Today is the first day of winter! I don’t know about you; but, the first food I reach for, when it’s cold outside, is a big bowl of soup. This year, I’ve been giving my Instant Pot a workout, with tons of new soup and stew recipes I’ve created for you. My first recipe was Instant Pot Spiced Meatball Vegetable Soup!
So, yes, I have officially added beans back into my diet. After successfully reintroducing kidney beans, I thought I’d give other beans a go. My first recipe is this one, Instant Pot Chicken with Black Beans and Gravy. I’m sure I’ll have have many more for you, as I expand my bean-eating experience.
Typically, during this time of year, I put out a post with a roundup of great holiday recipes. Well, there are a lot of food bloggers doing that already. Instead, I decided to give you a recipe for my personal holiday stress-reducing tonic. After all, many of us could sure use that, instead of another way to cook sweet potatoes.
In the real world, the holidays are often a stressful time for many of us. We get caught up in a flurry of gift buying, food preparation, budgeting and goodness knows what else. Sometimes, we are forced to deal with toxic or negative family members, we try to avoid during the rest of the year. There is not enough wine in the world to help you through a holiday meal with one of these people. LOL! Instead of reaching for the alcohol, give my holiday stress-reducing tonic a try.
A few words of warning about my holiday stress-reducing tonic: (1) Only drink one cup, until you know the effects on your body. If you notice sleepiness, instead of calm, reduce the amount of Valerian root. (2) Don’t drive, until you know the effects on your body. Should you become sleepy, you don’t want to be behind the wheel of your car. (3) Don’t use more of any herb than I’ve directed. More is not always better when you’re taking herbs. Some can have negative effects in higher doses. (4) Drink your tonic about 20 to 30 minutes before stressful activities (or stressful people’s arrival), to give the tonic time to move into your bloodstream. Enjoy your zen!
Also, I wanted to let y’all know about the Black Friday weekend deal I have going. If you purchase my ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide at http://bit.ly/STFBUNDLE, you get my AIP Paleo Cajun Cookbook for FREE with discount code: BLACKFRIDAY16. The discount will only be given through the bundle link http://bit.ly/STFBUNDLE. You must enter the discount code in the appropriate box and click update cart at checkout. You will then get both ebooks for only $6.99. Offer expires 11/28/16, at 11:59pm CST.
My Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide is not just a fitness guide. There are tons of tips to help you reduce stress, get better sleep, and make batch cooking easier. These are all tips we could use around holiday time.
I wish you all a happy, healthy holiday season. Remember to take lots of deep breaths, do a little yoga, and drink a cup of Holiday Stress-Reducing Tonic.