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Homemade Soup as Stress Relief, Weight Loss and Beauty Remedies

January 29, 2017

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When it’s cold outside you may need to make more homemade meals, which can act to draw energy and warmth into your body to feel warm and nourished. Do you make soups often? Soup is one of the healthiest foods, it helps digest and assimilate food properly and can be used as a homemade beauty remedy to make us feel and look fabulous during seasonal depression and Cold and Flu Season.Homemade Soup Weight Loss, Beauty Remedies, and Stress Relief

* Soups can help relax and stimulate digestive tract. When you take in solid foods, the process of digestion is already at work. When the body can digest food easily, it’s less stressed, which can be very beneficial for our immune system.

* Soups can make you feel full with less food input, which is helpful for a successful weight management.

Cristina Pirrello calls soups a golden elixir in her book Glow, A Prescription for Radiant Health and Beauty, here is an extract:

Soup is also like a golden elixir for our skin and hair. Being a warm liquid, soup has an energy that draws moisture and nutrition deep into the body, particularly to intestines. So the ingredients of the soup, using the liquid as the vehicle, travel deep into the body carrying the nutrients, but more important, the energy of the vegetables, grains, or beans to the intestines, liver, and kidneys efficiently and quickly.

When these three organs are working well, they come together in a symphony of energy influencing the quality of our blood, making it strong and clean, which in return, nourishes the skin and hair and nails to be their best.

Here is how it works.

* If you want skin that is less oily and prone to break-outs, you might choose to make soup with daikon and shiitake mushrooms, both of which are reputed to work in the body to break down and eliminate accumulated fat which can result in common skin problems.

* If your problem is dry, tight skin, you might choose to sauté your vegetables before cooking them in soup to add richness of oil to the pot, to soften the dryness. You might also chose vegetables with a sweet, moist nature, like winter squash, onions, dark leafy greens and green cabbage.

So make a fresh pot of soup every day. Savor it’s deep nourishment and delicious energy – and watch as a more youthful and beautiful you is created with each spoonful.

Bon Appetit!

Breathe, smile and be happy.

©Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition and Relationship Coach

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Super Healthy Recipes for Your Spring and Summer Picnic in the Park

May 22, 2012

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To get as much benefit from the whole foods you eat its important to buy fruits and vegetables grown locally and in season.  Here a some healthy and nutritious spring and summer picnic recipes you can make for your friends and family to enjoy in the park.  You can try them on Memorial weekend or Fourth of July.


Spring and Summer Recipe with Baby Artichokes with Garlic and Oranges


Ingredients:

  • 16 baby artichokes (about 2 pounds)summer picnic in the park
  • 4 – 5  tbsp olive oil
  • 3 -4  garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ tbsp turmeric
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp sour cream or yogurt
  • 1 tbsp dill chopped
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • orange wedges

Directions:

Trim baby artichokes and cook in boiling water for 5 minutes. Sautee onion and cook in olive oil for 5-7 minutes, add garlic and cook for more 2 minutes or until garlic gets brown. Add artichokes, stir in salt, pepper, 1/2 cup water, 2 tbsp sour cream, ½ tbsp turmeric. Cook, covered, until artichokes are tender, about 5 minutes longer or until knife inserted in bottom of artichoke goes through easily. Serve, warm, garnish with orange wedges, dill and parsley.

Spring and Summer Asparagus with Turmeric Dressing and Almond Butter Recipe

Ingredients:

Directions:

Steam asparagus spears (or cook in boiled water) for 5-8  minutes or until tender.  Sautee onions in olive oil for 10 minutes. Make Turmeric Dressing in a bowl, add almond butter and onions and mix thoroughly. Place the asparagus spears on the plate and coat with the new mix of turmeric dressing, almond butter and sautéed onions. Garnish with parsley or dill.


Summer and Spring Mushroom and Quinoa Salad


Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp ghee or organic raw butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 4 cups spring greens (lettuce, spinach, arugula)
  • 1/2 cup spring green onions chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 6-8 radishes, sliced
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (or barley or wheat berries) chilled
  • 1/2 cup grated Goat cheese
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp prunes
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1tbsp parsley chopped
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


Directions:

Sautee mushrooms in olive oil for about 5 minutes, add garlic and cook for more 2 minutes; add sour cream, season with salt and pepper, stir thoroughly and set aside. Place all the remaining ingredients into a large salad bowl and sprinkle with Apple cider vinegar. Just before serving, pour the warm mushrooms in sour cream over the salad.

Bon Appetit!

Don’t forget to breathe, smile and be happy.

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Counselor and Coach

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Ten Great Reasons to Make Ratatouille Recipe

November 15, 2011

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Do you like to try new eggplant recipes?  Eggplant nutrition is good for us women; here are some reasons why:

* The purple peel of eggplant contains proanthocyanidins and anthocyanins  (like in elderberry, persimmon, tart red cherries and purple grapes, beets, and purple cabbage), which are compounds that can help protect against brain aging, heart disease and various women’s cancers.

* Eggplant is an excellent source of fiber, a mild laxative and diuretic, which can help you with weight loss, keeping blood pressure under control, diabetes, and cholesterol reduction and arteriosclerosis.

*Eggplant is one of the alkaline-forming vegetables, which can be used to strengthen the immune system to keep you healthy and in balance (acidity creates inflammation, puffiness, weaken our immune system which can lead to heart disease, etc.)

