Mornings are for hot lemon water!

Fall and cold weather means starting my day with hot lemon water.
Hugely benefit to the body and mind. Including helping you to lose weight and keep
hydrated, improving your digestion, increasing your vitamin C intake, and boosting energy levels for both body and mind.

Happy first day of Fall

Love – Faduma

Favorite Spices

Cooking without spices is like having a dance party without music The two just must go together. Aside from adding tons of flavor to any dish you’re whipping up, spices are a low-calorie (usually zero-calorie) way to add a little extra zest to your favorite food. Experimenting with different spices can help your taste buds decide which ones go well together and which ones are better on their own. And to boot, there are tons of health benefits that come with many commonly used spices. Even spices as simple as salt and pepper can do a body good.
Today I’ll be telling you a bit about those benefits, so take a peek below and get ready to get spicy…
 My favorite Spices to keep on Hand:
Turmeric –is one of my favorite ingredients to add to my fresh squeezed juices because it adds a little zing to the flavor. Nowadays the benefits of turmeric are everywhere, but I just love the range of dishes it can flavor. Rice dishes, to flavor meat and fish, or to transform veggies.
Ginger – Ginger itself has many health benefits, and since it plays an important role in the flavor. I love how ginger adds a sweet-but-spicy kick to my tea, green juices, and smoothies. It has a strong smell and taste, but it can work wonders on an upset stomach or indigestion.
Ground Cumin – Great on both veggies and meat, this spice is versatile but intense, and you’ll find that a small jar lasts forever.
Saffron – Saffron may be one of the most expensive spices out there, but it’s also one of my favorites.
 Curry Powder – is a little different in that it is a blend of spices (you can even make your own). Exactly why it’s essential to have on hand – this powder is doing the work of many, making it easy to flavor meals.
 Cayenne Pepper – It’s easy to fold this spice into a dish to give it a kick, and a little goes a long way. A pinch of cayenne was delish in my turkey chili. Cayenne pepper, also helps to stimulate circulation, neutralize acidity in your body’s pH levels, and can even help with migraines.
Paprika – This spice varies in taste because it can be made from many ground up peppers. It’s very common in spice blends and just about every region of the world uses it in its cuisine.
CardamomCardamom, has so many health benefits that it is seen in some cultures as a natural medicine for ulcers, digestive problems, and even depression. Eating this spice will help to detoxify your kidneys, fight a cold or flu, and even to cure hiccups. I love the flavor of cardamom in tea.
Black Pepper – Black pepper is so commonly used that you probably wouldn’t even think it has health benefits. Black pepper has also shown to have antioxidant and antibiotic benefits. So, don’t be afraid to add a little shake of black pepper at your next meal.
 What is your favorite spice to use when cooking?

 Love,

Faduma

Fruits & Snacks

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Fruits are the best snacks for anyone who wants to eat healthy, real food full of natural carbohydrates and feel full without consuming empty calories. Fruits provide us with the best form of natural sugars, so they are good for a snack if you are feeling low on energy or if you are an active person. But all fruits are not created equal, and there are some that are better than others for their low carb content and also for their antioxidant content and nutrients.
I try to make every snack, I eat during the day center around vegetables or fruits. I usually try to include a little protein and fat in my snacks so they have some staying power, but the bulk of the mini-meal is a vegetable or fruit. Carrot sticks and hummus, apple slices and peanut butter.
Here’s a list of the super fruits – or in other words – the best fruits that you could snack on.
  1. Berries: Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries.
  2. Cherries – Cherries are similar to berries in terms of their antioxidant value
  3. Apples and Pears – They’re low in sugar and contain a respectable amount of fiber.
  4. Grapefruit – Most citrus fruits are quite high in sugar, but grapefruits are not.
  5. Apricots and Peaches – With similar nutritional value as apples and pears, these stone fruits are a smart way to get a good dose of vitamin C and fiber.
  6. Bananas – Easily available all through the year, filling, nutritionally dense
  7. Grapes – Again, easy to find throughout the year, take our pick from green, black and red grapes. Grapes are a good fruit during flu season to help build immunity and also power pack those nutrients.
Snack on, and snack smart. Whatever your aim, be it energy or weight loss, there is a fruit for you to fill you up, to feed your skin, and to take care of your hunger pangs. Choose your fruits wisely and you will be healthy and happy.
Not only does this habit go a long way toward getting my daily allowance of fruits and vegetables, it also seems to whet my appetite for healthy foods, so that I’m more likely to keep eating well throughout the day — sort of the way eating a piece of cake as a midday snack seems to make me crave cake as a bedtime snack too.
It’s a small change, but it’s easy to follow and always has me feeling and eating better in no time.
Are there any simple, daily changes that have helped you to eat healthier?