Lattes that are Beneficial to your Health?

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We all love our morning coffee and even our afternoon coffee sometimes but with the delicious caffeinated beverage comes loads of sugar that isn’t the best for us. What if I told you that there is a new latte that is making waves in the coffee industry that is actually GOOD for you and your health.

Turmeric is exceptionally good for you and we all know that. Turmeric is primarily used in dishes like curry and rice but did you every think to add this spice to your morning cup of coffee? In Europe a golden milk or turmeric latte has risen 50 percent between 2016 and 2017 and it seems like coffee lovers are in love with this new drink.

The healthy drink industry is all over this new drink and loving it. Although a turmeric latte hasn’t hit our coffee shops yet, it is only a matter of time before big coffee giants like Starbucks takes this healthy spice and adds it to your already awesome drink. Besides turmeric, coffee shops are also adding ingredients like mint, cinnamon (no shocker), cardamom, ginger, saffron, and pepper to drinks for their added health benefits.

Is a golden milk or turmeric latte something you would want to try?

Overnight Oats the Perfect Breakfast

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Need an amazing breakfast that will keep you full but also give you the energy to get through the morning rush? Overnight Oats is a great way to get the day started and super easy to make, hence the name. Overnight oats are just oats that your prepare the night before and in the morning you can grab and go.

Fortunately for us, Dave’s Gourmet is making our nights even easier by preparing the overnight oats for us, all but one ingredient included.  Dave’s Gourmet overnight oats are gluten free organic oats, chia seeds, fruit, and almonds, all you need to do is add the milk and let it chill.  Dave’s Gourmet is offering their overnight oats in a variety of flavors too, including Blueberry Almond Vanilla, Apple Nut, and Cinnamon Raisin.

Dave’s Gourmet is currently using crowdfunding through KickStarter to get their overnight oats launched and they are asking for you help! To learn more about Dave’s Gourmet Overnight Oats, click the link here to be sent to their KickStarter page.

 

 

You Need to be Using These Spices Right Now

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We all know that spices can have amazing healthy benefits and can make a plain piece of chicken taste pretty good. Did you know that some of the most common spices, probably ones sitting in your kitchen right now, actually have  benefits and you didn’t even know it? Read on to see why you need to add certain spices to your everyday routine.

Black pepper is great for you in moderation. Studies have shown that spicy foods actually help people eat less, so if you’re trying to watch your weight then pepper is exactly what you need. Pepper also contains piperine which could have some fat-burning properties and slow down the maturation of fat cells. So next time you need a good seasoning, break out that pepper.

We’ve said it before and we will say it again, cardamom is actually really good for you. This spice can increase your metabolism and can leave you feeling satisfied longer. Cardamom alone is great to use when you are trying to lose weight since it adds so much flavor to a dish that you won’t even realize you’re missing some of your favorite foods.

Cumin is high in phytisterols which can help control cholesterol in our bodies. There are also studies that say that cumin can help increase your metabolic rate and help digestion.

Garlic is a household spice but did you know that it contains antibacterial properties? These antibacterial properties are actually linked to lowering the risk of certain cancers! Add garlic towards the end of your cooking to help retain all of its nutrients.

These are just a few spices that can overall help your body when you eat them. Give them a try and let us know what you think!

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Try These Spices to Help Curve That Sweet Tooth

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We all get those mid-afternoon cravings for sweets but sometimes we can’t indulge like we want to and instead sit at our desk miserable and dreaming of a jelly filled doughnut. Did you know you can add a few simple spices to your daily routine to help curve your sweet tooth though? Yep, it is really that easy. Take a look below at some spices you can add to your meals to help you get that sweet tooth under control.

Fenugreek has a maple taste and a maple/sugar smell to it, which makes it perfect to help stop that sweet tooth. Research has also shown that fenugreek helps lower blood sugar levels, so it actually has two benefits all in one. Fenugreek goes great with soups or curry, so try adding some to your next meal!