P.S. If you suffer from arthritis, foods in the nightshade family, such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and some citrus should be avoided.

P.P.S. Eggplant should be eaten in moderation by pregnant women.

Healthy Ratatouille Recipe with Eggplant and Zucchinni

Ratatouille Healing Recipe with Eggplant and Zucchinni

Eggplant is considered to be one of the most energizing and soothing. foods for women, and zucchini is helps with elimination and to keep your skin healthy and glowing.

  • 3 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 medium eggplant, chopped
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • ½ tbsp basil
  • 1 tbsp dill and parsley
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste

Sautee onions in olive oil for 3 minutes, add garlic and spices, cook for a few minutes more. Add tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini. Cook until vegetables are soft. Serve with couscous, or basmati rice.

Bon Appetit!

 

Breathe, smile and be happy.

©Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach and Counselor

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Warming Soup Recipes to Feel and Look Fabulous During Cold and Flu Season

November 7, 2009

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It’s cold outside.  Use our warming soups to nourish your body and draw energy into your digestive tract to help digest your food properly. If you have a healthy digestive tract, you will have less stress on your body.  Healthy intestines will boost your immune system so you won’t catch colds during Cold and Flu Season. 

A healthy digestive tract also helps keep your skin and hair healthy.

Here are two recipes to help you stay healthy and happy during those cold winter days and nights.

Warming Buckwheat Soup Recipe

Warming Buckwheat Soup Recipe

  • 4 cups water
  • ½ cup buckwheat
  • 2 cups cabbage chopped
  • 2 cups butternut squash, chopped
  • 2 small onions
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 strip wakame seaweed
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp parsley to garnish

Roast the buckwheat, by stirring in a skillet over medium heat until it turns golden brown and smells toasty. Sautee onions in olive oil for 4-5 minutes. Bring the water to boil with squash and wakame (cut in small pieces); dd buckwheat and cabbage, simmer for ten minutes. Add onions, salt and parsley. Serve with fresh dill.

White Bean and Vegetable Soup

  • 1 small rutabaga, dicedWhite Bean and Vegetable Soup
  • 2 parsnips, sliced
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 cup white navy beans, soaked for 2 hours
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped, to garnish
  • 2-3 fresh scallions, sliced, to garnish

Place the kombu on the bottom of the soup pot, top with beans, add celery and  water. Bring to boil, reduce hit and simmer for 50- 60 minutes until beans soft. Meanwhile sautee onions for 5 minutes in olive oil, add carrots, parsnip, rutabaga and sautee for more 10 minutes. Combine all ingredients in the soup pot, simmer for 3 minutes. Serve with cilantro and sliced scallions.

Bon Appetit!

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©Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Counselor and Coach

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Sweet Adzuki Soup Beauty Remedies Recipe to Take Ten Years Off Your Skin

October 17, 2009

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When was the last time you had some soup ? If you want to feel warm and comfy, it may be the right time to start making soup. 

I would like to share with you an anti-aging beauty remedy tip: a homemade Adzuki soup recipe that will nourish your skin from inside out to help you feel and look fabulous.

This healthy homemade beauty remedies soup recipe was adopted from one of my favorite books Glow, a Prescription for Radiant Health and Beauty by Christina Pirello.

This seet adzuki beauty remedy cleansing soup recipe will relax, nourish and stimulate your intestines and detox your liver and kidneys naturally, which can help your skin look healthier and younger.

Most of us begin to show our age when the delicate skin around the eyes grows puffy or develops dark circles and creases. Those common symptoms are a sign that the kidneys are overtaxed and tired, growing weak and flaccid.

The adzuki red beans can help to re-balance your kidney function to restore the youthful appearance of your eyes.

Adzuki Soup Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 inch piece kombuSweet Adzuki Soup Recipe Beauty Remedies Anti-Aging Tip
  • ½ cup adzuki beans, rinsed, soaked for 4 hours
  • 5-6 cups filtered water
  • 1 small leek thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 1 cup diced winter squash (butternut, buttercup, kabocha)
  • 1 cup finely diced green cabbage
  • 3 tsp barley
  • 2-3 leaves kale, finely diced for garnish

Place kombu on the bottom of a soup pot, top with beans and water. Cook for over 5 minutes (after boiling), reduce heat, to low and simmer for 35 minutes. Add the vegetables and cook for 35 minutes more – until the beans are soft and vegetables are tender. Stir the kale and serve.

Bon Appetit!

Let us be soup smart and start making one soup recipe at a time to feel and look fabulous.

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Breathe, smile and be happy.

©Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition and Relationship Coach and Counselor

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3-Min Nutritious, Easy and Fast Breakfast to Feel Fabulous All Day Long

April 18, 2009

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“Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dine like a pauper.” –Famous Proverb

Are you always busy, always on the run? Are you a breakfast eater? A fast easy nutritious breakfast is important if you want to maintain your weight or to lose extra pounds.  A healthy breakfast can also help you to have more energy and feel and look fabulous during the day.

 Watch my video tip to learn how to make a basic very deliciousand fast breakfast in 3 minutes. It is full of fiber, vitamins and minerals and protein. Oatmeal, walnuts and raisins that is all we need. For more tase, you can also fruits such as apples, oranges, banana, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, papaya, kiwi, etc.

Breathe, smile and be happy.

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Coach and Relationship Expert

NaturalCounselor.com

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