January is always the time to explore a healthier diet, evaluate your plans for the future, and reflect on the positive changes you have made already. I was making dinner the other night and couldn’t help notice a few new things in my pantry that were not in my pantry 6 months ago, but I seriously couldn’t live without ‘em now. I thought I’d share some of these health trends I believe are soo worth jumping on the bandwagon for. I threw in some fun articles and recipes for ya too!
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut is great for your skin and hair. It can also reduce the risk of heart disease. Coconut oil is a great substitute for butter in most recipes even rice krispie treats! You can make natural body scrubs with it or put it in your hair instead of conditioner. Many conditioners found in stores have been known to cause breakouts on the upper back. Coconut oil is not as heavy as conditioner and can help hair growth and lock in shine.
Turmeric is an antioxidant that can reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease, plus it’s affordable and you can cook almost anything with it! I like to add it stir-fry or my favorite tofu ramen dish. Target carries it organically so make sure to put it on your next shopping list!
3. Himalayan Salt
Himalayan Salt can be used to increase bone strength, reduce the signs of aging, cure middle ear infections naturally. You can also boil the salt with water, place it in a hot mug to breath in the steam to help fight a cold.
4. Bragg’s Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar can help acne and unclog pores! It’s also a great immune booster during flu season. It can also be used to naturally cure headaches. I take this everyday just for health reasons, I’ve taken a liking to the taste. I’ve noticed it also gives me an energy boost in the afternoon without the jitters caused by coffee. You could also take it to lower cholesterol and it has been said to fight certain types of cancers. Definitely add this to the list!
5. Turbinado Sugar
My two weaknesses? Coffee and baking. So it’s no surprise that I like to use Turbinado sugar instead of white sugar. This way, I feel less guilty sweetening my coffee in the morning. However, there’s not much of a huge differences between regular and Turbinado sugar, but when it comes to calories, you’re better off with Turbinado. In all honesty, I like the flavor of it better anyway so why not use it? I’m still experimenting baking with it and I haven’t quite mastered it yet, but when I do, I promise to blog about some good baking recipes with Turbinado sugar.