We just posted next week’s V Well Health Cooking Coach menus and if you or your family have experienced any cold symptoms this season, definitely check out my Italian Menu. So much garlic! Not only is garlic delicious, but it supports a healthy immune system, helps lower bad cholesterol, and can even help to prevent diabetes. If you’re feeling run down, try upping your garlic (and greens and veggies!) intake.
Garlic Tips and Ideas
- After peeling and chopping let garlic air for ten minutes before cooking. This maximizes its nutrient density.
- To roast garlic: Cut the top (or about 1/8) off one whole head of garlic to expose the cloves, keeping the skin on. Drizzle the cut side with a bit of extra virgin olive oil, and a bit of salt and pepper if you’d like, and pop that sucker in the oven for 10 minutes to roast. The head of garlic should be resting on its side on the pan. That’s all there is to roasting garlic! It’s delicious on whole grain toast – just scoop out the roasted garlic with a spoon and spread it on bread or use it in other dishes. Roasted garlic also looks great for dinner parties!
- Add garlic to any vegetable to maximize flavor and health benefits.
Well there you go! I sure hope you’re not feeling under the weather, but if by any chance you are – EAT GARLIC!
Q. I need ideas for a healthy side dish for Thanksgiving dinner – help!
A. Way to go healthy this holiday season! Here are a couple of ideas.
Rather than the traditional green bean casserole that everyone seems to make on Thanksgiving with canned products and crunchy “onions” on top, try sautéing some green beans with extra virgin olive oil and garlic. After sautéing and before your garlic burns, add a bit of filtered water, cover, and steam to the consistency you like. Then top the dish with your favorite fresh herbs!
Instead of traditional mashed potatoes that you need lots of butter and cream for, this year try smashed red potatoes. Smashed red potatoes are so easy to make and are healthier than plain ol’ white potatoes:
1. Wash and halve your red potatoes, keeping the skin on.
2. Place them in cold water and bring to a boil until they’re soft enough to mash.
3. Reserve some of the boiled water and strain the potatoes.
4. Start mashing the potatoes with a potato masher instead of a mixer to keep them chunky. Add freshly ground black pepper, parmesan or pecorino cheese, and some extra virgin olive oil to taste. Taste as you go along to get just the flavor you want, and mash until you reach the consistency you like. If your smashed red potatoes are too dry, add some of the reserve liquid to make it creamier.
That’s all there is to it! They are very yummy and a lot healthier than they taste.
While you’re at it, check out my recipe for the best turkey ever and posts on easy and inexpensive Thanksgiving decor here and here. More blog posts about Thanksgiving and fall decorations to come next week! You’ll never guess what I use in place of a table cloth!
I believe that the best way to achieve happiness, success, love, joy, and affluence is to give those things to others. Have a look at this Huffington Post article on 14 Unexpected Ways to Volunteer for Thanksgiving, but of course, know that there are 364 other days in the year to give, lend a hand, and create happiness around you, too!
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Gandhi
How true these words are. Especially in the more difficult seasons of our lives it can be very easy to place blame – blaming the world, the system, your job, your health, your family situation – but blaming anything at all is simply not productive. If you see something that is in your way, if you come across a system that is broken, if you want to see real change, reflect the positive change in your day-to-day actions.
What’s New With Vicky
I’m going back to my roots! My hair roots, that is. I’ve been highlighting my hair for years now, and as a gal that tries to steer clear of chemicals, it was not a pleasant thing to keep up with. So I’ve decided to go a bit darker, closer to my natural hair color -check it out! I like it but am still getting used to it. I may add a touch of blond to it in the summer but not as light as it used to be. I’m just glad this darker color will allow me to take way less trips to the salon!
Health and Beauty Tip of the Week
We all tend to overeat during the holidays. A great way to avoid this is to make sure you reach for the salad at the beginning of any meal – then chances are you’ll grab less of all the other dishes! If you’re making this salad yourself, pack it with spinach, kale, and red peppers with a dressing of apple cider vinegar, lemon, or lime. This will give you plenty of fiber to fill you up, help detox your system, and help give your skin a healthy glow!
This Week’s Featured Workout
V Well Health Fitness Trainer’s Sweating Sexy workout videos! There are two videos in this series – the first helps you master some basic dance moves, which you will string together and turn up the notch in the second video for a fun, toning workout that will get your heart rate going! The instructor, Jennifer, breaks it down for you beat by beat so that you get the most out of your workout.
Have a great weekend!
Peace and blessings,