year.

I keep falling off the horse but the important part is that I keep dusting myself off and getting back on.  And on and on and on….

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I have missed Zumba tremendously!  And probably would have stuck with it had the room, in which it is performed, didn’t get to be 100*F by May.   I prefer to have a cold enviroment to work out in which is why on most 32*F mornings you will catch me out walking the neighborhood.

So as it being National More Herbs Less Salt Day, what a better day to start my health and fitness goals up again.  I said that 2016 was going to be my year and I still have 4 months to go.  I know that I can do this.

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I have got the FitBit all charged up and ready and as soon as I drop the kids off for their first day of school this mama is off to the gym.  Now I will do good all week with my eating habits and no alcohol but come the weekend, we are attending a Red Sox baseball game where yes I will be indulging in clam chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl and consuming large amounts of beer.  And that will be my last hoorah with alcohol for 30 days.

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Yeah I wish I looked this good as a hot mess

I am going to find a 30 day cleanse and stick to it.  This will include a lot of smoothies with a lot of herbs in them.  I was just in the garden last night picking fresh spinach and basil.  Basil grows like a weed in case anyone is interested.  I cleaned out my garden beds at the beginning of spring.  Broke up all the soil.  And even put some new soil in there and the basil from last year…CAME BACK!

Here’s to getting on a health kick once again….(to be continued)

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5 Uses For Various Herbs ~ Part 1

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Uses For Herbs

Starting Monday I am going to get out my juicer, scrub dust it off, and get back into the habit of getting on track again.  It’s been a hot and busy summer and that’s about the only excuse I have as to why I have sat on my lazy ass not been staying on track.

In the weeks to come for #foodpornthursdays I am going to be sharing uses for various herbs in juicing, in alphabetical order,  and their health benefits.  I will also be testing them out in various juices and smoothies.  So please make sure to check back each week for an herbal update…

*Alfalfa ~ Can be planted as a perennial and easily grows in most parts of North America.  Can also be found as sprouted seeds in most supermarkets.

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*alfalfa*

Alfalfa can be used as a great resource of nutrition and helps promote strong teeth, bones, and connective tissue.  It also contains large amounts of chlorophyll which can heal wounds and even generate new skin growth. It can be used whole or dried in juicing and smoothies.  And as we all know, it tastes fabulous on sandwiches!

*Basil ~ Grows with large green leaves and sometimes topped with a stalk shape of flowers, which all can be used.  It helps in soothing digestion and stimulates the adrenal gland.  You can get it in fresh or dried form. I planted some in the early summer and it has absolutely taken over half of one of my garden boxes. I put it in just about everything these days. Can be used in it’s entire form for juicing, smoothies and even cooking.

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*basil*

*Catnip ~ also known as the cat’s meow marijuana weed pot favorite comes with upright branched stems of leaves and white flowers in a tube-like shape.

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*catnip*

It can be used to lower fevers and is often taken before bedtime to aid with sleep.  Therefore I wouldn’t use it in a morning juice when looking for energy.  Catnip can also be used for diarrhea, upset stomach, and even colic.  It can be grown but usually it’s found in dried form in health stores.

Catnip can be used in the form of a tea to help with ailments such as menstrual cramps, indigestion, nervous conditions, hives, and even the common cold.

Cinnamon Herbs Juicing
*cinnamon*

*Cinnamon ~ Most commonly known to be sprinkled on top of our lattes from the local coffee shop, cinnamon comes from the inner bark of a laurel-like tree.  It can be found in stick or powdered form in most supermarkets.  It has been known to aid in digestion and irritable bowel syndrome.  Also can help relieve upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea.  Recent studies have shown it to aid in the help of lowering cholesterol and even blood sugar.

Cumin Herb Juicing
*cumin*

*Cumin ~ An inflorescence of small pink or white flowers, with prickly oval seeds, which also derives from the parsley family.  It is most commonly used in Spanish, Mexican, and Indian cuisine and the aroma is very distinctive. Cumin helps aid with digestion, an antispasmodic and has even been known to increase milk supply in breastfeeding mothers.  It can also be used in a glass of water to gargle with if you have laryngitis.  It comes either in a seed or powdered form in most grocery stores.

Please note:  I am not an herb specialist, physician, doctor, or nutritionist.  This is information I gathered to share with you, and anything you ingest can have possible side effects or a personal reaction to it.

Thanks For Reading,

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Protein Smoothie

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I like to have these smoothies after a good workout at the gym.  They are packed with flavor and the protein needed to replenish that which was lost.

You will need

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  • 2 small frozen bananas.  I peel and slice my bananas and then put them in the freezer.  They are great to whoop up for a delicious summer treat for the kiddos too.
  • 2 Tbsp of peanut butter.  Creamy style.
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 scoop of whey protein powder.  It comes in chocolate and vanilla flavored.
  • 1 cup greek style yogurt
  • 1 tsp of agave nectar
  • Handful of ice cubes

Throw all the ingredients into a blender and blend well.

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Enjoy!

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