Herbs for A Healthy Lifestyle

Herbs are such an important part of our health especially today with our hectic lifestyles. Most of us think they’re only good for flavoring our food but they have so much more to offer our bodies. They are chock-full of antioxidants and flavonoids. They help with weight management, allergies, heart disease, chronic illness, and help to heal the body. Replace sugar, salt, and added fats with dried or fresh herbs. And they are so easy to grow in your backyard, garden, and even small containers.

Rosemary- Rich in folic acid, Vitamin A, C, K. Rosemary reduces inflammation, it’s an anti-allergic, antifungal, and loaded with essential acids. Use rosemary in breads, teas, on fish and poultry, even make your own infused olive oils and vinegars.

Tumeric- An anti-inflammatory, detoxifier, and cancer preventor. Tumeric is great for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Add turmeric to salads, cooked vegetables, rice, stews, and chili.

Ginger- High in anti-oxidants, it’s an anti-inflammatory, and is also great for autoimmune diseases. Ginger helps with nausea and motion sickness. Perfect for pregnant mothers with morning sickness (or in my case 24-7 sickness-it worked wonders!) Add ginger to smoothies, salads, teas, and sauces.

Oregano- Full of antioxidants, omega-3s, iron, fiber, and vitamin K. It is also an antibacterial. Add oregano to sauces, pizzas, chicken, and seafood.

Cinnamon- It regulates blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, and is also a mood booster!
Add cinnamon to coffee, oatmeal, smoothies, and desserts.

Simple and easy ways to get the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay strong and healthy, especially with the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the lurking cold and flu season. Make your food taste that much better and know that a little dash of oregano on Friday night’s pizza is going to do wonders for your total wellness.

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

6 thoughts on “Herbs for A Healthy Lifestyle

    • Hi Ellie!
      Thanks for stopping by! Boy, do I wish America would eat sensibly too! Food definitely controls our health and wellness. Very cool that you have a farm! I hope to have a small farmette one day! Thanks for your post. Great to know they’re are some other health nuts out there with me! 😉

      • Whoops sorry, I should have said that I grew up on a farm. Best place to grow up because you learn self discipline (can’t wait till tomorrow to milk those cows, take in the vegetables, etc) It makes one appreciate the small things in life. Now I’m a typical practical nutritionist who nags others to be healthy!

        I do love your intelligent posts!

      • Oh that’s great Ellie! I am a holistic health coach, raw chef and Pilates instructor. I’m always nagging people about their health too. I tend to be known as the “Crazy girl” that doesn’t eat any junk. Which isn’t true I do eat the good junk sometimes just not often! Love hearing from you! Thank you so much for your comments. Love to meet new people who share a lot of the same things I do!

  1. I have cinnamon every day in my oatmeal, Kelly, but I’m not at all consistent with the others! I even grow many herbs, but I tend to forget other than for particular recipes. I’ve been thinking about making a turmeric tea. Have you done that? Do you think it’s possible to overdo something like that? I tend towards being one of those “all or nothing” people! 🙂 I remember one time my husband starting using garlic to bring down his blood pressure. He didn’t have very high blood pressure, but he thought it sounded like a good idea. After he kept nearly passing out from getting it too low, the doctor told him to stop! But think about it…just garlic and he lowered his blood pressure that much. I’m positive that herbs are the way to go in health maintenance, so I love your encouragement. I need to think about making some good adjustments! 🙂

    • Hi!
      I use cinnamon in my tea, coffee, oatmeal and smoothies one of these everyday. You can overdo tumeric if you’re not careful but I haven’t done it in tea. Wow! Overdosing on garlic huh? Bet he smelled good! 😉 Herbs are definitely a powerful thing and I know from experience they can change your health. Think of the medical industry if we all woke up one day and figured out we could grow everything in our backyard what ails us?! Scary to think, it might be that easy for most of us! Thanks for checking in sweet lady. I love getting this feedback!

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