A Healthy Alternative to Candied Yams

Sweet potato mash


Recipe:
You will need sweet potatoes (my rule of thumb is 1/2 a sweet potato per person, pumpkin pie spice, margarine and a 0 calorie sweetener

Method:
Cut the sweet potatoes into chunks but leave the skin on (it helps to maintain firmness) and boil them.
Once tender remove the skin and mash. Liberally sprinkle the pumpkin pie spice and sweetener to taste, then add some margarine and give it a good stir.

I don’t measure spices just add them according to your own taste.

Enjoy.

Martina McCullough

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Incorporating Healthy, Healing Foods into Junk Food Lives

There is no love sincerer than the love of food– George Bernard Shaw


We are a junk food nation. In some way shape or form, everyone in this country has had a love affair with unhealthy food at some point in time. This is much more obvious now with childhood obesity rising at an alarming rate. There is no healthy balance — no healthy in-between.

Food can be debilitating or it can be used to your advantage. There are foods called healing foods. Easily transplanted into your diet, you may notice that you’re preferring these foods to your guilty pleasure, whatever that may be. You can still have that guilty pleasure, just not in excess.

A way to bring a healing food into your diet is to use olive oil when cooking. Heart disease, diabetes, asthma and colon cancer risks are considerably lower when using olive oil. It also has the ability to lower cholesterol and may reduce arthritis symptoms.

Garlic and ginger are two other healing foods that can be added to your diet for the better. Garlic has a history of healing, including lowering hypertension and cholesterol and preventing stroke and heart disease. If eaten raw, it can be used as an antibiotic.

Ginger has been used for hundreds of years in traditional Chinese medicine, especially in the matters of digestive illnesses. It is an efficient motion sickness or morning sickness cure and with regular consumption may help alleviate painful symptoms of arthritis.

Another pain reliever is the

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