Kick That Cold Juice Recipe

This juice recipe will help kick the cold to the curb. It will also help with any cough. Here is the recipe and below the recipe explains what each ingredient does to help fight your cold.

Kick That Cold Juice Recipe:

Makes 1 serving

  • 4-6 Carrots
  • 2 Oranges
  • 2 Cups Pineapple
  • 1 1/2 inch Ginger

Wash all ingredients and run through the juicer. Stir and Serve!

Carrots: Carrots contain antioxidants, which help your body fight free radicals, cell damage, and inflammation. Vitamin C in carrot juice also provides an immune system boost, helping you get through cold and flu season.

Oranges: A single orange packs more than a day’s worth of vitamin C requirement. This fuels the immune system to help us fight off colds, flu and infections.

Pineapple: Pineapple is literally dripping with vitamin C. Again an important antioxidant that keeps your immune system fighting against the cold and flu. Pineapple also contains manganese which is an essential mineral that helps energy production and help keeps bones strong. Pineapple is also said to help with coughs. It is a natural expectorant.

Ginger: Everyone that juices knows of the magical Ginger Root. Ginger fights inflammation and when you have a cold your sinuses are usually inflamed. That is just one of that many know facts about ginger.

Hello Fresh Day 3 Review

Today was the last of my Hello Fresh meals. I saved this one for last because I’ve just been a little unsure how a hunk of cheese for dinner was going to be. Today’s meal is called Za’Atar-Crusted Grilling Cheese with Sumac Roasted Veggies and Couscous.

I must say it was pretty darn good! These ingredients pulled together so well. The flavor was very fresh and tasty. I would definitely eat this again. The cheese has a really good flavor and with the added za’atar spice I felt like I was in the Mediterranean. The calories were only 490! The only ingredient I needed to have on hand today was olive oil. This was a very fun dish to prepare and start to finish only took about 30 minutes. The fresh basil and lemon zest really set this dish off. The flavors in this dish were bold but non-offending.

Here are some pictures from tonight’s dinner.

Wrapping up my 3 day Hello Fresh Review I can say I’m pretty impressed. I would like to move on and try some of their meat dishes. Here are my pros and cons of Hello Fresh:

Pros

  • They lived up to their hello fresh name with fresh ingredients
  • Meals are easy to prepare and can boost cooking confidence
  • The meals are creative and not just boring everyday food
  • The app and website are both easy to use
  • The portions even though look small once cooked are plenty of food
  • I was able to recycle most of the packing and ice packs
  • I didn’t have to worry about what’s for dinner it was already in the fridge ready to go
  • I didn’t have to spend a lot of time hunting down my items to cook
  • The food had good flavor
  • Cons
    • The price, You will really have to weigh out what it’s worth to you.
      You can only get 3 to 4 meals a week depending on the plan you pick. If I were to continue I would want at least 5 nights a week. I would be willing to pay to stay out of a grocery store as much as possible.
      If your looking for high quality organic food this wouldn’t be for you. Their food is fresh and had good quality but some people really like to know that everything is sourced from a good quality organic farm.

    That’s really about it in my opinion. I didn’t have any problems with shipping or my order so I did not have to deal with their customer support. Overall I would recommend this company for people who are on the go and don’t want to come home and spend a few more hours in the kitchen planning and cooking. This service will not work for a big family. I have a family of 9 and they do not have a plan that feeds an army! My husband and I did enjoy the recipes and I will be looking into trying their other menus!

    Could these foods be causing your Depression?

    Too much of some of these foods and you may become unlikeable, to yourself and to everyone around you. A lot of new research shows that what we consume goes right to our limbic systems, the emotional headquarters of our body.

    If we feed it horrible food, we will feel horrible. If we treat it with kindness, it will return us the kindness.

    Here are seven foods to try to avoid to help out our emotional headquarters:

    1. Refined sugar

    A snickers bar sure does taste good and can provide us with a rush of energy for about 20 minutes; however, that treat and all the refined sugar causes our blood glucose levels to plummet, resulting in a sugar hangover that disrupts our mood, depletes our energy, and is linked to sleep disorders.

    2. Artificial sweeteners

    Aspartame is bad stuff. We’ve all been hearing this lately. It’s even worse for you if you are prone to depression. It blocks the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin and causes mood dips, headaches, and insomnia. The artificial sweeters Sweet n low and Equal have also been found to be bad news as well. If you really need a soda fix, go for no diet but I wouldn’t recommend any soda.

    3. Processed food

    Consuming refined or processed carbohydrates, such as white bread, cereal, pasta, or snack foods will cause the same impact on your blood sugar levels as eating a basket of jelly beans. Bagels are processed the same way donuts are. After the initial insulin boost, you will end up fatigued, irritated, and out of whack.

    4. Hydrogenated oils

    Stay away from anything fried! Chicken, the fried cheese sticks, fried jalapeños, fried calamari, and, of course, French fries(which are sometimes fried twice!). Anything that is cooked with hydrogenated oils and contains trans fats could potentially contribute to depression.

