My house has been filled with coughing, hacking, sleepless nights. Thankfully, I have not been the one hacking and coughing because we know that when mama gets sick, the house falls to pieces. However, the rest of the clan has been battling a nasty virus so I have been whipping up lots of lemon tea and wet socks (great for clearing congestion). On that note I felt like writing a quick note about the season. Once Halloween hits, the temptation to eat delicious sugar-filled foods seems to be around every corner. Holiday parties keep us up late as we sip lovely libations. This is the season of treats and traditions! However, sugar runs the immune system down and lack of sleep makes it hard for the body and brain to recover from the damage we do during the day. Noses start to run and viruses and bacteria are out to play. So, remember to eat real food and take a god plant based multivitamin! It is really hard to eat too much sugar when we avoid processed food and treats. Another fun fact; iodine is a valuable mineral that is vital to the functioning of metabolism and apoptosis (cell death…like killing bad cells that we do not want to replicate….think cancer). However, iodized salt is not normally used in processed foods. Eat organic sea salt which is high in iodine and avoid processed food that can raise blood pressure due to high sodium without any of the benefits of real salt. Let’s be honest, who does not want a fully functioning metabolism and immune system this time of year, so make sure your support yourself.
In addition, I want to announce the For the Love of Zucchini is now offering meal planning. Along with celebrations and sickness, this time of year brings about a hustle and bustle that often leaves us making less than desirable food choices. Let me take the planning out of your meal prep. For $30/week you will receive a weekly meal plan with 6 days of meals and recipes as well as a weekly shopping list. Check out http://www.fortheloveofzucchini.com for more info on how to get started! Cheers to staying well and holiday fun!
Try this easy seasonal recipe:
2 Large yams
3 Jerusalem artichokes
2 beets peeled
1/2 tsp salt
3 tablespoons fresh herbs (I like rosemary, thyme and savory)
3 tablespoons olive oil
fresh parsley for garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Chop all veggies into 1/2- to 1 inch chunks
Mix all ingredients together and place in 9×13 glass dish
Place uncovered in oven for 40-45 minutes
Remove and garnish with parsley and serve