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DIY: Cold Tonic + Immune System Booster

DIY: Cold Tonic | Bloom & NourishI am excited about this cold tonic and immune system booster! If I ever feel a sickness coming on, I often reach for a clove of garlic, so this blend of garlic, raw honey, and probiotics sounded perfect.  I think of garlic as nature’s antibiotic-it boasts antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and even anti-cancerous properties!  Garlic is a powerful immune system booster that stimulates the multiplication of white blood cells, which fight off infection in your body.  This is due largely in part to the sulfur containing compound allicin, which I discovered is even more easily assimilated into your body after fermentation!  And if that’s not enough, the raw honey added to the tonic is full of natural vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants!  Just like garlic, raw honey is also antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and it’s great for coating sore throats and reducing irritation.  Combine the power raw honey and garlic with benefits of probiotics from the fermentation process and you have the perfect immune boosting, kick-your-cold-in-the-butt team!

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The Best Kale Salad

This kale salad is one of the dishes I get the most requests for, and it’s also one of the simplest.  The hearty kale, balanced by the acidity of the lemon with a zip from the chili flakes and a nice crunch from the breadcrumbs, is addicting and it’s probably my favorite way to enjoy this dark, leafy green.

Eat your vitamins:

I have a friend who wouldn’t touch kale for years because the only way he had experienced it was as a green buffet garnish covered in spilled food (sound appetizing?).  Well, kale is so much more than that!  It is a member of the brassica family, cousins to broccoli and cabbage, rather than romaine or other salad greens.  Kale is a powerhouse of nutrients, fulfilling your daily requirements of vitamins A, K, and C in just one serving!  It is particularly high in vitamin K (over 1,000% of our daily value in 1 cup), which is key in helping regulate our body’s inflammatory responses.  It also boasts over 45 different flavonoids, making kale a front-runner against inflammation and oxidative stress, which can help lower your risk of cancer.  Go Kale!

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