Monthly Archives: September 2012

Warm Quinoa and Yam Salad

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Here is the Recipe of my Quinoa and Yam salad, it turns out very good, and I like it because it is warm, nutritious, easy to make, and YUMY:) It is warm so even in fall and winter you still like to eat it.

Ingredients:

Quinoa                              1/2 cup

Yam                                   3

Kale                                   3 leaves

Red Bell pepper           1

Olive Oil

Thyme

Salt and Pepper

Lemon Juice

Direction:

1-Wash and cook quinoa, cooking quinoa is like cooking rice, so you can use your rice cooker!

2- Peel and dice Yam and put it in a pot with little bit of water and salt and cook it. Make sure you don’t over cook it, we don’t want it to be so soft.

3-When the yams are cooked drain the water and put them in frying pan in addition to chopped Red bell Pepper, and 1 tsp of dried Thyme ( or fresh ) and saute for 5 minutes with Olive oil.

4- In a large Bowl Chop Kale leaves into small pieces ( make sure you separate the leaves from stem )

5- Add cooked quinoa and sautéed Yam and Pepper to your Bowl and add some olive oil, salt and pepper and dash of lemon juice and Mix well. ( don’t add too much lemon juice since your Yam is sweet and you just want to balance the taste with a bit of lemon juice, so at the end your Salad shouldn’t taste sour)

Bonne a petit 🙂

 

Boost Your Immune System!

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We are almost in middle of September and Fall is just around the corner. Clod and Flu are just a fact of a cooler season. The good news is, that we don’t have to suffer from cold and flu symptoms every year! In Chinese Medicine we believe in prevention. By using right herbs and supplements and slight change in your life style we can stay away from those nasty symptoms!

Picture is courtesy of Herbalife

Refine sugar, fatty foods, and alcohol have a linear relationship with making your immune system deficient; simply by avoiding them in your diet you can help your body to fight against seasonal viruses. Instead try to bring more vegetable and leafy greens in your everyday diet. If you find it difficult to find a way to eat more vegetable and greens every day, you can juice them! You might lose the fiber, but you consume more amount compare to just chewing on them. If you don’t wanna loose that Fiber, making smoothies will serve them for you. Either way Vitamins, enzymes, Minerals, and protein in veggies refresh your body cells and restore your immune system.

Here are the list of few herbs and supplements that can tremendously help you throughout the season:

1-Vitamin C

Have been advocated for optimizing both immune function and antioxidant support.

2-Vitamin D

Researchers found that Vitamin D is crucial to activate Immune System, T cells. Without adequate amount of Vit D, T-Cells will stay in dormant state and won’t be able to fight with foreign pathogens.

3-Echinacea

Traditionally is used  for fever, sore throat and stuffy nose. It boosts Immune system, and shorten severity of colds.

4-Probiotics

Stress, medication, processed foods, environmental contaminants and lifestyle are contributing factors which upset the delicate balance of the intestinal flora. Having a balanced gut flora plays and important role in immunological process.

As many of you may know, you can purchase your professional brand, and high quality supplements and Vitamins at www.Nutritionboutique.ca

Hope you all stay healthy and happy 🙂