Spice Up Your Homemade Egg Nog with the All Natural Recipe!

So I’ve been given the task of making the Egg Nog this year for my family’s Christmas party. However, I wanted to spice up the traditional eggnog recipe. Thanks to Wellness Mama and Thank Your Body, I was able to do so! Check out my All Natural (for Adults Only) Egg Nog How-To Video! I might even give me boyfriend’s family a batch of this wonderful stuff as a Christmas Eve gift as well!

Protect Yourself Naturally

Scared of the Ebola outbreak?

Looking for a way to limit the spread and save yourself from contracting the virus, as well as any virus for that matter?

Well look no further.

The easiest way to protect yourself from disease is to amp up your your body’s innate defense program – the immune system.

Lucky for you, nature has provided everything you need to boost your body’s defenses against bacterial and viral invaders. Including anti-bacterial and anti-viral herbs in your diet is simple and easy, not to mention quite tasty.

Listed below are some natural immune boosters to start adding into your diet provided by underground health. Check out their blog for more all-natual remedies and health advice!

Anti-bacterial:

garlic

onion

ginger

lemon

cayenne

peppermint

cinnamon

cranberry

Anti-viral herbs:

elderberry

lemon balm

olive leaf

oregano oil

Add these ingredients to your teas, meals, and even smoothies! Your body will thank you.

Learning the Art of Holistic Cooking

My whole food shopping spree was a success! I opted for organic fruits and vegetables, and as hard as it was to stray from the oh-so-comforting box of mac n cheese, I stayed far away from processed packaged meals. I also stopped by the local farmers market for some farm raised meat, and picked up a couple healing essential oils with mood enhancing ingredients such as lavender and orange blossom as well.

(Figured I ought to stock up on these antidepressants seeing as I am one of many who will unfortunately be plagued by seasonal mood disorder in the upcoming fall and winter months!)

The next step was to find some healthy and healing holistic recipes and cooking tips. For this, I went straight to the Island Druid Holistic Wellbeing website.

According to Island Druid, in order to cook holistically, one needs to incorporate all aspects of his or her being – Body, Mind, and Spirit. Cooking for holistic practitioners is considered a means of meditation, connecting one’s mind to his or her actions in preparation of natural foods. While preparing my own holistic meal, I took it as a time to relax and block out the worries of the day, focusing in onwhat I was doing at the present time – creating a healing and nutritious meal.

Holistic recipes, I learned, are actually quite simple. Since they incorporate only whole foods and all-natural ingredients, many recipes I came across in my research require very few ingredients. Since I have always had a love for fruit, and wanted to ease my way into the world of holistic cooking, I decided my first holistic food experience would be in the form of a fruit and vegetable smoothie found on the Holistic Cooking Goddess blog.

Green Smoothy
1 apple
1 banana
1 pear
2 stalks celery
1 baby coz lettuce
2 big handfuls spinach or kale
juice of 1/2-1 lemon
400-450mls water
small knob ginger optional
(all organic ingredients, of course)

I popped these ingredients in a blender and blended until smooth. Who knew holistic cooking could be so quick and easy? Not to mention tasty!

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Here are some more Holistic cooking tips I found on Simple Holistic Food.

Principles of Holistic Cooking:

1. Purify and filter your water.

2. Prepare food in the best stainless steel pots and pans you can afford.

3. Avoid the use of microwave ovens.

4. Use healing sugars only.

5. Use healing fats and oils that work with your liver to detoxify your body.

6. Get adequate protein.

7. Use salt with trace minerals and sea vegetables.

8. Perform nutritional analysis.

9. Use herbal teas.

10. Use at least four whole grain flours on a rotating basis.

11. Use organic and local ingredients whenever possible.

I’ll definitely be using these guiding principles when I manage to actually cook a holistic meal. I am thinking an organic bean and vegetable soup may be the next step in my cooking journey…

Please comment if you have any other suggestions for me!

Rachel