With the change of season it takes an extra dose of effort (and nutrients) to ward off dreaded colds. The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, N.C.) is treating spa guests to a soothing seasonal Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir that will be more pleasant on the palate than cough syrup!Chef Greg Gettles shares his recipe for a refreshing, vitamin-packed pick-me-up that combines potassium and calcium-rich Lemon, Ginger, which has antioxidant and direct anti-inflammatory effects, relaxing Lavender and Thyme, which helps relieve coughs, bronchitis, and chest congestion.
Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir Recipe:
· 7 lemons (peeled and juiced)
· 7 bruised and chopped lemongrass
· 3 oz. peeled and chopped ginger
· ½ oz. dried lavender
· 12 oz. lemon juice
· 16 oz. honey
· 7 oz. simple syrup
· 3 ½ oz. ginger puree
· 12 sprigs thyme
· 16 qt. simmering water
Method: Combine all ingredients in a cambro and pour over with simmering water. Allow mixture to steep for at least 4 hours before straining. Adjust seasoning and chill.
Enjoy and feel better!
Delicious Chicken Soup RecipeIngredients: -6 leeks, cleaned well and diced -6 carrots, peeled and sliced -1 bunch fresh dill, cleaned -1 bunch fresh parsley, cleaned -6 chicken capons (chicken thighs with skin but deboned) -4 white meat chicken capons (chicken breasts with skin but deboned) -1 1/2 cups gnocchi -3 boxes all natural, low-sodium chicken broth -1 tablespoon canola oil Directions: 1. In a large soup pot, sauté leeks in canola oil until translucent and tender 2. Add carrots and sauté for 4-5 minutes more 3. Place chicken capons skin-side-up on top of sautéed vegetables 4. Place dill and parsley bunches on a mesh bag, tie a knot to keep any from leaking out during cooking, and place on top of chicken capons in pot 5. Add 3 32 oz. boxes of chicken broth 6. Cover pot with lid almost entirely, and put on high heat on stove until soup begins to boil 7. Reduce heat and cook for 1 hour 8. Uncover and remove pot from heat 9. Take mesh herb bag out of pot, squeezing soup out into pot before discarding the herb bag 10. Remove chicken pieces from pot, remove and discard the skin from each, and then break chicken meat into large pieces and return to pot 11. Stir the pot of soup once or twice will a ladle to incorporate all flavors, and return pot to stove on high heat until soup boils 12. Add gnocchi, and continue to cook for an additional 15 minutes on medium heat 13. Remove pot from stove and serve! *This is an Italian twist on the traditional Jewish chicken soup. Healthy and nourishing, and packed with flavor, this soup has no added salt, sugars, fats, or preservatives, and the occasional floating gnocchi adds a richness that warms the heart and body with minimal fat and calories!
Corn & Butternut Squash Chowder RecipeIngredients: -2 tablespoons canola oil -5 cup butternut squash peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch squares -1 large Spanish onion, chopped -4 ears fresh corn on the cob, cooked and shucked -1 teaspoon curry powder -2.5 tsp kosher salt -3/4 tsp ground black pepper -1 32oz. box low-sodium vegetable broth -1/2 cup heavy cream (or substitute with 1/4 lowfat ricotta cheese and 1/4 cup fat free sour cream) Directions: 1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat 2. Add onion. Sauté until onion is soft and caramel in color-about 6-10 minutes. 3. Add squash, and sauté for 5-8 minutes more. 4. Add corn and curry powder, and cook for about 2-3 minutes more. 5. Add salt and pepper. 6. Add vegetable broth and simmer until squash is tender (about 20 minutes). 7. In a blender, blend half the soup until smooth. Return to pot and stir in cream 8. Cook on low flame for another 5 minutes until soup is heated thoroughly. *This thick and rich chowder is filling and delicious, as it heats up your body and warms your soul. The curry gives a little kick that cuts the sweetness of the squash and corn. The smooth-as-silk blended soup mixed with the chunky veggies, yields a wonderful textural contrast that is quite pleasing to the palate on a cold winter day! Let us know if you try either of these recipes! To learn more about Franci Cohen and her super fun and effective SPIDERBANDS unique total cardio workout, check out www.FranciCohen.com. Subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Watch our reviews on YouTube, see our pins on Pinterest and check us out on Instagram and G+. Got a Kindle? We’re on Kindle too! Shannon on G+
- Begin your day with a large glass of warm or hot water. This is great for hydration and cleansing the digestive system.
- Before you bathe, generously apply a high quality massage oil (Sarada Ayurvedic massage oil) to your entire body. Use minimal soap. This practice will calm and coat your nervous system, nourish and hydrate your skin and leave you feeling warmer when the cold winds blow this season.
- Eat your main meal between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. This is when your digestive system is most efficient. This will minimize holiday weight gain.
- Have warm milk with nutmeg before bed. This is a wonderful evening routine and nutmeg is a very effective sedative.
- Make sure you moisturize your face each day before heading out in to the elements with a heavy winter moisturizer or facial oil. This will protect against the drying effects of the winter weather.
- Take a teaspoon of turmeric in raw honey internally for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
- Make sure you exercise to the point of breaking a sweat. This will ensure your lymphatic system is stimulated.
- 3 Teaspoons raw honey
- ½ Teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 Teaspoon whole plain yogurt
- Mix together and apply to face and neck. Leave on for 8-10 minutes and then rinse with warm water.