Chicken with Salsa Verde Slow Cooker Recipe

Cooking chicken in the crockpot is seriously the best thing ever, or anything really. I love it because you just put the chicken in with seasoning, salsa verde sauce, and your done. I like to cook mine on low for about 8 hours or high for 4 hours. If you have a busy day, just put it on low in the morning so when you come home dinner is ready! I like to add garlic powder, cumin, pepper, and salt.

 

 

 

7 Teas That Will Make You Healthier

Green Tea

Green tea is extremely healthy and one of the best drinks for you on the planet. It is made from unfermented leaves and is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. Out of all of the teas green tea is my favorite! If you are trying to lose weight you should try drinking green tea. Studies suggest that it may boost your metabolism and help burn fat. It improves brain function, make your heart healthier, lower risk of cancers, and aid digestion. Unsweetened brewed green tea is a zero calorie beverage. Green tea is considered the healthiest because it contains more antioxidants than any other tea.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is an herb that comes from the Asteraceae plat family. Flowers are dried and infused into hot water in order to make it. Chamomile has powerful anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. It boosts the immune system, treats gastrointestinal issues, and reduces belly bloating. Chamomiles top benefits are the ability to protect the skin, lower stress levels, regulate sleep, and soothe menstrual cramps.

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea is an infusion made from peppermint leaves and made into tea. It is an aromatic herb that belongs to the mint family. Peppermint tea is a refreshing way to boost your overall health in many different ways. Peppermint tea can improve digestion, reduce pain, and eliminate inflammation. It relaxes the body and mind, aids in weight loss, and boosts the immune system.

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea is also known as Agua de Jamaica and is prepared by boiling parts of the hibiscus plant. This tea has the ability to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and helps with inflammatory problems. It is rich in Vitamin C, minerals, and antioxidants that’s helps with hypertension and anxiety. Hibiscus helps cure liver diseases and reduces the chance of cancer. It is also know to help with anxiety and hypertension. Hibiscus tea is ruby red, and has a sour taste. It is caffeine free and is low in calories.

Oolong Tea

Oolong tea is partially oxidized that meets in the middle between green and black tea. It is traditionally from China, that is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Oolong is like a treat that is also good for you. If you are trying to prevent eczema, lose weight or prevent heart disease, then oolong is for you. Oolong tea can possible prevent ovarian cancer. Women who drink tea (green, black, or oolong) have had sufficiently lower risk of getting ovarian cancer.

Chai Tea

Classic chai tea is a blend of black tea, clove, cardamom, black pepper and ginger. It is originated from India and is used to increase peace of mind and health. Chai tea improves digestion, treats nausea, aids digestion, fights of inflammation, and includes antioxidant properties.

Matcha tea

Matcha comes from the camellia sinensis plant just like green tea, however it is grown differently. It contains the nutrients from the entire leaf, resulting in greater amount of caffeine and antioxidants. Matcha is an antioxidant powerhouse, and has more antioxidants than any other superfood. Matcha protects the liver by flushing out toxins, boosts brain function, protects your heart, and lowers blood sugar. I have a post all about matcha green tea —-> http://alexisdlee.com/matchagreentea/

 

How to Eliminate Bloating and Causes

 Bloating

We have all heard people say that are so “bloated” and most of us have experienced bloating ourselves. There are many different reasons on why you can feel bloated and can happen at any age. Abdominal bloating occurs when the gastrointestinal tract is filled with air or gas. This can leave a feeling of being full, swollen, or tight in your abdomen. Bloating can make your stomach look much bigger than it actually is which is not ideal.

What causes bloating?

The most common reason for bloating is increased intestinal gas, which usually occurs after eating.

Causes of gas:
  • Eating or drinking to fast
  • Swallowing air (from gum or a straw)
  • Smoking
  • Eating fatty foods
  • Eating high fiber foods (beans, vegetables)
Other causes for bloating:
  • Pregnancy
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Heartburn
  • Weight gain
  • Overeating
  • Dairy
  • Menstrual period

Ways to eliminate bloating

  • Don’t eat too much at a time
  • Stay active and exercise
  • Reduce salt intake
  • Massages
  • Medication from doctor
  • Add high fiber foods slowly so body can adjust
  • Reduce swallowed air
  • Identify foods that make you bloat

Edible Cookie Dough Recipe

Edible cookie dough is my favorite treat to have. We all love cookie dough and to be honest I like it way more than I do the actual cookie. This is not a healthy recipe but it is an alternative so you are not exposing yourself to salmonella. I love this recipe and could eat it all day but of course it is always about balance. There are only a few amount of ingredients so you can enjoy your eggless cookie dough in no time!

