If you aren’t eating garlic regularly, I’ve got a few reasons you might want to reconsider. Garlic is an easy way to add flavor to your food, but aside from that, garlic has quite a lot of health benefits that make it worth keeping as a staple in your kitchen. Keep reading for 7 of the top health benefits of eating garlic.
What makes garlic so special to begin with?
Scientists now believe that most of the health benefits from garlic are related to the amount of sulphur, and special compounds that are formed from the sulphur whenever garlic is crushed or chewed. These compounds enter the body through the digestive tract and then travel around the body where needed. The natural sulphur in garlic is also what gives it the wonderfully pungent and recognizable aroma that you may or may not enjoy. So let’s get into the benefits…
Confused on how to use herbs and spices? No worries, a lot of people are. Herbs and spices can completely change anything they're added to, and it's a shame they don't get used more outside of restaurants. You'll be a little underwhelmed making Mexican food without Mexican spices, or Italian food without Italian herbs. That's how you get flavor in your food! Herbs and spices make everything taste better, they're simple to use, and you can use them to easily give your food some ethnic flavor. I've put together a handy herb and spices list, organized by cuisines, to help turn your boring vegetables into a delicious, well-flavored ethnic dish.
I feel like nobody gets excited about zucchini but me. Personally, I think you guys are missing out big time. I’m not sure why it’s such a blah vegetable (it’s technically a fruit, but that’s we’ll ignore that) because zucchini has a lot of nutritional benefits and can be really tasty if prepared correctly.
When cooked right, zucchini is tender and juicy, with a fresh and delicate taste. It’s great with just some oil and simple herbs like thyme or basil. I love to toss cooked pieces with some fresh tomato together in a big spoonful of pesto for an easy salad.
Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? You aren’t alone. Somewhere between 25% – 33% of Americans (and I!) are struggling with you! So, today I'm giving some of my own personal insomniac tips on how to sleep better and faster. While everyone is different, I do feel like I have tried quite a lot of remedies for better sleep in the years that I've battled insomnia. Some with success, some not, and some I still do today. Right now I struggle a lot with going back to sleep after waking in the middle of the night, but I've gone through just about every scenario you can image over the years, so I've had quite a lot of opportunities to test things out. Here are some of the things that I’ve found over the past 6 years that help me have a better chance of sleeping better and falling asleep faster.
I read recently that 90% of Americans don’t get the recommended amount of daily fruits and vegetables. If that's true....wow. I’m pretty sure I have been one of those people at times in my life, but I've found an easy way to change that and stick to it.
Plant based is how I would choose to define my diet now, if anyone were to ask. Plant based is a newer term in the “diet” world, and it seems like different people are using it different ways…including me I guess. I see a lot of folks using it to describe basically a vegan diet, without the label of vegan, but I’m a little more casual about it than that. I wanted to talk about that today....my version of the difference between plant based and vegan. Plant BASED is based around eating plants, but it’s not exclusive. And honestly, that what has been so damn easy about it.
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