Tag: garlic

Creamy Sweet Potato Broccoli Soup

Creamy Sweet Potato Broccoli Soup

This is my 4-yr-old daughter’s favorite soup right now. ¬†She gobbles it up without question, while repeatedly telling me how I’m the best cook in the whole world. ūüôā ¬†It’s also very easy to make, and oh so good for you!    

Are You Ready For The Sick Season??

The kids are off at school, the weather is changing, everyone is outside less¬†and getting less exercise…it’s the perfect combo for the sick season to set in. You don’t have to be a victim though!   Don’t let these guys ruin Fall!! For four years […]

12 Health Benefits Of Garlic

12 Health Benefits Of Garlic


History & Use

Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world and has been grown for over 5000 years.1  Garlic is part of the allium family, which includes onions, leeks, and shallots. Garlic is grown all throughout the world and is a popular cooking ingredient used in many modern dishes as well as cuisines from many cultures. Throughout history2, garlic has been used for medicinal purposes, as well as a prominent spice in the diets of many cultures. Many of the health benefits in garlic are mainly due to a sulfurous compound called allicin, which becomes active when a garlic clove is chopped or crushed. Garlic is also low in calories and high vitamins and minerals like C, B6, B1, Manganese, Copper, Selenium, Phosphorus, and Calcium3.

Why you should include garlic in your diet every day:

  1. Garlic is an anti-fatigue agent and promotes exercise endurance4.
  2. Garlic gives a boost to the immune system. A 12-week study5 found that daily garlic supplementation reduced the number of colds by 63% compared with a placebo and the average length of cold symptoms was also reduced by 70%.
  3. Garlic is associated with an overall lower risk of preterm delivery of infants, according to the Division of Epidemiology, Norwegian Institute of Public Health6. This is due to the effects of garlic on microbial infections which can cause preterm delivery.
  4. The sulfur compound in garlic, allicin,  has been shown to protect against organ damage from heavy metal toxicity (lead poisoning)7.
  5. garlicGarlic is an anti-inflammatory agent and could be beneficial for acne8 and psoriasis.
  6. Allium vegetables, such as garlic, are related to a decreased risk of prostate cancer9, although more studies are needed to prove these findings without a doubt.
  7. Garlic can lower blood pressure and total cholesterol10 (including LDL- the bad cholesterol).
  8. Garlic oil may help protect the heart from diabetes-induced myopathy11 as well as protecting the heart during surgery12.
  9. Ingesting raw garlic may lower the risk of developing lung cancer13.
  10. Vegetables rich in allium (like garlic!) support healthier hip and bones14– reducing the instances of osteoarthritis.
  11. Garlic compounds can be more effective than antibiotics15 in treating some illnesses.
  12. Garlic has the ability help you loose weight by increaseing thermogenesis, as well as decreasing the expression of several genes involved in adipogenesis16. (the creation of new fat tissue).

There are so many great reasons to add garlic to your daily diet. ¬†Also if you don’t like the taste of garlic, or don’t want your date to be chased off by your garlic breath, you can get it in a tablet form both odor free¬†or not.



  1. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=60
  2. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/131/3/951S.abstract
  3. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=60
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17955479
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11697022
  6. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/143/7/1100.abstract
  7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22151785
  8. http://www.livestrong.com/article/100740-adult-acne-garlic/
  9. http://www.apocpcontrol.org/page/apjcp_issues_view.php?pno=4695&gubun=p&s_search=&s_paper_vol=&s_number33=
  10. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23590705
  11. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/203059.php
  12. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/237839.php
  13. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/264599.php
  14. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/211915.php
  15. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/244866.php
  16. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21918057
Smothered Mushrooms and Greens

Smothered Mushrooms and Greens

¬† ¬† ¬† I love mushrooms, and I love greens. ¬†Kale however is the only green that’s a little bit harder for me to eat, so I have to find creative ways to prepare it. ¬†This dish definitely fits the bill. ¬†Packed full of nutrients, […]