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Chives – The Herb of the month!

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Aren’t you interested in reading about this amazing herb? Yes? Today at OiB I will enlighten you about Chives. ( YESS :D)

Origins

Nature has provided us with various beneficial organic gifts. Chives are one of them. Chives is the world’s most commonly used herb. Its origins were traced from the land of Asia. It can also be found in some parts of Europe. It is a low profile herb, which means that not a lot of people know about it. It is available any time of the year in markets. You can also grow chives at your place.

Chives are considered are one of the most selling herbs people just can’t get enough of. It is regarded highly because of its refreshing taste and flavor that its gives to food. It also possesses excellent therapeutic quality. Growing chives in your backyard are immensely necessary.

It belongs to the same family as onion and garlic, but it is the smallest in the troop. Its aroma and flavor cannot be described in words. It gives strong flavor and distinctly good taste to every food that it is incorporated too.

Surprising Benefits

Chives are also used for garnishing. Besides of its being beneficial in the kitchen, it is also best known for its therapeutic values which help in fighting common illnesses and infections.

Chives are rich in oil and essences that are naturally given off in the air because of its sulfur content.  This is the reason behind the unique-mouth-watering smell of herb used in many food items. The best part about growing chives in your garden is that it van directly be used after plucking. It is unbelievably versatile and can be used in many kinds of foods. It is great for pasta and vegetable mixes. It also enhances the flavor of meat and poultry related dishes.

Having the similar therapeutic effect as garlic, chives are also beneficial in easing heart and blood circulation. It also works well in normalizing fluctuating and unstable blood pressure. Furthermore, chives can also improve your eyesight because it contains a high percentage of vitamin A content. It is also rich in calcium, which helps in strengthening your bones. It is also good for a more resistant immune system.

Fresh Chives | OrganicIsBeautiful
Fresh Chives | OrganicIsBeautiful

Grow at home!

Because of various benefits of chives, people are showing interest in growing chives at home. It is a good thing as growing chives is  relatively easy and can be done even if you have basic gardening skills. In a backyard garden, chives can be grown along with the other herbs in one bed. You have to make sure that plant is well watered but not drowned and that it is getting enough sunlight.

You can also grow it inside your house even you are living in a classy modern looking apartment or home. You can have herb ready whenever you want one. As the herb is almost water resistant, its maintenance is easy. Once it is sprouted, it can go about itself. Because of this, even if you are busy with your work, you can have a herb ready for your dinner or for your first aid to certain illness.

I have one at my place and I tell you, it is very beneficial to have one of your own.

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DIY MIXED HERB VEGAN PESTO

Ingredients

1 Cup Mixed Herbs (Basil, Cilantro, Sage, Parsley, Cilantro, Kale, Arugula, Mint, Chives) Choose 1 to 3 that complement each other

¾ Cups Nuts of Choice (Pine Nuts, Cashews, Walnuts, or Blanched Almonds)

¼ Cup Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast

2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

1 Clove Garlic

¼ Teaspoon Salt

¼ Teaspoon Pepper

Instructions

Add everything to a food processor. I used the smaller bowl and blade insert. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides as needed.

Aren’t you excited to try it out? 😉 

Chives

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Everything About Almonds

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I love this one. “Want to boost your memory, eat a handful of Almonds everyday”. This is the
tip that has become a norm.

Botanically speaking, almond belongs to the family of the peach, plum and the cherry. This
species of the tree is a native to Middle East, North Africa and the Indian subcontinent. However, according to some sources the origin of almond is accredited to Central Asia and China. In the Mediterranean region specifically in some parts of Levant, the almonds are considered to be the first to be in the region. You can find their traces in history all the way to the Bible.

Skin Types and Almonds
It is one of the most amazing things about almond that it is good for every type of skin.

 Almonds can have a blooming effect on a normal skin.

 Oily skin attracts too much dirt and it can be addressed by applying an almond face
pack.

 For sensitive skin, almonds are the best choice because they do not contain any acidic
nutrient. Not only this but also almonds contain antioxidants due to which they can
thwart the unwelcomed microbes.

 Applying almond oil on an oily skin gives the best results.

Main Benefits of Almonds. Almonds are considered as the memory booster and this is not without reason. Here are some remarkable benefits of almonds.

 Enriched with Lots of Nutrients. Almonds can be termed as the nutrient factory as they contain fiber, protein, fat, vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, vitamin B2, carbs, and phytic acid all in one seed. All these nutrients are very important for the nourishment of human body.

