Ginger Root

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

~Philippians 4:13

There are foods that remind me of beautiful moments in time.  Ginger is one of those foods for me.  Ginger always brings me good memories; the taste of it, the smell of it, the all of it.  It brings me back to my childhood times when my mother used to wake up very early in the morning to go to work, and used to wake me up with her. I of course did not want to wake up, but once I had my ginger tea, I would feel it was the best morning ever…and I felt like that every time I had my ginger tea.  I liked the tingling heat and the sweetness after the heat.  At such age, as an early consumer, I was not aware of its health benefits.

Health Benefits of Ginger Root:

  • Alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress – regarded as an excellent carminative
  • Soothes the intestinal tract
  • Antioxidant effects – ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds
  • Contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols
  • Helps prevent the symptoms of motion sickness
  • Has been used to treat nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy (please check with your doctor first)
  • People with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvement on mobility when they consume ginger regularly

This information about the health benefits of ginger is taken from:  The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murray N.D. and Joseph Pizzorno N.D.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

~Philippians 4:13

God bless you & with love,

Querin

More wheatgrass

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I just went to wholefoods and bought a whole tray of Wheatgrass!!! I also had a shot of it while I was at wholefoods.  All you need is one shot of one oz. a day for it to start working and for you to start feeling great.  It is amazing for your health and after knowing it’s benefits I can’t just not have it available. 
Drink to your health!
Querin

Iron Bar In Time Square – New York York City

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I left work at around 11:30pm, Tuesday night, June 17th. I took my usual E train and as usual got off on 42nd and 8th Ave.  As usual, I then take the bus and go straight home to West New York.  But this time I did not go straight home. I was hungry and so I walked to Kodama sushi, my favorite sushi restaurant. Unfortunately (or fortunately I should say), Kodama sushi was already close. But I was hungry and determined to find a place where I could eat something healthy and delicious at the same time.

I know that as a healthy eater, eating close to your bedtime is not ideal and definitely not recomended.  I regularly try to have my last meal three to four hours before my bedtime, however not tonight. Tonight I was hungry and wanted to eat. Since Kodama sushi was closed, it’s not like I had many options at this hours of the night (it was past midnight), but then again, I was in New York City—the city that never sleeps. I stepped into Iron Bar. Many times before I have passed by this place, yet I had never attempted to go in, but tonight I did. They serve food until 2 am. Yes, I know we are into healthy eating and not eating very late, but sometimes we eat late.

What was so special to me about this place, was that as soon as I walked in, Pierro, the host was so naturally hospitable. I am very critical of hospitality as it is my field of expertise. Pierro handed me a menu; I took a look at the options. I noticed that among their selection of dishes, they had some salads and gourmet pizza with smoke salmon. I wanted to eat some fish (that’s why I had originally headed to Kodama sushi), but I definitely did not want to eat pizza, especially at this late hours. So I asked Pierro if they could do a salad for me with the smoke salmon.  Pierro very kindly asked me which salad did I want and he even suggested one of the options—the beet salad.

Once I decided to go with his suggestion, he then introduced me to Jason, the restaurant manager. He asked Jason if they could make a special order for me. Jason shared this was the first time they were making this change (the salmon is only used on the pizza with smoked salmon), however, he did not hesitate and immediately sought to make the special order—the beet salad with the smoked Salmon.  Jason then had a server assist me to a table. When I received my salad, I was not disappointed. They exceeded my expectations.  This is one of the best salads I’ve ever eaten.  I also enjoyed the ambience of Iron bar; it is very inviting. The décor is an open floor plan with tall windows; wide doors that make you feel the outdoor is part of the indoor, and high ceiling. On the bar side, it has a series of TVs aligned for sports fans.

Thank you to the team at Iron Bar for accommodating my needs, to Pierro in particular for giving me such a warm welcome when I walked into the place.  I for sure will be back.

Thank you,

Querin

A healthy choice on the go

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When I’m strolling the city, NYC that is, I try to look for healthy choices meals. Le Pain Quotidien is a good option. This particular store is located on 70 West 40th Street ( between 6th and 5th Ave.) It is right across from Bryant Park. Their bread is gluten free and their ingredients are organic and of high quality.

Almond butter

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Ingredients:

-Organic raw almonds, organic first pressed cold olive oil, 1 clove of garlic, half or one lemon, sea salt to taste.

Directions:

-Place almonds in a glass container and let soak over night.  The next morning, peal the almonds.

-Place almonds in a food processor, add salt to taste, squeeze the lemon, add olive oil (you may keep adding as needed while processing in the food processor).

Keep processing until the almond reaches a paste like consistency.  Once done, place in a glass jar and keep refrigerated.  Use it as a spread on bread and crackers.  Eat to your health!

Enjoy!

Querin