Showing posts with label Recipe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Recipe. Show all posts

June 07, 2016

Turmeric-Tomato-Black Pepper Soup to Fight Inflammation, Cancer and More...

Although inflammation is a necessary part of your immune response to real health threats, when it occurs out of context, it does a lot more harm than good.

Inflammation and Chronic Disease

Research has shown that unchecked inflammation in the body is associated with even the earliest stages of disease development.  Inappropriate inflammation is the root cause of many common chronic diseases such as arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, and even multiple sclerosis.

fight inflammation and cancer by eating tomato soup

Yet, the key to reducing the number of people suffering from a chronic disease is to address inflammation through diet and lifestyle changes.

In a 2005 scientific publication, T. Edwards writes “we have enough information presently to make the necessary changes in our lifestyle to significantly affect the inflammatory process and potentially live longer, healthier lives, with fewer burdens to an overburdened and failing medical system”.

How to Combat Inflammation

The biggest factor that we have control over when it comes to inflammation, is our diet. While there are food types that are infamous for causing unnecessary and dangerous inflammation, there are others that have been proven to have the opposite effect. One of these foods is turmeric.

Turmeric benefits

Turmeric has long been used as a part of traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties. It’s being widely adopted in western culture for the same reason.

A 2011 study tested its effects on arthritis in rats, and found that turmeric decreased the production of inflammatory cytokines while increasing the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines in the body. These researchers also compared turmeric to ginger, and found that it was an even better anti-inflammatory than ginger is.

Turmeric is also used to promote digestive health. Specifically, it can help to treat Crohn’s disease, ulcers, and inflammatory bowel disease. Also, turmeric is an anti-oxidant, so it helps prevent cancer.

One study testing 3 different types of turmeric root found that it was able to reduce breast cancer, colon cancer, leukemia, and melanoma cancer!

Black pepper benefits

Eating turmeric along with black pepper will totally maximize its effects. There is a substance in black pepper called piperine that increases your body’s absorption of turmeric (bioavailability) by 2000%! Even on its own, black pepper can fight oxidation in your body, and can stimulate healthy digestion.

Tomato benefits

Tomatoes are full of lycopene; it’s what gives them their vibrant red color! It’s also what makes them powerful anti-oxidants.

Not only will reduce your risk of cancer, but consuming lycopene can also help guard against heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels in your body and keeping your blood pressure low. The bioavailability of lycopene (how well our bodies can absorb it during digestion) is significantly increased when we eat cooked tomatoes vs. raw tomatoes.

Turmeric Tomato Soup Recipe

turmerik - tomato - black pepper to fight cancer and inflammation

This colourful and delicious vegan friendly soup takes advantage of all three of those chronic-disease fighting foods. We also love how quick it is to make: only 15 minutes!

What You Need:

  • ¾ cup cherry tomatoes, rinsed and cut in halves
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (don’t drain the sauce)
  • ½ cup low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 minced onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

What to Do:

  • Fry onion and garlic in coconut oil over medium heat for 1 minute.
  • Add turmeric, cherry tomatoes. Cook until tomatoes are soft.
  • Add canned tomatoes, stock, ACV, and basil. Bring to boil on medium-high heat, then cover and let simmer on low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Blend using a blender or hand mixer until creamy.
  • Season with salt and pepper.

If you make this, post a pic and let us know what you think!

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June 04, 2016

Grilled Chicken With Basil Tomato Salad

Did you know that a study from the University of California, Berkeley, recently found that fresh ripe tomatoes with olive oil were scientifically proven to be the perfect summer salad?

delicious grilled chicken with basil tomato salad

OK, not really. That’s a made-up study. But if anyone ever did find a way to scientifically measure the perfect summer salad, then tomatoes with olive oil would probably be the winner. Especially if you add some fresh herbs and a splash of balsamic vinegar to bring out the flavors! And on top of the taste, this salad is also an antioxidant powerhouse.

For protein, add some grilled chicken with a simple herb rub. It’s nothing that will steal the show from the tomatoes, but this type of chicken recipe is great for making double or triple and saving the leftovers, especially as the weather starts edging towards “too hot to cook.” It’s just so nice to have some pre-cooked protein all ready in the fridge, and it gives you a reason to play around with even more salad options.

Grilled Chicken With Basil Tomato Salad Recipe

healthy basil tomato salad recipe

Servings: 4 | Preparation time: 20 min. | Cooking time: 25 min.

  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless;
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml.) herbes de provence;
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml.) paprika;
  • ½ tsp. (2 ml.) garlic powder;
  • ½ tsp. (2 ml.) onion powder;
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml.) fresh lemon zest;
  • 2 cups (473 ml.) cherry tomatoes, halved;
  • ¼ cup (59 ml.) basil leaves, minced;
  • 4 tbsp. (59 ml.) balsamic vinegar;
  • 4 tbsp. (59 ml.) extra-virgin olive oil;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;

  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat.
  • In a bowl, combine the herbes de provence, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, lemon zest, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Sprinkle the spice mixture all over the chicken breasts.
  • Place on the preheated grill and cook for 10 to 12 minutes per side, until cooked through.
  • In a bowl combine the cherry tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil.
  • Toss everything together and season to taste.
  • Serve each chicken breast topped with the basil tomato salad

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