 Prevent Ageing and Disease
Almonds are a great source of antioxidants which help protect against oxidative stress, which are a danger to molecules and can be a reason for ageing and diseases like cancer. Furthermore, they alleviate oxidative stress.

 Help Prevent Heart Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease
Almonds are filled with Vitamin E which, according to a study, when taken aplenty can help prevent heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

 Control Blood Sugar
Almonds are a perfect combination for diabetics as they contain lesser carbs, more healthy fats, fibers and protein. Furthermore, they contain a high amount of magnesium which is involved in blood sugar control according to a recent study.

 Beneficial for Blood Pressure
Magnesium in this seed not only controls the blood sugar but also the blood pressure levels. According to a number of studies mitigating magnesium deficiency helps reduce the blood pressure.

Traditional Skincare Usage
 Almond is frequently used in cosmetics.
 Its oil has also been used for massages.
 Oil extracted from almonds is good for treating stretch marks and scars.
 Being anti-inflammatory, it is also used for digestion purposes.

Precautions
 Don’t use almonds if you are allergic to them.
 Almonds belong to the group that can cause oral allergy syndrome, thus if you have a reaction after consuming almonds, consult a doctor immediately.

Simple Recipe for Skincare
Take 6 or 7 almonds (soaked overnight), ground them in a granular form after peeling their outer skin. Add an essential oil, mix it and then rub it on your face in circles. Then wash your face with lukewarm water.

I hope you liked this info. Use the comment box below to share your thoughts!

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Try This: Savory Breakfast Yogurt

Yogurt can be much more intimate that you may think. I will not mention its fabulous and natural healing and calming properties for your skin. No, that would be a sacrilege. Why? Because today, on OiB, we indulge ourself. A me-time should I say. You have finished pampered yourself, you had some turmeric latte to kick start your day.

Now, it is time for breakfast time. Yes, it’s time to take yogurt beyond fruit and granola. Look to your favorite spices and nuts, consider the possibilities of any leftover cooked veggies you have in your fridge, and start layering ingredients until you have a bowl that’s to your liking. Not sure where to start? Here’s some good options.

And the good thing is all of which can be happily mixed and matched.

1- The base: Tomato

Tomatoes | OrganicIsBeautiful
Tomatoes | OrganicIsBeautiful

Tomatoes, raw or roasted, is plain yogurt’s best friend. Chopped or grated raw cucumber is great, too, as are shredded or thinly-sliced carrots and radishes. Roasted or sautéed onions or garlic, squash, greens, and mushrooms are also good options. Even better if you have them leftover from dinner the night before.

2- The Taste: Pesto

Pesto | OrganicIsBeautiful
Pesto | OrganicIsBeautiful

Use any herb you like: basil, parsley, dill, mint, etc. Do you have some pesto or herb oil in the fridge? Definitely use that.

3- Shape it: Nuts, Grains & Seeds

Sunflower Seeds | OrganicIsBeautiful
Sunflower Seeds | OrganicIsBeautiful

Because every bowl of yogurt is better with something crunchy on top, pick your favorite nuts and seeds and sprinkle generously. Go for pumpkin, sesame, and chia seeds; almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and pistachios; or crunchy coconut chips.

Walnut | OrganicIsBeautiful
Walnut | OrganicIsBeautiful

(I like to toast a mix of a few different nuts and seeds in a small skillet before adding them to my yogurt bowl, but you don’t necessarily have to do that.) Nut and seed butters work with yogurt, too, so go ahead and add a swirl of almond butter, tahini or even hummus. Feel free to check my Facebook page for more details. I am also on Instagram and Twitter 😉

Instead of sweet granola, try raw or toasted rolled oats, or an unsweetened puffed grain cereal. Leftover cooked whole grains or quinoa can be a nice, chewy addition as well. Quinoa? Sounds familiar. If not, click on the link for a quick reminder

4- The rest

Never forget a sprinkling of salt: it’s the finishing touch that makes everything sing. If that salt is a flaky sea salt and adds a little bit of crunch, even better. Something spicy like chili flakes or curry powder is always nice, too. For that matter, so is a few shakes of hot sauce.

Unless you’re using pesto or herb oil, a drizzle of your very best olive oil is the ultimate finish for a savory yogurt bowl.

Note: I would hate to show off my [not-that] awesome photography skills on OiB one day. Yet, that day has not come yet. The visual used to prepare my article are from Epicurious.com.

So, now you know 😉 Oh, the possibilities! Have you ever tried savory yogurt? What are your favorite combinations?

Amanda 😉

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