Superfood Recipes

Good nutrition is and will always be the primary means to maintain good health, prevent disease and just overall help you to live your healthiest life.

Here are a few simple recipes, supercharged with our very own Nature’s Health supplements to incorporate into easy recipes you can make everyday.

Coconut Cashew Energy Balls


This recipe is perfect made in large batches and can be formed into balls, raw cookies, or shaped however you like for a superfood energy bite. We love the way the spicy ginger and turmeric compliment the creaminess of oats and cashews.

The recipe is supercharged with anti-inflammatory powerhouse turmeric, which also lends a lovely earthy spice to the energy balls as well as a beautiful golden hue.

Makes 20 balls
Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Pulse the oats and cashews in a food processor or a blender
  2. Add the medjool dates, ground ginger and turmeric
  3. Blend all the ingredients until well incorporated
  4. Roll the mixture into balls and refrigerate for an hour to set.

Adaptogenic Latte


Ashwagandha, literally translated to mean ‘smell of a horse’, can work perfectly into a variety of adaptogenic beverages to start or end your day on a healthy note. If the taste of this ancient super root isn’t particularly palatable for you, know that it mixes well with other ingredients to mask the taste while you get all the benefits.

This latte features the sweet spiciness of cinnamon to balance out the bitterness of Ashwagandha. Drink it in place of your morning coffee for a different kind of energy boost, without the crash, with the added benefit of stabilized blood sugar levels.

Makes 1 serving
Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Pour the almond milk in a pot and heat over a low flame
  2. When warm, mix in the maple syrup, vanilla, ceylon cinnamon, and Ashwagandha and continue to gently warm the mixture just before boiling.
  3. Turn off the heat and give the mixture a good whisk or use a frother to add a layer of foam.
  4. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

Super Greens Smoothie- Cinnamon


This smoothie is best taken as your breakfast. It’s chock full of nutrient dense ingredients that blend so well together into a creamy and seemingly indulgent smoothie to help supercharge the start of your day. We sneak in some spinach as well to help you get greens first thing in the morning while our own Ceylon Cinnamon helps to keep your mind clear and blood sugar levels stable throughout the day.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (optional: frozen)
  • 50 grams rolled oats
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 1 heaped tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 ½ cups almond milk
  • 1 handful of fresh spinach (tip: use frozen spinach if you don’t want to taste it)
  • 2 capsules of Nature’s Health Ceylon Cinnamon (twisted open)

Method:

  1. Place all the ingredients in the blender and pour the almond milk over
  2. Blend until smooth

Golden Hummus


One of our favorite things about turmeric is that it goes so well into sweet and savory dishes alike. Here, we use it in a hummus which gives it a stunning golden hue. Best served with fresh chunks of sourdough bread or simple whole wheat pita and roasted vegetables, or on top of a salad to bring all the ingredients together.

Makes 1 big bowl
Ingredients:

  • 1 can or 400 grams of chickpeas
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 heaped tablespoons tahini
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves (fresh or roasted)
  • 3 capsules of Nature’s Health Turmeric with Ginger (twisted open)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Generous pinch of salt and pepper
  • Smoked paprika to garnish

*Tip: Simply add some water to adjust your consistency

Method:

  1. Put all the ingredients into a food processor or blender
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy, and add water to adjust the consistency
  3. Serve in a large bowl and sprinkle over some smoked paprika

Have all the superfood ingredients you need to amp up your healthy recipes with our Nature’s Health Ashwagandha, Ceylon Cinnamon, and Turmeric. Our supplements are pure, all-natural, and made without any fillers so you can easily add them to recipes to enjoy both the taste and benefits of these superfoods. Simply twist open the capsules to get the powder out and use them as ingredients.

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The Health-Conscious Guide to Enjoying Sweets

If inflammation is the culprit of all lifestyle diseases, sugar acts as the fuel. There are countless studies that indicate the dangers of sugar. Although it’s unrealistic in our modern world to completely avoid or eliminate sugar in our diets, there are simple steps we can take to help us enjoy the occasional sugary treat.

