It’s Spring in Minnesota, which means the weather is unpredictable. One day it’ll be 70 degrees and beautiful, and the next 45 and chilly. On those chillier days I love drinking lots of tea and one of my favorites is Tulsi Original which is basically Holy Basil.
Holy Basil is in the mint family of plants and full of health benefits. Do you suffer from seasonal allergies this time of year? If taken regularly, Holy Basil can help alleviate allergies like hay fever.
Holy Basil or Tulsi can also benefit conditions such as:
Stress and anxiety
Blood sugar irregularities
High blood pressure (not in place of medication if you are currently on it)
Viral or fungal infections
Colds and flu
Herb Pharm makes a tincture which is quite pungent. I prefer the tea.
It is abundant in India and is referred to as the "mother nature of medicine." If you have autoimmune disease like Hashimoto's, this little herb can help modulate or balance the immune system. This is a good thing for autoimmune patients because the immune system can often be regularly on high alert.
You can add a little Manuka Honey to make it more palatable if you think tea tastes like earth like my youngest daughter. :)
On those chillier days, I also find myself seeking comfort foods. There’s not much that says comfort to many of us like the flavors found in pizza. If you need a little of that comfort and a quick dinner plan, I have just the recipe for you. It’ll give you that comfort while still nourishing your body — it’s also an easy dish to throw together!
Here’s the recipe:
Pizza Hotdish (Casserole if you don't live in MN)
1 medium onion, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 ounces of pepperoni cut in four pieces (wedges)
1 pound of ground beef (Italian sausage would be great here)
3 handfuls of power greens, chopped kale, or spinach
1 tsp salt
1, 15 oz can tomato sauce (organic is ideal)
2 tsp dried oregano
olive oil or coconut oil for the pan
Spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles or gluten free pasta (my favorite is Banza if you tolerate chickpeas)
1. Cook the spaghetti squash OR the gluten free pasta if using. If you choose zucchini noodles you can just add them to the pot at the end and let cook for 3-5 minutes.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil or coconut oil.
3. Add onions and let cook about 5 minutes until translucent.
4. Add ground beef or Italian sausage, breaking up and cooking until no longer pink
5. Add garlic and pepperoni along with the can of tomato sauce and spices. Stir to combine.
6. Let simmer to combine flavors for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
7. Add greens and pasta and stir to combine. Let cook a minute or two until greens are wilted.
*** If you tolerate dairy, you could add some high quality, preferable grass fed, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese to this but it is delicious without.
I prefer to use Applegate brand or Organic Valley brand pepperoni for this. Do the best you can.
If you’d like more help trying to navigate your Hashimoto’s through the foods you eat, be sure to contact me. You can feel better.
Peace and Love,