Oh honey, how I do love my manuka honey! I’ve been using the skincare line for close to a year now, and if one more person tells me I can’t possibly be old enough to have seen the Grateful Dead in concert back when Jerry Garcia was alive, I will promptly kiss them on the lips. Manuka honey is pretty exotic. Unlike those teddy bear filled containers you see at the supermarket, this stuff comes from New Zealand bees that pollinate the manuka bush. I’d always thought of manuka as a skin must-have, but my favorite TV doc was just explaining how it’s great for acid reflux, too. Who knew?
Give me chocolate for Valentine’s Day and I certainly won’t complain (especially if its dark and studded with almonds). But a box of candy isn’t the only way this old-school superfood has the power to make me swoon. By now most of us know that chocolate is “good for you”—packed with antioxidants, minerals and nutrients that boost mood with every blissful bite. But did you know your favorite treat also has prettying powers?
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family of plants and is well known for its use in curries and other Eastern dishes. Its bright yellow color makes it useful for dyeing fabric, and it’s also used in decorative body work, particularly at Indian weddings, where the bride is often treated to a bridal mask. As part of this traditional practice, turmeric and milk are mixed together and applied to skin the night before the wedding—creating a golden glow that’s not only beautiful but said to ward off evil spirits.
Simple. Satisfying. Healthy. Heavenly? With just 364 calories and 4 grams of fat, this light, layered breakfast is a dieter’s dream. Start the day with creaminess, crunch and a kick start from a cleverly mixed-in scoop of protein powder. Pre-make parfaits for easier mornings, drizzling on honey until just before serving.
Kick canned cranberry sauce to the curb! Here’s a fresh, homemade version that’s so delicious, it earned an upgrade from modest side dish to star of the holiday show. For big family feasts or a healthy dinner any day of the year, cover baked chicken with this tangy, naturally sweet topping, made in minutes on your stovetop with a few simple, wholesome ingredients.
Platters overflow with cookies. Pies are piled high. There’s no shortage of sweets on your holiday table, but are any of them healthy? Bring on the baked pears! These festive fruits are warmed and drizzled with raw honey and non-fat Greek yogurt for a nutritious and delicious dessert. Top with a sprinkling of homemade granola to keep the sugar count down and elegance level up.
Crazy about chai? This wildly popular drink, made from black tea, milk and traditional Indian herbs and spices, is guzzled down by coffee-shop goers for its exotic, eye-opening flavor and irresistible creaminess. But a luscious latte isn’t the only way to enjoy it! In these mouth-watering muffins, an organic spiced chai protein shake is used to create moistness and kick up nutrition. Add raisins or diced apples for extra yum!
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