I’m just gonna state the obvious, there’s nothing sexy about garlic. Garlic is pungent, smelly, and your husband won’t want to kiss you for hours. So why eat garlic at all?
You eat it because it’s a Powerhouse!! Check out a snapshot of the benefits:
1) It Boost Immunity! It’s a natural anti-biotic! This anti-viral food will create little soldiers in your body that hunt for the bad guys. (Well… that’s how I like to imagine it anyway.) My husband has actually been sick with a cold and flu all week. Pfffft! Eff that! I’m not getting sick. Bring on the garlic!
2) It’s anti-fungal! Do you have dandruff? That could be a fungal issue. Start eating garlic regularly and see if it helps.
3) Do you have an overgrowth of Candida albicans? That’s the strain of yeast that wreaks havoc in the body. Grab the garlic, sister!
4) It’s high in Antioxidants!
“What the hell is an antioxidant anyway and why do I need them?”
Basically, we develop free radicals in our bodies, simply put, a free radical is an unpaired electron; this unpaired electron is a lonely and reactive jerk who does damage to healthy cells and can create disease in the body. Think, anything from wrinkles to cancer. Therefore we want to neutralize this scavenging a**hole so he isn’t treating our body like his own personal carnival. Antioxidants basically walk up to the free radical and say, “Hey man, chill out.” …and then they donate an electron to neutralize him. (If you’re talking to an Anatomy Professor, don’t quote me on that.)
There are many other perks to eating garlic. But never mind all the medicinal benefits you get, I haven’t even talked about how delicious it is. It’s DELICIOUS!! Especially in this recipe! This Garlic Lover’s Greek Pasta Salad will blow your taste buds away. Try it as a side dish, or just grab a big bowl of it for lunch. Granted, there isn’t a heck of a lot of protein here, but if your job requires you to move around a lot, you’ll burn up the carbs.
Here is the recipe: Garlic Lover’s Greek Pasta salad!
1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or “EVOO” if you want to talk like the cool kids)
3 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
1/8 – 1/4 Cup Fresh Oregano Leaves (Sprinkle in some dry ones if that’s all you have on hand, but once you start using fresh, it’s hard to go back to dry.)
4 Cloves of Garlic minced
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
Pinch of black pepper
*For the pasta, you could use gluten free of course, but only make what you will be eating that day as the gluten free noodles tend to harden in this recipe once put in the fridge.
2 Cups cooked pasta
24 cherry Tomatoes
1 Seedless Cucumber, cut in slices (or 3 mini Cukes).
1 Red, Yellow, or Orange Bell Pepper.
1/2 Small Red Onion, chopped
1/2 Cup sliced Kalamata Olives
1/2 Cup Feta Cheese
Put all ingredients in bowl and pour on the beautiful dressing! Shake it up and Enjoy!
I want to end with this important information about garlic. Because I work in the Wellness field and have worked for years with similar women who enjoy trying home remedies, I have heard plenty of garlic “remedies” that have gone wrong. So let me leave you with these two warnings from two dear colleagues who messed around with garlic and lived to regret it:
1. Do not put raw garlic on bad skin thinking the antibiotic effect will clear up your skin. You will end up looking like the Phantom of the Opera.
2. I know the internet says you can insert a clove of raw garlic into your vagina when you have a yeast infection, but proceed with caution, or not at all. After hearing a garlic-vagina tale from a brave friend, and the details of the burn that she developed, I would personally opt for another option.
If you have a favourite garlic home remedy, let me know!