There are so many great health products that I'm dying to share with all of you! Which is why I've decided to write my Love List for November a bit early 😊
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A ready-made pizza crust is so handy on nights when you want something quick and easy to serve up (and trust me, these nights happen even to the best of us). Be prepared and keep a few pizza crusts stored in the freezer just in case. The crusts pictured are my go to options. The first is a 7 grain dough that is so incredibly yummy. It does take a little more effort than the ready-made crust shown in the bottom photo, but let me tell you - it's worth it. On a clean surface, sprinkle a little flour down (I use buckwheat or chickpea flour) and roll out your dough to your preferred thickness and as close to the shape of your baking sheet as possible. Place your dough on a lightly greased sheet and top with pesto or tomato sauce and all of your favourite veggies. Pop it in the oven at 425F for about 15 minutes or so. Pair with a giant green salad and dinner is served :) I also love Stickling's pizza crusts. I usually buy their spelt or 7 grain and it's delicious! This option is absolutely the easiest and most convenient. Skip ahead to loading it up with all of your favourite ingredients and pop it in the oven until crisp. My pizza creations always involve as many veggies as I can fit and I encourage you to do the same. Easy and convenient options should still include vegetables. Not pictured below is the spinach I was wilting and the giant veggie salad that would accompany my pizza.
Naked Coconuts. I have many clients who are unable to enjoy tamari in their cooking because of a soy allergy. This is the product I recommend for them or anyone avoiding soy for that matter. This is a coconut soy-free seasoning sauce that is organic, gluten-free, raw and whole food based. Although I find this product sweeter than tamari it's still absolutely delicious and pairs perfectly in any savoury recipe. Use as a substitute in recipes calling for traditional soy sauce or tamari.
True Cinnamon. I have learned that not all cinnamon is the same. There are different species of cinnamon. True cinnamon, commonly called Ceylon cinnamon is more expensive, it's lighter in colour, tastes sweeter and is more aromatic. This cinnamon is more closely related to the health benefits associated with this spice such as its ability to regulate blood sugar levels. Most cinnamon in the grocery store is usually from the cassia species of cinnamon, which as I've learned should be regarded as an entirely different food from Ceylon cinnamon, especially in terms of nutritional benefits. There is one big difference between the two. I've taken this quote directly from www.whfoods.com and I highly recommend you read the article for a more thorough explanation comparing the two:
"What true cinnamon and cassia do not have in common is their coumarin content. Coumarins are naturally occurring plant components that can be quite toxic in large amounts. These toxicities tend to affect the liver and nervous system most directly. While the level of naturally occurring coumarins in Ceylon cinnamon appears to be very small and lower than the amount that could cause health risks, the level of naturally occurring coumarins in the cassia cinnamons appears to be higher and may pose a risk to some individuals if consumed in substantial amounts on a regular basis. For this reason, organizations like the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Berlin, Germany have recommended that large amounts of the cassia cinnamons be avoided."
As someone who LOVES her cinnamon and uses it on a regular basis, I'll be buying properly labelled, organic Ceylon (true) cinnamon.
Kombucha. Have you ever tried kombucha? It's made from sweetened tea that’s been fermented by a colony of bacteria and yeast (a SCOBY, a.k.a. “mother” because of its ability to reproduce). Kombucha is primarily known for aiding digestion and promoting gut health. Because it’s naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast, Kombucha is a probiotic beverage. This has a myriad of benefits such as improved digestion, fighting candida (harmful yeast) overgrowth, mental clarity, and mood stability. It's also known to be immune boosting. Kombucha is extraordinarily anti-oxidant rich. One of kombucha’s greatest health benefits is its ability to detox the body. It helps rid us of harmful toxins and gently stimulates our liver and lessens our toxic load. It’s also enzyme rich. Every bodily function require enzymatic activity, so it’s important to replenish our systems with live enzymes.
I absolutely recommend a good quality probiotic (one that must be refrigerated) to replenish gut flora, maintain immunity and overall health. With that said, it's also important to include fermented foods in your diet on a regular basis. Foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, tempeh, miso, yogurt and for me this also includes kombucha. My favourite brands are Rise and Tonica Kombucha. I usually enjoy mine in the afternoon with homemade trail mix, Giddy Yoyo chocolate or homemade cookies or muffins.
Spice & Nut Grinder. My amazing boyfriend bought me this Cuisinart Spice and Nut Grinder last year at Christmas and it's for sure one of my favourite and most used kitchen gadgets. I highly recommend purchasing this if you don't already own it. I would personally check amazon.ca - they usually have competitive prices. I use mine for everything from grinding down whole flax seeds to turning oats into oat flour and grinding up cinnamon sticks as well as SO much more. One of my favourite things to do with this gadget is grind up my spices to make homemade curry powder for my recipes - so yummy! Having good quality gadgets makes all the difference when your busy creating in the kitchen.
doTERRA Peppermint or On Guard Beadlets. I never chew gum anymore (I especially advise against it if you're struggling with any sort of digestive issues) - this is what I keep in my purse, at work or in my car when I need to freshen my breath. doTERRA Peppermint Beadlets are amazing! I take 1-2 beads as needed to freshen my breath, boost concentration, focus and to even help alleviate the occasional headache, upset stomach or nausea. On Guard Beadlets are a fantastic way to not only freshen breathe but also an everyday method to boost immunity naturally - such a great preventative aid during cold and flu season. Buy them here!
That's it for this edition folks! Stay tuned next month to see which health and wellness products I'm currently enjoying.