If you want to keep the ill effects of sugar at bay and have your cake too, check out how you can help your body stay healthy while you enjoy your sweets.

Firstly, the dangers of refined sugar


Sugar is an all-natural compound found in many whole foods. It’s considered a refined carbohydrate, and although antagonized in the health world, a little sugar in moderation can comprise of a balanced diet for healthy individuals.

Where sugar gets its bad rap is mainly from table sugar or white sugar, which is a highly refined form of this simple carbohydrate. Processing white sugar involves a lot of chemical additives to make the seemingly innocent white granules that we all see so commonly.

Refined sugar, especially when frequently consumed in large amounts has been linked and known to be the cause of many health ailments such as inflammation, obesity, diabetes, cancer, malnourishment, tooth decay and heart disease.

Healthier refined sugar alternatives


What makes sugar harmful to the body is essentially its effects on our blood sugar. Sugar comes in many forms, but once ingested in our body, sugar is sugar. What we can do, short of eliminating sugar entirely, is to opt for all-natural sugar alternatives that have a lower glycemic index and are less refined than white sugar. Try these all-natural sugar swaps (but still consume sparingly) for a healthier sweet treat:

  • Agave: Agave, from the agave plant, is turned into a syrup that goes well with cocktails and mocktails thanks to its liquid syrupy form that makes it easy to mix with other liquids.
  • Coconut sugar and nectar: From the coconut tree, coconut sugar and nectar is a minimally processed sweetener with a glycemic index of 35, which is almost half of table sugar. It can be used as a table sugar replacement and works especially well with coffee and raw baked goods.
  • Yacon syrup: Yacon is a naturally sweet root, and turned into a syrup as an alternative sweetener with a very low glycemic index.
  • Stevia: Stevia comes from the South America stevia plant. Its naturally sweet leaves contain no sugar and don’t affect blood sugar. Made into drops or powdered form, use ¼ the amount of stevia as you would normal sugar.

Sprinkle Cinnamon on Everything!


If there was a magic bullet that could counter the blood sugar spiking effect of sugar, it would definitely contain cinnamon. This spice, not only goes wonderfully with sugary treats, it increases our sensitivity to insulin, helping to prevent blood sugar crashes and puts less strain on our liver and pancreas as they work hard to process sugar. Additionally, cinnamon also helps to curb sugar cravings.

Fortunately, this spice goes well on most sugary foods, so sprinkle away to enjoy a sugary treat without having to worry about a major sugar crash.

For when you over indulge


For days when a small treat turns into an overindulgence, you’re bound to feel a little off balance. To help reduce the ill feelings sugar may bring on, follow the below tips to help your body get back on track:

  • Don’t starve yourself: You may think cutting out a meal or two to compensate for all the empty sugary calories you consumed will help keep your body in check. This is quite the opposite, when over indulging in sugar, it’s important to not starve your body and to eat a quality fiber and protein-rich meal to keep your blood sugar from spiking and crashing.
  • Hydrate and alkalize: Too much sugar can leave your body feeling dehydrated and acidic. When you’ve had too much sugar, be sure to drink plenty of water to help your body process the sugar and to eat or drink alkalizing foods such as a green juice.

Being educated about the negative effects of sugar and how you can counter and minimize these effects, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the occasional sweet treat in moderation.

Enjoy a sweet treat, keep your blood sugar in balance and avoid a nasty sugar crash with the help of our Ceylon Cinnamon capsules. Made with premium organic Ceylon cinnamon, incorporate this super spice into your health routine and reap its many health benefits.

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Your Belly Fat Reduction Plan, No Dieting Required!

While a healthy diet and regular exercise are the gold standard in effective and sustainable weight loss and management, there are other lifestyle practices to make your weight loss efforts more effective.

There aren’t any known or proven methods to reduce fat on problem areas in your body, let alone belly fat. But fortunately, there are a variety of fat reduction lifestyle tips which specifically target your belly, an area where excess fat is most typically stored.

