When you just want soul-loving soup

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I have begun to notice that I use Instagram stories almost exclusively as my food diary. Possibly 90%, as sometimes my life gets interesting, but realistically the great excitements of my day occur in my kitchen. Continue reading “Better than Instagram”

Metabolism Boosting Tea

Recently I have been seriously straying from my health wholesome food guidelines, and when I say seriously – I mean I am guilty of making a batch of sugar cookies at 10pm. I don’t know what’s gotten ahold of me, even my stomach is protesting to the abundance of cheese and sugar in my diet over the past week, but I hope to get a hold of it in the next week. However I really am enjoying the cheese and cookies and pasta… why can’t all those things be healthy?!

I thought perhaps to counteract the fact that I’m indulging heavily on the carbs, I would find a good metabolism boosting remedy! I had no idea that there are so many out there. But do they really work? How can you even measure such a thing? So I’ve decided for the next few weeks I’m going to test it out and see how I feel, whether I have better energy or feel any appetite changes, and report back soon.

As far as drinks go, there’s everything from straight up lemon juice, to ginger and cayenne, and even raw eggnog (no thanks). I decided to combine a few things that seemed to compliment each other both in taste and health benefits. What I’m hoping to do is drink this 2 hours before bedtime, and first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

Here’s my recipe:

250mL hot water
2 tablespoons sliced ginger root
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons lemon juice

When slicing the ginger root, try to get as much surface area exposed of the ginger as possible. I learned this little trick from my brother while on our Death Valley trip that if you have a ginger root, you have tea! Don’t forget to peel it, obviously. Others may say that grating the ginger makes better tea, but in fact that strategy will not extract the flavours as well as slicing will do. Ginger is great for helping with nausea, but it also gives you a sense of “appetite satisfaction”, in that you don’t really feel the need to grab a snack after drinking some ginger!

I learned that cinnamon would boost metabolism from an old college roommate who used to drink straight up cinnamon with cold water. While that doesn’t sound very tasty, and frankly a little crazy, it tastes great with the other ingredients! Studies out there say that cinnamon will help you metabolize sugar 20 times faster, which means sugar won’t be stored as fat as much.

Lemon juice is a tried and true old favourite for many reasons, including that it will lower your glycemic spike by 10% or so, meaning again that sugar won’t be stored as fat nearly as much. Additionally, lemon juice is a great liver cleanser, and when your liver isn’t working so hard, your metabolism is faster! And if you can add 2+2, you can see that that would mean a lot of alcohol in your diet would lead to a slower metabolism, aaaand eventually that dreaded beer-belly 😉

And honey, well. I like honey. I know it’s quite a bit of sugar which is sort of counterproductive to the cause but it makes the texture of this drink quite smooth, cutting out some of that acidity of all the lemon juice.

There you have it, a good healthy drink to have on an empty stomach to help cleans your organs and boost metabolism! I’m going to give it a try this week, and perhaps as the days get closer to Christmas try other ingredients, like turmeric and cayenne. If this works, I’m not exactly sure how to measure metabolism without going to a doctor or trainer, but I gather that monitoring how I feel, my energy levels, appetites, and things like that will be a decent indicator for myself whether I want to stick with these homemade teas or not. At the end, hopefully it improves my health and wellbeing!

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Recipes I want to try!

There are literally hundreds of recipes I have pinned to my Pinterest board called “i love to eat” that I have sadly not yet made yet. I can sometimes go a little “pinner-happy” and just swipe up to pin everything I see that looks even slightly appetizing, but with Christmas just around the corner now there really are some delights I want to give a whirl in the kitchen. I thought making a proper list of it may motivate me to get them done!

The list below is in now particular order, but I am going to include a why I want to make this comment for each. Follow the link to each recipe!

  1. Apple Cinnamon Creme Brûlée – this looks incredible because I love creme brûlée. Love is not a strong enough word for how obsessed I am with cremebrûlée. Any time I’m out for dinner and there’s a dessert menu, I have to check if they have a creme brûlée. And if so, you know I’m ordering it. I stumbled upon this recipe because I was searching for a recipe to use apples and cinnamon in, since I have a bunch of apples in the fridge and for whatever reason I’m in a phase where I don’t like eating them just plain by themselves. This recipe looks delicious, easy, and very fattening (which is totally okay when it’s CHRISTMAS!) I’m not sure what it will be like to make my own but even if it’s a disaster, that’s okay!
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  2. Tangy Apple Thyme Marinade – Another apple recipe! Maybe I’m on a kick. I need a quick and easy marinade for our chicken because I’m soo sick of boring tasting chicken! It occured to me last night when I made linguini chicken alfredo last night and the pasta tasted great but the chicken was blah… And then I realized that all I did was fry it up in a pan and threw it into the pasta at the end. Anyway, this marinade looks easy since it doesn’t require too many ingredients, though I probably won’t use the mustard.
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  3. Baked Kale Chips – I’ve never made kale chips! I KNOW. How can I be a totally basic b*tch if I’ve never made kale chips?! It’s happening. Reminder to self – pick up more olive oil cause we are totally out. Do you have any favourite olive oils? I learned recently that brand and type of olive oil make a big difference on quality, not just taste but also health. So let me know in the comments if you have suggestions/if you are out there even reading this 🙂
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  4. Cocktail Meatballs – If I end up going to a Christmas potluck party, or more likely hosting one (eep!), this is the appy I would make. I love slow cooking, I think it makes the meat taste so much better and fuller (is that a thing? full meat flavour? I think so), and with only 9 ingredients this looks like it would be a snap to make. I may try to reduce the amount of cranberry sauce cause that’s loaded with sugar, but we shall see.
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  5. Soft Christmas Cookies – How cute are those cookies? The decorating will be a serious struggle since art with my hands has never been my forte, but if I make these at home then my mother and sister can take over the decorating! You always need a cook sugar cookie in the holiday season.
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That’s all for now, I shall return to Pinterest for now to add more recipes to the list of many I hope to make over my life time.