The Body as Water: Hydration through Food

Water and the Body

Water is vital for our physical health. Our bodies need water to survive. I could go over all the ways that water is necessary for our bodies to function at their best but I’m going to let you find that information on your own. It’s important for us to recognize that we must take an active role in our lives. That act for you today can be to research what, how, and why our bodies utilize water the way that it does. Drinking water is not the only way to keep ourselves hydrated. There are several water dense foods we can eat to ensure that we are giving our bodies exactly what it needs to so we can optimize our health.

Here are some of my favorites.

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Pineapple
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Raspberries
  • Starfruit
  • Baby Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Radish
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumbers
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Green Peppers
  • Spinach

-Rose

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Enchanted Hearth: Stews

Greetings beloveds,

Stews are a hearty and filling way to increase or maintain your intake of vegetables during the winter. The amount of liquid present differentiates stews from soups. Stews are thicker and can be served on a plate with the liquid serving as a sauce or gravy. Stews are easy to make! Just take some of your favorite winter vegetables such as root vegetables including carrots, potatoes, turnips, or parsnips. Then add in some cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, mustard and collard greens. Lastly, we can’t forget onions, garlic, and spices to taste. Combine these items in pot or a slow cooker with plenty of water. Let these cook over a low fire until the root vegetables are soft. Separately you may want to cook some rice, quinoa, millet, or couscous to pour the stew over. Depending on how much you make a stew can provide you with nourishing meals for up to a week.

Here’s to good eating in the Sacred Hearth!

-Rose

Enchanted Hearth: Harvest Season-Fall Foods

Sacred HearthFall HarvestGreetings beloveds,

My favorite season is here. Although this time of year has become bombarded by pumpkin spice everything, there’s more to fall than pumpkin. Here’s a list of the vegetables, fruits, and herbs that are in season during the fall.

Vegetables:

Acorn squash, arugula, beets, Belgian endive, broccoli, brussels sprouts, butter lettuce, buttercup squash, butternut squash, carrots, cardoon, cauliflower, celery, chayote squash, chicories, chilies, Chinese long beans, delicate squash, daikon radish, edamame, eggplant, endive, fennel, garlic, ginger, jalapeno peppers, artichokes, jujube, hearts of palm, horseradish, kale, leeks, lemongrass, muscadine, ong choy spinach, okra, onions, peppers, radicchio, rutabagas, shallots, sunflower kernels, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, tomatillos, turnips, zucchini

Fruits:

Asian pear, Barbados cherries, black crowberries, cactus pear, cape gooseberries, crab apples, cranberries, date plum, figs, grapes, guava, huckleberries, key limes, kumquats, grapes, mushrooms, passion fruit, pear, persimmons, pineapple, pomegranate, pumpkin, quince, sapote, Sharon fruit, sugar apple

Herbs:

Rosemary, parsley, sage, thyme

 

The Body as Water: Hydration through Food

Water and the Body

Water is vital for our physical health. Our bodies need water to survive. I could go over all the ways that water is necessary for our bodies to function at their best but I’m going to let you find that information on your own. It’s important for us to recognize that we must take an active role in our lives. That act for you today can be to research what, how, and why our bodies utilize water the way that it does. Drinking water is not the only way to keep ourselves hydrated. There are several water dense foods we can eat to ensure that we are giving our bodies exactly what it needs to so we can optimize our health.

Here are some of my favorites.

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Pineapple
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Raspberries
  • Starfruit
  • Baby Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Radish
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumbers
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Green Peppers
  • Spinach

-Rose

The Enchanted Hearth: Light and Filling Summer Foods

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Basil, Bay, Chives, Coriander, Culantro, Dill, Fennel, Gotu Kola, Heliotrop, Lemongrass, Lovage, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Tarragon, Thyme, Savory

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Fruits

Apricot, Asian Pear, Barbados Cherries, Black Currents, Blackberry, Blueberry, Boysenberry, Breadfruit, Cantaloupe, Casaba Melon, Champagne Grapes, Cherries, Crenshaw Melon, Currants, Durian, Elderberries, Fig, Gooseberry, Grapes, Grapefruit, Guava, Honeydew Melon, Huckleberry, Jackfruit, Lime, Loganberry, Longan, Loquat, Lychee Nut Mango, Marionberry, Mulberries, Nectarine, Olallieberries, Passion Fruit, Papaya, Peach, Plum, Raspberry, Strawberry, Sugar Apple, Tayberry, Watermelon, Zucchini

summer vegetables- Rainbow chardVegetables:

Beets, Bell Peppers, Butter Lettuce, Chayote Squash, Chinese Long Bean, Corn, Crookneck Squash, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Endive, Garlic, Green Beans, Green Soybeans, (Edaname), Jalapeno Peppers, Lima Beans, Manoa Lettuce, Okra, Peas, Radishes, Shallots, Sugar Snap Peas, Summer Squash, Tomatillo, Tomatoes, Winged Beans, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Zucchini

The Enchanted Hearth: Foods for Spring Time Renewal

Greetings beloveds,

Spring is here and the plants are awakening from their winter slumber. Check out my post on Flowing with the Seasons to learn more about the magic of Spring Time. This is a fantastic time of the year to begin to switch over to light fares such as leafy greens, citruses, and herbal teas. Here’s a quick list of foods to cherish and increase their volume in your diet during the light of spring.

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Herbs

Dandelion, Black Walnut, Red Clover, Alfalfa Leaf, Stinging Nettle, Peppermint, Burdock Root, Eucalyptus, Cilantro, Tumeric, Ground Ivy, Milk Thistle, Neem

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Fruits

Apricots, Cherries, Bitter Melon, Honeydew, Jackfruit, Limes, Mango, Oranges, Pineapple, Strawberries

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Vegetables

Artichokes, Asparagus, Belgian Endive. Broccoli, Butter Lettuce, Cactus, Chayote Squash, Chives, Collard Greens, Corn, Fava Beans, Fennel, Fiddlehead Ferns, Green Beans, Manoa Lettuce, Morel Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Pea Pods, Peas, Purple Asparagus, Radicchio, Ramps, Red Leaf Lettuce, Rhubarb , Snow Peas, Sorrel, Spinach, Spring Baby Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Vidalia Onions, Watercress
Here’s to a beautiful spring of love and light,
-Rose