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An Accidental Hippie

Your place to discover how good healthy living can be

Anti-Inflammatory Coconut and Sweet Potato Muffins with Ginger, Turmeric, Cinnamon and Maple Syrup One of the most satisfying things we can hear is, that the baking goods which are delicious and we all love, can be healthy and nutritious at the same time. Actually if all inflammatory ingredients are avoided, such as vegetable oils, processed wheat and refined sugars, and instead of them anti-inflammatory ingredients are used which are rich in nutrients, you will be able to make a tasty and healthy meal which will supply your body with a lot of energy and will also support your overall health. The recipe that we are recommending contains very nutritious ingredients, the base of the recipe is potatoes, and they are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Laura Flores is a nutritionist in San Diego, and she reported: “One of the richest sources of riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, vitamin B6, vitamin B5 and vitamin A, are the sweet potatoes. They are also very rich in carotenoids, their color gives it away. Also they contain low amounts of sodium, and they are completely fat-free, contain less calories than the white potatoes, but there is one downside, they have more sugar.” Because of their richness in color-pigmented vitamins, the sweet potatoes also have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Even though they contain more sugar, they will not cause any blood sugar spikes, instead they will help you maintain a steady level of your blood sugar, and will supply your body with enough energy, even if you are dealing with type 2 diabetes. L. Flores also mentioned: “Even though they contain much more sugar than the white potatoes, they are not like every other starchy food that will cause a rapid change in your blood sugar levels, instead they will help you maintain the levels of blood sugar steady.” On the other hand we have the coconut flour, which is highly effective in regulating the cholesterol levels, and the ginger and turmeric are there to fight against the inflammation, bacteria, prevent viruses and decrease the risk of cancer as well. The coconut milk is a rich source of medium-chain fat acids, which have the ability to help you lose some weight, and boost your metabolism. Also it is a rich source of minerals and vitamins, such as phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, selenium, iron, and vitamins E, C and B-complex. Now, below you can learn how to cook these tasty and healthy plant-based muffins: Ingredients: A tablespoon of aluminum-free baking powder 1/2 cup of unpasteurized honey or maple syrup 1/4 cup of organic coconut flour A cup of organic brown rice flour 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed in half a cup of water 2 tablespoons of organic olive oil 3/4 cups of organic coconut milk A small, roasted, sweet potato A teaspoon of ground ginger A tablespoon of ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoons of ground cloves A teaspoon of turmeric 1/8 teaspoons of ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon of Himalayan Salt Instructions: First turn on the oven, to reach a temperature of 400F. Penetrate the skin of the sweet potatoes with a skewer, make a few holes. Then add them on the baking tray and let them cook for 1 hour. Once they are baked, let them cool down and then you can cut them in half and scoop the insides of the potatoes, and put them in larger bowls. Then you can mix the maple syrup, olive oil, coconut milk and flaxseed. Mix well all of the ingredients in another bowl and then add that mixture into the previous bowl with the potatoes. Stir well and once you get a homogeneous mixture, then you can fill the muffin trays and put the min the oven again to cook for an hour. Enjoy the tasty and healthy muffins! Source: healthy-holistic-living.com

How many times have you heard that you should drink 8 glasses of water a day? It’s common knowledge but do we really know why we need to drink that much water? Listen up!

Your body is mostly water and comprises about 60 percent of your body weight. According to the Mayo Clinic, water:

Eliminates wastes through urination, perspiration and bowel movementsKeeps your temperature normalLubricates and cushions jointsProtects sensitive tissues1

But did you also know all the wonderful things water can do for your looks?Enough H2O does more than keep you hydrated. It helps your body flush out toxins more efficiently. The result? Fresher and more radiant-looking skin! Water helps your skin keep its natural elasticity and suppleness.

What do the experts say? According to Howard Murad, author of The Water Secret: The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger, not drinking water makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration.

Dermatologist Dr. Rachel Nazarian, of the New York City-based Schweiger Dermatology Group, has said, “I’ve found that water makes a big difference in skin health. Without adequate water intake, skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores more prominent.”2

Now it’s easier to become more motivated to try and drink 62 ounces of water a day, right?

For those of you who don’t have the patience to track your water intake (or who don’t enjoy guzzling water around the clock), you literally can “eat” your water to supplement your intake. That’s because many fruits and vegetables are almost 100 percent water!

Below are some fruits and vegetables that taste wonderful and hydrate you. Incorporate these into your daily diet and you will meet your water quota, helping your body work better and making yourself look better!