Cinnamon and nutmeg are no surprise here. Cinnamon has an already sweet taste to it which can help satisfy sugar cravings but it can also help reduce the glycemic levels that food has. Cinnamon is a great spice for all diabetics to use too! Nutmeg is often paired with some of our holiday favorites which can help bring back comforting memories but also nutmeg helps boost your bodies natural serotonin levels.

Cardamom has a slightly sweet flavor and some say it is the spicier version of cinnamon. Cardamom has a lemon-vanilla smell to it and is so versatile, you can use it in almost anything. Try adding it to a smoothie, yogurt bowl, or your oatmeal and that afternoon craving will be kicked to the curb.

Using these spices can help you naturally stop eating that extra sugar but still leave you feeling satisfied. Give them a try and we promise you won’t regret it!

Starbucks is Ending their Evening Menu

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Millennials everywhere are taking a moment to mourn the loss of the Starbucks evening menu. The evening menu was specifically served at night which featured small artisan plates that paired with beer and wine. The program started in 2010 but only at select Starbucks.

January 10th, today, is the final day for the evening menu but fear not, Starbucks will continue to serve alcohol at their high-end Roasteries and Reserve stores. They plan on opening at least 20 Roasteries around the world, six of those being open by the end of 2019. Starbucks’ also plans on opening 1,000 more Reserve stores, which is like a normal Starbucks only bigger.

Starbucks wants their focus to be more on the lunch menu now and is trying to expand their fresh and healthy-food selection. Keep a look out for organic soups, new bistro boxes, to-go salads, and desserts to name a few.

The World’s Healthiest Spices

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We all enjoy spices, they add amazing flavor to our food, brighten up dishes, and are all around a great thing to keep in the kitchen cabinet. But more and more now we are seeing the added health benefits that come along with throwing spices in our everyday meals. Here are some of the healthiest spices you can get your hands on to add to your next meal.

Sage is a great remedy for sore throats and upset stomachs. Researchers are even saying that sage can help improve some symptoms of early Alzheimers disease. Try adding sage to your tea to help sooth that throat or try it on squash or chicken. Parsley has been researched to help inhibit breast cancer cell-growth. Researchers recommend adding parsley to a daily dish to try and prevent breast cancer.

Rosemary pairs great with potatoes and it can help enhance mental focus and fight foodborne bacteria. Try adding rosemary to your next meal by adding it to your meat and potatoes. Chile peppers add a great heat to any meal but they are also known for boosting one’s metabolism. Since chiles can be so hot they help trigger the bodies natural cooling system, when then helps speed up your metabolism. Trying to lose weight then add these spicy favorites to your next dish.

Cinnamon is always great in hot coco or on some cookies but this spice also helps stabilize blood sugar. Researchers say that adding up to two teaspoons a day of cinnamon to your diet can help with type 2 diabetes because it lowers post-meal blood-sugar which usually spikes after a meal.

These spices are just a few of many that can help you live your everyday life. Which spice is your favorite?

Thirsty Thursday: Pineapple Orange Green Tea

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Happy Thursday everyone! The weather out here in California has taken a turn for the better and we are getting sunshine and heat like no other! Since Spring is here, might as well find a fun drink to sip while enjoying the amazing weather outside. A pineapple orange green tea is not only refreshing but it is also healthy and filled with tons of minerals and vitamins that are good for you.

This drink is simple to make, taste great, and will be a hit with the friends and family. The ingredients are easy to get and the green tea will help speed up your metabolism and leave you feeling amazing!

Ingredients:

  • 6 green tea bags
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1/2 cup honey

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Remove the pan from heat and throw in your teas bags and allow those to steep for 5 minutes. In a pitcher add the pineapple, orange, and honey. If you are not a fan of super sweet tea then you can choose to leave the honey out, it is up to you. Pour your warm tea into the pitcher, over the pineapple and oranges. Stir until all the ingredients are mixed together. Add the remaining 4 cups of water and refrigerate until you are ready to serve!