Watermelon-Mint Shrub

Watermelon-Mint Shrub: Improve your digestion with this tasty drink!

This watermelon-mint shrub is so refreshing and good for your body!! There are so many benefits to consuming raw apple cider vinegar, but if you have tried having a tablespoon of raw ACV in some water in the morning or before meals to encourage good digestion, balance your blood sugar, and help regulate your weight, you know that it isn’t the tastiest drink in the world. Continue reading “Watermelon-Mint Shrub: Improve your digestion with this tasty drink!”

"Mojito" natural soda

Mojito Natural Soda: A Refreshing Way to Get Probiotics!

This Mojito Natural Soda is a refreshing blend of mint and lime, as you may have already guessed. There is no alcohol in it, but if you add rum, you have a tasty mojito-like drink with probiotics and no sugar! See my post on How to Brew Water Kefir (plus the benefits of drinking it) if you have never made it yourself.  Continue reading “Mojito Natural Soda: A Refreshing Way to Get Probiotics!”

Blueberry Raspberry Shrub

Blueberry-Raspberry Shrub (aka drinking vinegar)

I’m sure you have seen all the posts about the 101 uses for raw apple cider vinegar (ACV). Maybe those articles have even convinced you to try adding ACV to your routine. After a few mornings of choking down some vinegar and water before your breakfast, maybe you gave up. Well, this tasty blueberry-raspberry shrub is a more pleasurable way to get that ACV into your routine! If you aren’t familiar with why you would want to drink apple cider vinegar, let me elaborate. Continue reading “Blueberry-Raspberry Shrub (aka drinking vinegar)”

Is your breakfast helping or hurting you? Recipe for My Superfood Smoothie #superfood #smoothie #breakfast #intermittent fasting #health #reclaimingvitality

Is Your Breakfast Helping Or Hurting You? (Plus My Superfood-Filled Breakfast Smoothie Recipe)

I always believed that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Now I know that this is only true in certain instances. The popular belief that I subscribed to was that eating breakfast gets your metabolism started for the day. In his article “Does Skipping Breakfast Help With Weight Loss”, Chris Kresser, a functional medicine practitioner, addresses the issue of eating or skipping breakfast as related to weight loss, blood sugar, insulin resistance, and also examines the ancestral angle of breakfast. It is extremely enlightening. I highly recommend reading it! I will address more about breakfast timing at the end of the post. Continue reading “Is Your Breakfast Helping Or Hurting You? (Plus My Superfood-Filled Breakfast Smoothie Recipe)”

Kombucha Champagne Cocktails #kombucha #reclaimingvitality

Kombucha-Champagne Cocktail: Imbibe while avoiding a hangover

I love to bring in the new year with a glass or two of bubbly. This year is no exception, but my champagne glass this year will also contain Kombucha in the form of this Kombucha-Champagne Cocktail. Not only is kombucha delicious, but it serves two important purposes. First, it cuts down on the amount of champagne I will drink without adding sugar. I am aiming to start the year off Continue reading “Kombucha-Champagne Cocktail: Imbibe while avoiding a hangover”

Holy Basil (aka Tulsi): Lowers stress hormones and boosts energy! #naturalremedies #herbs #wellness #reclaimingvitality

Lower Stress Hormones and Boost Energy with Holy Basil (aka Tulsi)

Holy Basil tea has been a part of my evening ritual again for the past few weeks. I discovered it last summer and drank a lot of it, but then I couldn’t find it in loose leaf form for about 6 months and so I got out of the habit of drinking it. Finally, I found it again, but I decided that I needed to start growing it so that I would always have a secure supply on hand. It is THAT good. Luckily it is very easy to grow. (You can find seeds here if you decide to grow it.) The pictures are from my Holy Basil plants that are just starting to flower. If you’re still reading, you are probably wondering just what is so awesome about this Holy Basil plant, right? Well, I am just thrilled to answer you! Read on, my friend. Continue reading “Lower Stress Hormones and Boost Energy with Holy Basil (aka Tulsi)”

Lemon Balm: Calms anxiety, encourages restful sleep, fights viruses and more! #herbs #herbalremedies #naturalremedies #reclaimingvitality.com

Lemon Balm: Calms Anxiety, Encourages Restful Sleep, Fights Viruses and More!

Meet the lovely lemon balm! This relative to mint is so easy to grow; you can basically put it in the ground and forget about it. If you don’t have garden space, you can easily grow it in a container.

Lemon balm is a miracle worker for us humans and a favorite of the bees. It is completely safe for adults and children. In fact, it used to be a combined with chamomile and dill as common colic remedy for fussy babies. Made as a tea, it is so tasty! If you are interested in learning more about herbal remedies, Rosemary Gladstar has an excellent introductory book called Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide. I highly recommend it!  Read on to find out what you can use lemon balm for. Continue reading “Lemon Balm: Calms Anxiety, Encourages Restful Sleep, Fights Viruses and More!”

Tiger Nut Milk (Horchata de Chufa): A Tasty Way to get Resistant Starch #tigernuts #horchata # resistant starch #reclaimingvitality

Tiger Nut Milk (AKA Horchata de Chufa) and Soaked Tiger Nuts: Tasty Treats With Resistant Starch

If you are looking to add more resistant starch to your diet (and you should be ;), here are two easy and tasty ways to do so. 

Tiger Nuts as a Simple Snack

Since tiger nuts have been dried to allow for long storage, you will need to rehydrate them. Soak your tiger nuts in water for at least 12 hours and up to 48. The soaking time will change the texture. Less soaking equals crunchier tiger nuts and more equals softer tiger nuts. You can also add flavorings such as cinnamon sticks and or vanilla beans to the soaking water. Drain and let dry and enjoy!! 

Horchata de chufa (tiger nut milk)

Another tasty way to get the benefits of tiger nuts, such as resistant starch, is horchata de chufa. Instead of being made from rice, this Spanish horchata is made from tiger nuts. Continue reading “Tiger Nut Milk (AKA Horchata de Chufa) and Soaked Tiger Nuts: Tasty Treats With Resistant Starch”