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons of softened butter

1/4 cup of brown sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1 Tablespoon of milk or almond milk (more if needed)

2 cups of flour or almond flour (add more or less based on how thick you want it)

1 cup of mini chocolate chips

1/8 teaspoon of salt


Leave in fridge for 30 min

Matcha Green Tea

Matcha Green Tea is my new favorite drink and I think I am starting to like it better than coffee! If you have never tried match green tea you need to go buy it now! I order mine from amazon Kirkland Ito En Matcha Blend Japanese Green Tea-100 ct 1.5g tea bags <– exact brand I order. Matcha really brings out my inner Kourtney Kardashian haha. But seriously if you are looking for something to replace coffee or just something to sip on, I highly recommend trying it. Matcha contains nutrients from an entire leaf, meaning it has greater amount of caffine and antioxidants thats typically found in green tea. I love match green tea because you get the benefits both from matcha, and from the green tea. I also like to add a little bit of honey and almond milk to mine! Try it out and let me know what you think, there will be a post soon all about the benefits 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shrimp Tacos Recipe

SHRIMP! My favorite food besides steak that I no longer can have because I stopped eating red meat 🙁 I know very sad. Anyways shrimp tacos are extremely quick and easy to make… literally 15-20 minutes at most. If you do not use cheese and sour cream it is a very healthy meal, but I like to add just a little because you only live once.

Ingredients

– Shrimp

-Tortillas

-Olive Oil

-Spinach

-Minced Garlic

-Chopped Onion

-Avocado

-Seasonings (ground cumin, cayenne pepper, old bay blackened, crushed red pepper, pepper, himalayan salt)

-Sour Cream (optional)

-Cheese (optional)

-Hot Sauce (optional)

 

Put the minced garlic, olive oil, and some butter (if wanted) and let garlic cook for a minute. Then add the shrimp and seasonings, cook until done.

5 Benefits of Ginger

Ginger is a spice that is also known as Zingiber officinale, it comes from rhizomes in the plant. Ginger can be used for many things like pain relief, treatment for degenerative health disorders, and can help with antioxidant and inflammatory effects.

1. Relieves Muscle Pain and Soreness

Ginger has the ability to reduce inflammation because it contains 1-Dehyrdo-(10)-gingerdione. Just like Aspirin and Advil ginger blocks COX enzymes, and the production of inflammatory chemicals called leukotrienes and prostaglandins. Adding ginger to your daily diet can can help treat muscle pain and arthritis.

2. Helps with Digestion

Ginger helps to stimulate the break down of food, which promotes motility in the gastronintestinal tract. It helps to take food out of the intenstines. It contains prebiotics that is part of a plant-based fiber that causes good bacteria to go in your digestive tract. It can also help prevent health problems like dyspepsia, a common condition of impaired digestion. The symptoms include pain, heartburn, and fullness.

3. Regulates Blood Sugar

High blood sugar can lead to serious problems like nerve damage and impaired wound healing. Researchers from Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences in Iran, studied 88 people with type 2 diabetes. The group of people had type 2 diabetes for around 10 years. They incorporated ginger capsules with her normal diabetic medicine everyday. In just 8 weeks they saw a decrease in blood sugar.

4. Helps Prevent Cancer

-6-gingerol is found in large amounts of ginger, which is an anti-cancer property. Ginger can help liver cancer by inhibiting inflammation, protect liver from carcinogenic agents, and suppress metastasis.

5.Help Treat Morning Sickness and Nausea

Ginger is a natural remedy that has been used for decades to help with nausea. One review looked at 1,278 pregnant women, and concluded that 1.1-1.5 grams of ginger can significantly reduce nausea. Another study from the University of Rochester Medical Center showed it helped reduce severe nausea in patients going through chemo.

How to Make Guacamole Quick and Easy

I love guacamole and will literally eat it out of the bowl with a spoon lol! The good thing is it is completely healthy and actually has many benefits. Guac is loaded with folate and Vitamin E which will both reduce your risk of heart disease. Avocados have healthy fats and lots of fiber which will help you stay fuller for longer. The healthy fats are are monounsaturated fats that promote weight loss. Something that is very interesting to me is that guacamole can help reduce your chances of cancer. Avocados contain compounds that destroy pre-cancerous oral cells, without harming the healthy cells. Long story short it is mostly the avocados lol, but it is basically just them mashed up with seasoning! This is great for Mexican night, a snack, a spread, or to dip pita chips into! I eye everything out like I do with most things sorry #professional.

Ingredients

-Avocado I only had two but I recommend using 3 or 4

-Tomato

-Garlic

-Onion

-Cumin

Pink Himalayan Salt

-Black Pepper and Red Pepper flakes

-Cilantro

 

 

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How to Make Sardines Quick

Sardines are incredibly healthy and quick to make. First of all they are a great source of protein! In addition they are also loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, and potassium. Something that is interesting is that one can contains 351 milligrams of bone building calcium, you should be reaching for 1,000 milligrams a day. This seems like a pretty good meal to me plus it keeps you full!

Ingredients 

-Sardines (fresh is a much better option of course)

-Onions, Jalapenos, Tomatoes

-Minced Garlic

-Himalayan Salt, Black Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes

-Olive oil

-Avocado

  

Saute the onions, jalapenos, tomatoes, and the minced garlic. Put the can of sardines in and cook until they are tender. I like to add red pepper for extra spice, and black pepper with himalayan salt.

I have avocado for a very nutritious side, plus I love it 😉

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