Not only will losing weight through losing belly fat give you a healthier scale on the number, less superficial benefits such as lowered cholesterol, reduction in chances of lifestyle diseases and metabolic complications as well as healthier vital organs are a major plus.

Try these lifestyle tips and practices to promote reduction in belly fat

1. Reduce stress


Stress, especially when experienced constantly, is attributed to an increase in belly fat due to the excess amounts of cortisol that your body releases. Stress causes abdominal fat, regardless if you’re overweight or not.

The key idea to reduce abdominal fat through stress management is to keep your cortisol levels down. That means no caffeine close to bedtime, exercising regularly to release cortisol-balancing endorphins, and allowing yourself time to relax and unwind from stress on a daily basis with whatever suits you such as meditation, yoga, journaling, etc.

It may seem like slowing down and letting your body recharge from stress doesn’t seem like the most obvious way to lose fat, but in managing our cortisol levels, you are in fact giving your body the proper cues to not store and hold on to excess fat.

2. Rule out food intolerances


A large belly caused by gas and bloating can be misconceived as fat. Consider if you have any food intolerances or allergies that are giving you indigestion and bloat. Cutting out allergens and promoting good gut health not only will make your stomach flatter, but improve your overall health.

Common food allergens include:
– Dairy products
– Nuts
– Gluten, commonly found in wheat, grain and soy products
– Soy
– Eggs
– Shellfish
– Fish

Lesser known allergens that could cause bloat irritation of the gut are:
– Artificial preservatives
– Food coloring
– Nitrites
– Artificial fillers
– Trans fats

If you suspect that you have any allergies to these foods (you’ll know you have an allergy if you experience gas, bloating, brain fog, etc.), simply cut them out of your diet, your stomach should flatten out now that there are no allergens in it to cause inflammation.

3. Balance Your Hormones


Did you know that hormone balance is vital for a flat stomach? While hormones are typically associated with reproductive health, hormones greatly determine how you metabolize and accumulate fat as well.

Hormones such as cortisol, insulin, testosterone, progesterone and estrogen all play a role in how much fat your belly accumulates. Work on keeping your hormones balanced and watch your belly fat accumulation decrease.

Here are some basic ways to care for your overall hormonal health:

  • Meditate and prioritize quality sleep to manage stress and lower cortisol levels.
  • Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates to avoid spikes in insulin and to lower inflammation. In fact, too much insulin actually stores excess calories specifically in your abdomen.
  • Incorporate adaptogens such as Ashwagandha, which promote equilibrium in your body by nourishing it according to what your body needs. If you have a hormonal imbalance, Ashwagandha has the ability to bring things back in balance.

4. Do HIIT


Daily exercise is one of the healthiest ways to burn calories and keep your body from storing excess calories, which turn into fat.

High Intensity Interval Training exercises, otherwise known as HIIT, have been shown time and again to burn more fat than prolonged exercise done at a lower intensity, and actually continue to burn fat even after your workout.

While finding an exercise that you personally enjoy and are willing to commit to on a regular basis is the most ideal way to exercise to reap all the physical and health benefits, if you’re looking to lose fat as efficiently as possible incorporate HIIT workouts into your exercise routine.

5. Incorporate cinnamon


If there’s a belly-reducing ingredient out there, we’d have to say that cinnamon would take the mantle as it’s the ideal ingredient to reduce the weight gaining effects that excess sugars and refined carbs give us.

Studies have shown that cinnamon lowers and stabilizes blood sugar. If you eat a carby or sugary meal, consuming cinnamon beforehand can offset the spike in insulin by naturally lowering your blood sugar levels and increase our sensitivity to insulin, resulting in less calories being stored as fat around the abdomen.

Keep your belly fat in control with regular intake of cinnamon and notice the reduction of fat around your abdomen.

Want to find out more about this ancient super spice? Here’s what you need to know about cinnamon. Start incorporating this humble kitchen staple and reap all of the fat reducing and sugar-stabilizing health benefits of cinnamon.