    5. Foods high in sodium

    Fat-free foods tend to claim to be so healthy but turns out your probably better off eating the non fat free items. The fat free foods have to get taste somewhere and they will add a ton of salt which is not all that great for your emotions. The excess sodium in these products can disrupt your neurological system, contributing to depression, and can muck up your immune system response, causing fatigue. Too much salt also leads to fluid retention and bloating, and I don’t have to tell you how depressing that is. Most places use iodized salt which is not your friend.

    6. Alcohol

    Do I really even need to tell you this one! Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. If you have a history of a mood disorder, proceed with extreme caution. Your central nervous system is responsible for taking in information through the senses, controlling motor function, as well as thinking, understanding, and reasoning. It also controls emotion. Alcohol slows all this down, exacerbating symptoms associated with depression. Most people believe Alcohol makes them happy but they couldn’t be more wrong!

    7. Caffeine

    According to some experts, even a modest amount of caffeine can contribute to depression and anxiety. Caffeine disrupts sleep, making it more difficult to fall asleep and to stay asleep; those disturbances affect mood. It can cause agitation, tremors, and nervousness. Energy drinks, particularly, are bad news as most of them contain the caffeine equivalent of 14 cans of soda.

    If you are really looking to get a handle on your moods and overall feel better, you should start with diet. The gut brain connection is a connection we want to pamper. Our body is this amazing organism that knows what it’s doing to survive, but when we feed it things it was not set up to process how can we expect it to not malfunction?

    Hello Fresh Review Day 2

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    Yesterday’s recipe was so yummy I actually couldn’t wait to try tonight’s recipe! Tonight we tried the vegetarian recipe Paella Con Huevos with Bell Pepper, Peas and Smoked Paprika. Don’t be fooled by how little ingredients it seems! Once the meal is prepared it actually turned out to be a little more than the two of us could eat.

    This meal’s prep time says 10 min and that was about right. Tonight all I needed on hand again was olive oil, butter, salt and pepper. The total cook time from start to finish was right about 35 minutes so not too bad. This meal’s calories weigh in at 600. Not too shabby!

    The aroma for this meal was amazing! This recipe included smoked paprika, garlic and turmeric. My house smelt delicious. The flavor of this meal was really tasty. Once you make the plate you squeeze fresh lemon over it. I wasn’t to sure how the lemon would match up with egg but I was proven wrong. The lemon added the perfect twist to the dish! Here are some pictures from tonight’s meal.

    Looks pretty good right?! I would say so far that for someone who doesn’t have much confidence in cooking this could give you a little boost. As long as you follow the REALLY simple instructions you can’t mess these dinners up. The ingredients have been pretty good. It is fresh food but if your looking for top of the line organic food you may not be totally in love with these meal kits. For those of us just looking to cut out meal planning, shopping and all the hassle of trying to hunt down ingredients for certain recipes Hello Fresh is a pretty decent alternative.

    Check back tomorrow for our day 3 and final meal from the vegetarian kits.

    Day 1 of Hello Fresh Review

    As a Fitness Nutrition Specialist I am always looking for new innovative ways for my clients to be able to eat a healthy diet on the run. We live such busy lives these days that cooking seems like an impossible task to get done regularly. So we sacrifice healthy eating for fast unhealthy choices just so we don’t get HANGRY!

    I’ve been hearing about Hello Fresh for some time now but wanted to do some good research about the company before I spent the money to try their service. While doing some research I came across a deal for a 3 dinner meal kit for $30 oppose to their $60 plus regular fee. So I said why not give it a shot! They get an A+ on the BBB and many of the negative reviews had more to do with shipping and customer service calls rather than the actual food. But the company had always responded to their negative reviews and tried to make it right.

    I signed up and decided to pick their 3 dinner vegetarian kit to see what kind of variety they have. I like to do a few nights a week meatless so this to me was a great first pick. You have choices of fish, meats and veggie based kits. When I signed up with the discounted price code it would not allow me to change out my recipes but on your regular membership you can switch recipes if you don’t like what they show you will be coming in your next box.

    Shipping was great! Right on time like they said and it was packed really good with gel ice packs which are all recyclable. Each dinner was separated out into its own brown paper bag. The recipes are printed on nice large paper and very clear and easy to follow. The ingredients looked very fresh and amazing. I was able to transfers the paper bags with the meals right into my refrigerator so all I had to do is pull one out and cook!

    So tonight my husband and I decided to try their “Hall of Fame” recipe Butternut Squash Agnolotti. The card states 5 min prep time, with a total cook time of 20 min. Calories per serving are at 620. The ingredients it required me to have were olive oil and butter so that was great I always have those on hand. Here are my pictures from tonight’s prepared Hello Fresh Dinner.

    So now drumroll for the taste test please……

    It was DELICIOUS! Both my husband and I were highly impressed! My 18 month old daughter as well thought it was good! She wouldn’t stay out of my plate! I can say I am actually excited to try my next two meals. From the prep to cooking and clean up it really didn’t take more than 30-40 minutes of my night. The meal wasn’t heavy and it’s most definitely a better choice than fast food!

    Check back for day 2 and 3 reviews! I hope the meals are as TASTY as this Hall of Fame was.