Today’s Healthy Dose – Coconut Oil

I’m not a big fan of the flavor of coconut oil. (Not what you were expecting, eh?)  But I do love it for other things.  If you like the flavor of coconut, unrefined coconut oil is amazingly healthy! But here are my favorite uses:

  • For lip balm
  • For healing my problem cuticles
  • For any oddly dry patch of skin
  • As a foot and heal moisturizer
  • To remove tape from walls
  • To clean cast iron cookware (mixed with a little sea salt)
  • To erase paper plate residue and glass rings from wood furniture
  • Mixed with a little raw sugar as a shower scrub

There are probably more, but that should get you started 🙂

Today’s Healthy Dose – Spinach

I cannot stand the flavor of cooked spinach. But raw, it’s surprisingly without taste. Which makes it a perfect addition to smoothies. It’s a great way to get in those morning veggies, along with heaping doses of Vitamins A, C, & K, Magnesium, Iron and the full complement of B Vitamins, just to name a few.

And the best part? No one, not even your kids or your spouse, will know it’s there…

Today’s Healthy Dose – An Easy Switch

One simple thing you can do to improve your overall health right now is to throw away that table salt. Whatever you use, Mortons, Real, Diamond, do your body a favor and toss them right now.

Am I suggesting you give up salt? Absolutely not. The minerals in real salt are essential to good health. I’m suggesting you ditch the “almost” salt.  Because it’s the “almost” part that will kill ya.

When shopping for salt, instead of looking for brands, look for regions: Himalayan, Celtic Sea, Mediterranean, French. They’re all tasty, and they’re all high in minerals.

My favorite source? The San Fransisco Salt Co. (as a reminder, this is not a paid ad, they just happen to sell stuff I love!)

Today’s Healthy Dose – Stuff I Love

Today I’m adding a new category to A Healthy Dose. In the spirit of Julie Andrews, when the moment strikes, I will regale you with a few of my favorite things.

I want to assure you that these are not paid endorsements. I’m far to opinionated for that. These are products I actually love and use on a regular basis.

So, let’s talk about garlic. Organic garlic powder is easy, but there is just something about the real deal. The aroma, the healthy properties, the unmistakeable mouth feel and, of course, the flavor.

One thing I love is my garlic press. Many moons ago I bought an expensive one at a kitchen party, and I gotta admit, it’s lasted me for years. But you can find them anywhere. No need to peel your garlic, just pry a clove off the head, stuff it inside, clamp that baby shut, and voila! Beautifully minced garlic that falls right into the pan (or melted butter, or popcorn, or bloody mary).

Yum. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water!

 

Today’s Healthy Dose – EFA’s

EFA’s, aka Essential Fatty Acids, play an important part in your overall health. In fact, they’re ESSENTIAL. And because they’re fatty acids, they’re most commonly found in, you guessed it, FATS.

Here’s a list of just a few of the things these little gems are responsible for…

  • Formation of healthy cell membranes
  • Proper functioning of the brain and nervous system
  • Proper thyroid and adrenal activity
  • Hormone production
  • Joint mobility
  • Regulation of blood pressure, liver function, immune system, inflammatory response and blood clotting
  • Transport and breakdown of cholesterol
  • Healthy hair, nails and skin

Pure olive oil, real butter, nuts, unfiltered coconut oil, seeds, grass fed animals fats, pure palm oil, wild caught fish, avocados, grapeseed oil–it’s all good.

Canola oil, soybean oil, butter wanna-be’s, corn oil, vegetable oil–not so much.

Today’s Healthy Dose – Makin’ Bacon

Enough with the bacon bashing! Naturally cured bacon without any of those nasty “…trates” or “…fites” is super high in Omega 3’s, healthy protein, the full range of B vitamins, and several essential minerals. As an added bonus, bacon has that aroma and taste that make you feel…well, satisfied (some might say blissful), like you’ve eaten something truly yummy. Oh, wait. You have!

Go ahead, make some bacon 🙂

Today’s Healthy Dose – What’s in Season?

It’s summer – the best time of year to eat fresh foods! Many of us can buy almost any produce year round, but buying  locally grown fruits and veggies, in season, is the healthiest and tastiest way to go. Many local farmers employ organic methods without the certification. Just hit up the farmers market and ask. And there are so many options this time of year…

In alpha order:

  • Apricots
  • Arugula
  • Avocados
  • Beets
  • Berries
  • Chard
  • Cherries
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Figs
  • Green Beans
  • Herbs
  • Lettuce
  • Melons
  • Nectarines
  • Okra
  • Peaches
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

Whew. No excuses now!