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What You Need to Know About Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a superstar ingredient in the kitchen. It’s distinct sweet, spicy, and aromatic taste is known and loved by many. Whether you like to mix it into your favorite cookie batter, bake it into a fruit pie, blitz it into fruit smoothies, or even stew it with middle-eastern dishes, cinnamon is a kitchen staple.

This spice is beloved both on a culinary and medicinal level. Studies on cinnamon have shown that it provides us with as many health benefits as it does uses in the kitchen.

Originating from Sri Lanka and dating back as far as 2800 B.C, here’s what you need to know about this ancient super spice:

1. Blood Sugar Stabilization

If you enjoy yourself a carby meal and a sugary dessert to follow, taking cinnamon would be especially beneficial for you thanks to its ability to lower blood sugar. You’ll know you’re going through a blood sugar rollercoaster if you want to lie down after you’ve had something sweet or if you generally feel sluggish after a meal; this is the energy high then eventual crash you get from sugar and refined carbs.

Consuming cinnamon reduces blood sugar levels and results in the prevention of big surges of insulin, the hormone secreted to metabolize sugar. This means feeling less tired and sluggish, especially if you’re prone to sugar crashes.

2. Fat loss

Thanks to cinnamon’s blood sugar stabilization, it also has the potential to help you lose weight and to keep excess weight off, especially around your abdomen.

Stubborn fat around your torso could be due to having too much insulin. When our bodies produce this hormone, it’s meant to metabolize sugar, however when there is too much sugar for our bodies to use, insulin deposits it into our fat cells, particularly around your stomach area.

Since cinnamon increases our sensitivity to insulin, our bodies don’t need to produce as much of the hormone, leaving less of it to deposit excess sugar into fat cells. This is why cinnamon is a popular spice in many types of fat-burning products.

3. Cinnamon and anti-inflammatory benefits


Did you know that turmeric isn’t the only anti-inflammatory powerhouse spice in your pantry? Cinnamon contains an anti-inflammatory compound called cinnamic acid which protect our bodies from inflammation and oxidative stress from free radicals. This means more protection from diseases stemming from chronic inflammation such as arthritis, heart disease, and stroke.

Fortunately for us, cinnamon is an easy spice to work with to reap its anti-inflammatory benefits. Here are a few simple anti-inflammatory recipes featuring cinnamon.

Post workout smoothie
Keep exercise free-radicals at bay by blending:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 heaped tablespoon nut butter of choice
  • Splash of vanilla (optional)
  • Pinch of sea salt (optional)

Anti-inflammatory and immune boosting tea:
Negate the greying effects of pollution and the day’s stresses with this evening tea:

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup of freshly brewed ginger

Pair it with a calming supplement to give your body a complete cue to rest and wind down.

4. Ceylon Cinnamon vs. Commercial Cinnamon


Did you know that not all cinnamon is created equal? The food industry is a highly unregulated business with many manufacturers cutting corners and as a result, sacrificing quality. Cinnamon is no exception here.

The most common type of cinnamon comes from a cousin of cinnamon called Cassia, which originates from China. While it may look, smell, and taste like cinnamon to the undiscerning eye, Cassia doesn’t have the same potency of true cinnamon and is potentially toxic in high doses. Seeing as it is cheaper and of lower quality, this is likely what you find commercially. Be wary, if you’re after real Cinnamon, don’t assume that it’s the stuff you find on supermarket shelves.

True cinnamon on the other hand, called Ceylon Cinnamon, is native to Sri Lanka and is non-toxic. It is less processed than its commercial counterpart explaining why it is more expensive and harder to find. Opt for Ceylon Cinnamon to reap all the benefits this spice has to offer.

Take your cinnamon consumption beyond the fall seasons pumpkin spiced latte and start incorporating this ancient super spice into your daily routine. Share your recipes and tips in the comments below on how to use this lovely aromatic spice to better our health.

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