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5-Minute Homemade Hummus

5-Minute Homemade Hummus Recipe😋🌿

Ingredients:
-1 can chickpeas, rinsed
-1 clove garlic
-1/4 cup olive oil
-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice🍋
-2 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste – optional)
-1 tsp ground cumin
-Sea salt
-1/4 tsp paprika

Instructions:
In a food processor, purée the chickpeas and garlic with the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, and 3/4 tsp salt until smooth & creamy. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water as necessary to achieve the desired consistency. Transfer to a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika before serving. Yum!

What’s Trending – Smart Watches

We’re loving the growing trend of smart watches (ie: Fit Bits, Apple Watches) in the health and wellness community. Not only do they track workouts, they also keep us accountable and aware. Here are some benefits of owning a Smart Watch🤓⏰

1. They keep track (and motivate you) to reach your daily steps goal
2. They remind you when to get to sleep
3. You can wear it in the shower, so you never really have to take it off
4. Smart watches track your workouts and how many calories you’ve burned
5. They encourage you to take little active breaks throughout the day, which is great for our metabolism (and mental stamina)
6. They can monitor certain health conditions including blood pressure, heart rate, and fall detection
7. You can reply to text messages faster and receive calls instantly
8. A smart watch will also log your social media notifications
9. Most watches provide an emergency SOS feature in case of emergency
10. They also offer a great GPS feature in real-time to track location (some parents utilize this feature on their children’s watches)

The Benefits of Being Outside on Mental Health

A simple walk in the outdoors can do wonders for our mental health; leaving us calmer, more relaxed, and more focused. Time outside has been studied and proven to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Contact with nature has restorative properties, increases energy, and improves feelings of vitality and focus. It has been proven to reduce symptoms of ADHD, improve creativity, and restore capacity for concentration and attention. It can also improve sleep quality and help reset our circadian rhythm (by waking up to natural sunlight vs artificial light.) Nature can also help with the grief process by improving self-awareness and positively affecting our moods. Get outside and reap all of these amazing benefits! ☀️🌱🐻🌷🌊

Herbal Tinctures

What Are The Benefits Of Herbal Tinctures? 

🌱Fast way to deliver medicine throughout the body
🌱Very concentrated, so requires less amount of medicine to consume
🌱Quick and convenient
🌱One of the only ways to get fresh, herbal medicines
🌱Very potent when dealing with acute manifestation conditions such as pain or anxiety
🌱Easier to digest and breakdown compared to capsules or tablets
🌱Tinctures are long lasting and have a much longer shelf life than fresh or dried herbs

Cold Busting Soup Recipe

Cold Busting Soup Recipe🍜

With flu season still looming over us, we’re sharing this Cold Busting Soup Recipe. It’s packed with Vitamin C to help reduce symptoms and anti-inflammatory fatty acids. The perfect meal for a sick day.

Ingredients:
-1 cup basmati rice
-2 tbsp garlic-infused olive oil
-4 big handfuls of spinach
-1 cup frozen corn
-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
-2 1/2 cups cooked, diced chicken (can used canned)
-5 cups water
-2 chicken bouillon cubes
-1/2 cup coconut milk

Instructions:
1. Cook basmati rice in a rice cooker, salt if desired
2. Sauté spinach on the stove top in garlic-infused olive oil until soft
3. Microwave frozen corn until defrosted
4. Pour regular olive oil in a large pot with cooked, diced chicken
5. Add the rice, spinach, and corn & cook on low
6. Boil water and add chicken bouillon cubes and coconut milk
7. Add the broth to the pot and cook on low for 10 minutes
8. Enjoy!

What Can Yoga Do For Your Body?

Yoga is an awesome tool to keep your body and mind healthy. Physical benefits include increased flexibility, muscle strength and tone, maintaining a well-balanced metabolism, cardio and circulatory health, and protection from injuries. Mental benefits of yoga include managing stress, reaching a more positive outlook on life, providing mental clarity and calmness, body awareness, centers the mind, and sharpens concentration.

Enjoy this 30 minute morning yoga for flexibility when you’re in need of a full body yoga stretch.

What’s Trending – Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar🍎 has been growing as the most popular type of vinegar in the natural health community for great reasons. Many of its benefits are supported with science including aiding in weight loss, lower blood sugar levels, killing bacteria, and promoting clear skin. Several studies show that the vinegar provides increased feelings of fullness, resulting in eating fewer calories per day. It also can lead to metabolic changes that support weight loss and curb your sweet tooth! 🍬

ACV lowers blood sugar levels by increasing the efficiency of insulin in breaking down sugar, even during a higher carb meal. The vinegar has powerful antibacterial properties that can kill harmful viruses and even improve facial and body acne. We recommend 1-2 tbsp daily.

Sourced from: Rd.com

Busy Moms and Dads

Busy Moms and Dads have a lot to juggle! Ensuring you’re energized and feeling your best will help keep things running smoothly. We’ve all heard it before, but you really do have to care for yourself to be able to care for those you love. 👩🏼🧔🏻🌿

Thyroid Hormones

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic talking about the importance of Thyroid Hormone Testing.

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PMS Got You Down?

Irregular cycles, PMS, acne, or painful cramps… while these are incredibly common they are not normal. In fact, they are signs of hormonal imbalances. Often, midol or birth control seem like the only solution, but we can do better than that. Let’s get your hormones in check and kiss PMS goodbye! 💋