It's winter. With the season comes a shift in our eating habits. When it's hot and humid lighter, cooling foods are satisfying. Examples of cooling foods are cucumber, watermelon, mint, artichoke, lettuce. As winter rolls in a light summer salad leaves you feeling cold and hungry. That's where warming or grounding foods come into play, foods like nuts, grains and legumes make you feel content and warm. Spices are also handy, ginger, cayenne and turmeric are very healthful and balancing warm foods. Here's the recipe for my current smoothie obsession, it's a bit.... eclectic, so be warned. Warm Up  1 cup wild blueberries 1 handful spinach 1/4+ tsp turmeric powder 1/8" ginger OR 1 tsp grated 1/2 cup nut milk 1 tbsp honey 1 tbsp coconut oil 3 tbsp lemon juice dash of mineral salt  Blend well and check your teeth before leaving the house.

Photo Cred Lisa Every second person seems to be sick, it's just that time of year. And if you're skipping your greens, working too hard and partying a bit too much you're probably going to catch the cold... not that I'm willing ill on any of you, I'm just saying. Forget the boxed cold remedies and get on this granny concoction. Hot Cold Tea  1/8" fresh ginger, shaved 1/2 lemon, squeezed 1 tbsp unpasteurized honey 1 cup water, boiled Pour hot water over thinly sliced ginger, add lemon juice and honey. Stir well, cozy up on the couch with a blanket, two schnauzers and enjoy. Ginger is a warming food which makes it perfect for this weather and it helps clear congestion in the nose and throat, lemon is high in vitamin C and honey is soothing for sore throats plus it supports the immune system. This is a quick summary of three pretty fantastic foods that all want to be part of your regular diet. Feel better soon! Thanks to my Grande Jean for coming up with this topic on the fly.