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“For the love of”-GARLIC!

Garlic. It’s a staple in cooking world-wide. It’s one of the most common, easily accessible, delicious, nutritious and potent herbs on earth.

Garlic is capable of many things. As an immune boosting herb, it has the ability to affect our organs involved in immunity in such a way, that our bodies can produce more immune boosting cells, increase the activity level of existing cells, or both. Hence, why our elders would say “eat more garlic” when we suffer with cold/flu symptoms.

Not only will immune boosting garlic reduce cold/flu symptoms and potentially help us avoid them in the first place, but garlic can help rid our bodies of parasites, lower blood pressure, and aid in reducing risk of cardiovascular type dis-ease. The list goes on…purifying the blood, detoxifying through lymph and the rest of the body, lower the blood clotting factor.

Let’s talk antioxidants. What do they do? Combat free radicals, that’s what. Why is that awesome? Because a free radical is an unstable molecule that can cause irritation and breakdown of our tissues unless they are neutralized by antioxidants in the body. Garlic is just one of those antioxidants.

Garlic gives us anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties. It’s been used as a supplemental herb for more than boosting immunity. There’s more garlic has been used for; anti-ageing, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, circulatory aid, energy boosting, immune support, and on a spiritual level, century old tales tell us that, in theory, garlic keeps away evil spirits (or any spirits for that matter). Hollywood has certainly brought these stories to life!

So eat your garlic! Cook with it, use it raw, source organic, local, good quality stuff. Keep some on hand to ward away those spirits, and most importantly, live long and strong!

[ Recipe ] : Weekend Glow Kale Salad

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Kale, kale kale ... you are probably  just as tired of hearing about this trendy green as I am.

I get it - it's good for us. I've tried really hard to jump on this band-wagon but I'd just rather have spinach or arugula. I can't help it.

However, I found this recipe on Oh She Glows not long ago & I must say - it may have transformed my relationship with the superfood.

Weekend Glow Kale Salad Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients: 1/2 large head of kale (about 4-6 cups) 1 cup finely chopped red onion 1/2 red bell pepper 1/2-3/4 cup chopped carrot (2 small carrots) 1 English cucumber (2 cups chopped halves) 1 avocado, chopped 1 & 1/4 cup chopped grape tomatoes (or other variety) 1/2 cup mixed raisins and Goji berries 1/4 cup hemp seed 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Dressing: 1 batch of Lightened Up tahini-Lemon Dressing ( Recipe HERE ) Your desired fresh or dried herbs

Directions: 1. Chop vegetables and mix in a large mixing bowl. Reserve hemp seed and walnuts for sprinkling on top. 2. Make your Lightened Up tahini-Lemon Dressing in a food processor and process until smooth. 3. Tear the leaves off of the kale and rip into bite-sized pieces. Wash and dry kale leaves. 4. Mix the vegetables, kale leaves, and full batch of dressing (3/4-1 cup) in large bowl until thoroughly combined. 5. Place in fridge to ‘marinate’ for 10-15 minutes. Serves 4. Keeps in fridge in a sealed container for 1 day.

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To make this salad, gather as many superfoods that you like:

Cucumber (great for skin!) Grape tomatoes Red onion Raisins & goji berries (antioxidants) Walnuts (Rich in omega 3 fatty acids) Hemp Seeds (high in protein) Carrot (great for eyes and skin) Avocado Red Pepper

For Angela's full post & recipe for this delicious dish - visit Oh She Glows HERE

[  AUTHOR : Bekah Glass   ]