Are you nuts about your honey? Your spouse, that is. Show your love by helping them get healthy — and ensure your love lasts for many healthy years to come. Making an effort to get healthy (especially eating the right foods) is one of the best things you can do for your relationship. With better health comes better moods, more energy, and even a better love life. It's also one of the most intimate parts of a relationship, too. Think about it - sometimes in our busy lives the only time we really sit down and talk is at a meal time. Food can indeed can be a contributing factor in the health of your relationship. All the more reason to make sure it's good stuff! But it doesn't have to always have to be about salad. There are healthy foods to match every time and season of your relationship:
- A fresh smoothie right after a robust exercise routine.
- Grilled veggies and watermelon juice on the deck in summer.
- A hearty soup after a long day at work.
- 1 cup cashews
- 16 oz water
- 4 Tbsp maple syrup
- 4 tsp carob powder
- 1/2 tsp peppermint flavoring*
- Flavorings have a glycerin base and extracts have an alcohol base. Extracts are stronger than flavorings, so use less peppermint if using an extract.
- Some 75% of the fat in cashews is unsaturated fat.
- Most of this fat is oleic acid (monounsaturated fat), the same kind of heart-healthy fat in olive oil.
- This type of fat helps to reduce trigylceride levels, which can be a big help to diabetics.
Nuts in general are have a high level of antioxidants, and have been shown to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by as much as 37% (1). And just a quarter cup of cashews provides you with more than 22% of your daily magnesium requirement. Magnesium is needed to balance calcium in the body. Without magnesium, excess calcium intake can cause high blood pressure, heart spasms, and asthma-like symptoms. Magnesium also helps reduce migraines and helps alleviate menopausal sleep disturbances.
- 2 roasted dandelion tea bags
- 2 tsp carob
- 1 tsp roasted chicory root granules
- 1/2 cup hot almond milk (optional)
- 1 Tbsp honey (optional)
- Place tea bags, carob, and chicory root granules in a coffee filter and brew in a coffee maker with 16 oz water as you would regular coffee.
- Pour into 2 mugs along with 1/4 cup almond milk and 1/2 Tbsp honey in each.
Roasted dandelion tastes remarkably like coffee — and it's packed with vitamins and minerals. Dandelion root is a blood purifier that contains high levels of:
- vitamin A
- 3 cups apple cider
- 1 cup orange juice
- 10 cloves
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- Combine all ingredients in a pot and heat for several minutes.
- Strain liquid before serving.
Now it's your turn. If you're nuts about your honey, prepare something special that's both healthy and delicious — you just might start something that can build your relationship in the process.
(1) Nuts and coronary heart disease: an epidemiological perspective, National Library of Medicine. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17125535