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Crazy Sexy Guide to Beans

Does this charming chant ring a bell? Beans, beans, the magical fruit. The more you eat, the more you… toot! Whether this tune gives you the giggles or makes you blush, you get the point: beans wake up your gut!

Beans are an essential component to any plant-based diet. They’re loaded with protein and fiber and add heft and heartiness to any meal. Did you know that there are more than 800 varieties of beans? Holy abundance! Continue reading

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The Top 10 Teas for Your Herbal Medicine Cabinet

herbal teasWhen you’re sick, little is more comforting than holding a steaming mug of fragrant tea in both hands, warming your face with the hot steam. Somehow, no matter how rotten you felt before, you instantly feel just a tiny bit better.

Whether you are lucky enough to grow your own tea herbs, you purchase loose teas or you use tea bags, your cabinet is not complete without the following ingredients. These teas are delicious and beneficial, with many different healing qualities. Considering that we most often turn to herbal teas for healing purposes, it’s especially important to purchase or grow organic herbs for this purpose. If your leaves are bathed in pesticide and then you add them to boiling water, instead of healing goodness, you are steeping toxins. Continue reading

Avocado: The World’s Most Perfect Food?

Did you know that the avocado has been called the world’s most perfect food and has many health benefits?

AvocadoIt has achieved this distinction because many nutritionists claim it not only contains everything a person needs to survive — but it has also been found to contribute to the prevention and control of Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other health conditions.

The avocado (Persea gratissima or P. americana) originated in Puebla, Mexico and its earliest use dates back to 10,000 years B.C. Since AD 900, the avocado tree has been cultivated and grown in Central and South America. In the 19th century, the avocado made its entry into California, and has since become a very successful commercial crop. Ninety-five percent (95%) of U.S. avocados are gown in Southern California. Continue reading

New recipes – Aubergine (eggplant)

DCIM100MEDIAI’m sure many of us have heard number of times how good the aubergines are for you. However, I’m still on  a lookout for my favourite recipe.

Below are some ideas that I have tried and I was pleasantly surprised how good they turned out. The full recipes are, as always, in the Recipe‘s section of Your Instinct.

The second recipe takes a bit longer to cook, but it’s well worth the wait. Continue reading

45 Uses For Lemons That Will Blow Your Socks Off

Most people are familiar with the traditional uses for lemons to soothe sore throats and add some citrus flavour to our foods.
However, the diversity of applications for lemons far exceeds general knowledge and once you read the following list, you’ll likely want to stock at least a few lemons in your kitchen 24-7.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is made by the fermentation of apple cider. During the fermentation process, sugar in the apple cider is broken down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol and then into vinegar. Like many types of vinegar, apple cider vinegar contains a substance called acetic acid. It also contains some lactic, citric and malic acids.

apple_cider_ vinegarWhy should we all start using more apple cider vinegar? First of all, apple cider vinegar is a completely natural product.  In integrating this product into our homes, we instantly decrease the consumption of unnatural chemicals in our daily lives.

Apple cider vinegar can help with many health conditions, including:
acne, allergies, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, flu, gout, heartburn, high cholesterol, sore throat Continue reading

New recipes – Courgette

Courgette/ zucchini is another underrated vegetable (it is actually a fruit from plant-science point of view) which is simply delicious and so versatile. Most of the time they are served cooked or baked, in various pasta or rice dishes, stir-fries or soups, however they can also be eaten raw in salads or raw pasta dishes.

courgetteOne of the main courgette’s properties (along with other squashes) is cancer prevention, by inhibiting cell mutations, especially effecting in preventing colon and lung cancer.

It is rich in nutrients like magnesium and potassium which help normalise blood pressure and plays an important role in cardiovascular health in general. The vitamin C content along with carotenoids stops the oxidation of bad cholesterol in the blood, therefore prevents the occurrence of strokes and heart attacks. Apart from Vitamin C they contain lutein which can serve as an herbal remedy for people with vision disorders and for sharpening the eyesight. Continue reading

Spice up your life – it’s only healthy

spicesHow bland our food would be without the wonderful addition of herbs and spices? We use them in our cooked dishes, as well as raw such as salads, sandwiches or juices. However, let’s don’t overlook their nutritional values and amazing health benefits.

I’ve just updated the Nutrition section on Your Instinct, by adding a section devoted purely to the invaluable Herbs and Spices. Continue reading