Delicious Fall Recipe for Chai Ginger Apple Cider

apple-cider-ginger-chaiChai ginger apple cider is a delicious warming beverage that is the perfect end to a crisp fall day. The ginger is a great digestive aid and the aromas from immune-boosting chai spices will make your whole house smell like you have been baking all day. Chai tea is a traditional Indian tea made from black tea with spices added to it, such as cinnamon. It’s certainly delicious, but make sure when choosing it that you opt for a traditional healthy variety, rather than one with added sweeteners or syrups. Organic tea is best, if you can get it.

– 6 cups apple cider
– 2 chai tea bags (regular or decaffeinated)
– 1 inch slice of fresh ginger, peeled and left whole

In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup apple cider to a boil, then add the chai tea bags and ginger. Remove from heat, cover, and steep for 45 minutes.

In a large saucepan, combine remaining 5 cups of apple cider with prepared 1 cup chai tea-infused cider. Bring to a gentle boil. Remove from heat. Serve with a cinnamon stick!

Recipe care of Hyhope Farms.

Photo from here, with thanks.

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Dinner Tonight: Carrot Ginger Soup

carrotsI picked up a bushel (yes, a bushel) of carrots at a local farm this past weekend. Apparently, it was a great year for carrots around here. With visions of stews, casseroles, and healhy-ish muffins, I hauled the 15 pound bushel of orange goodness home.

First on my recipe list is carrot ginger soup. This is one of those soups that is perfect for cool evenings after spending a day outside. I keep the skin on the carrots, retaining the numerous extra cancer-fighting compounds, including beta-carotene and canthaxanthin. I just give them a really good scrub.  

Carrots are nutrition powerhouses. Harvard researchers recently found a strong inverse relationship between diets rich in carrots and the incidence of stroke; women who ate five or more servings of carrots weekly had a 68% lower risk. When 124 lung cancer patients who were not regular smokers were compared with 235 controls in terms of what they ate, carrots were seen to offer the best protection against the disease.

Combine the carrots with anti-inflammatory properties of ginger, and you have a great soup that everyone will love!  Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Carrot Ginger Soup”

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Coping With Morning Sickness Naturally

For many pregnant women, morning sickness is an all too frequent and uncomfortable side effect of pregnancy. Some statistics show that almost as many as 70% of moms-to-be experience some degree of nausea and vomiting. And, worse, it is not usually a “morning” only condition. Nausea can occur any time of day and be triggered by any number of factors including:

  • Strong smells
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Empty stomach, low blood sugar and hunger
  • Certain foods

The good news is that it usually ends towards the beginning of the second trimester. In the meantime, if you are one of many women who can’t keep things down, here are some suggestions to get you through this hopefully temporary period in your pregnancy. Continue reading “Coping With Morning Sickness Naturally”

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Thanksgiving Heartburn

With Thanksgiving around the corner, you may overindulge at your get-together and you may be rewarded with heartburn. Instead of grabbing for the antacid, here are some natural remedies that you can try.

Eating habits tend to be the biggest culprit behind heartburn. If you suffer from heartburn on a regular basis, you may need to change the way you eat, and what you eat. Fatty, fried, or high-protein foods, alcohol, and coffee are all foods that can trigger heartburn. Continue reading “Thanksgiving Heartburn”

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