Herbal Teas | The Health Sessions

12 Homemade Herbal Tea Blends to Support Your Health

Do you love cozying up with a hot and healing drink on a cold, dark day? Then herbal tea is exactly what you need this season.

Unlike the name suggests, herbal tea often doesn’t contain any actual tea leaves. Often, it’s more an aromatic infusion of herbs, spices, flowers and fruits.

What’s more, these caffeine-free drinks have been used all throughout history to support health and alleviate mild symptoms. Modern research confirms that hot water helps to extract water-soluble phytochemicals from plants, making hot herbal infusions an ideal way to get more antioxidants and other disease-fighting nutrients in.

Depending on the specific blend, herbal tea blends can improve your digestion, boost your immunity or help you fall asleep faster. Drinking hibiscus tea, for example, is known to lower your blood pressure, while ginger tea helps against nausea and vomiting.

Of course, these herbal home remedies should be considered as a helpful tool to ease mild symptoms, not as an official cure. And ‘natural’ does not automatically mean it’s right for you, so always check with your doctor or pharmacist if you can safely use therapeutic teas for your condition, without unwanted drug interactions.

You can buy a seasonal selection of high-quality herbal tea blends, or you can create your own. Whatever you like, get inspired by these 12 homemade herbal tea blends to support your health and happiness.

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11 Healthy Snacks to Beat the Midday Slump | The Health Sessions

11 Healthy Snacks to Beat the Afternoon Slump

When it comes to healthy eating, there’s one pitfall I struggle with: healthy snacking.

Especially when the afternoon slump rolls around, I crave something sweet or salty to give me a little energy boost. And of course, a banana, boiled egg, unsweetened yogurt or green smoothie would do just fine, but I love a crunchy bite – and apparently, I’m not the only one.

So if you’re looking for quick & easy snacks that’ll bring just a little extra joy to your day, then take a look at these 11 healthy snacks to beat the afternoon slump. 

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15 x Healthier Fast Food for All Your Weekend Cravings | The Health Sessions

15 Healthier Fast Foods for All Your Weekend Cravings

Do you get in the mood for pizza and drinks as soon as the weekend rolls around?

It’s not because you follow a diet for health reasons, that you no longer get cravings. But burgers and fries, hot dogs and milkshakes have a bad rep for a reason.

Fast food is high in calories, salt and fat content (and not the good kind). The trans fats in fried foods raise the bad cholesterol and lower the good cholesterol in your blood, putting you at double risk for heart disease. What’s more, highly processed foods that are low in vitamins and fibers cause harmful spikes in your blood sugar levels, which contributes to the development of diabetes.

The solution? Making healthier versions of your favourite fast food.

Ok, the recipes below are not as fast as throwing snacks in the deep-frier, and they definitely require more effort than ordering take-out. But you can enjoy healthified ‘fast’ food without getting stomach aches, bloating or worse chronic illness symptoms from ditching your diet. Plus, you can easily adapt them to suit your eating style, whether that’s vegetarian, gluten-free or keto.

No matter if you’re craving a good shawarma, fish and chips or a soft serve ice cream, check out these 15 healthier fast food recipes for all your weekend cravings! 

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15 Sweet & Savory Stone Fruit Recipes for Summer | The Health Sessions

15 Sweet & Savoury Stone Fruit Recipes for Summer

Nothing rings in the summer season like stone fruits. They’re luscious, juicy and their bright colours liven up any recipe, sweet or savoury. And even better, stone fruits are packed with health-boosting nutrients.

Cherries and plums contain potent antioxidants that help fight inflammation, whereas the vitamin C found in peaches and nectarines supports clear skin and good immunity. Mangoes are a rich source of betacarotene, which plays an important role in your eye health. Not that you needed any more reasons to enjoy these juicy fruits!

The only bad news is that stone fruits are only available for a short while. So we better make the most of them while we can. From breakfast to salads and desserts, sweet meets savory in these 15 healthy stone fruit recipes!

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9 Breakfast Salads Worth Waking Up For | The Health Sessions

9 Breakfast Salads Worth Waking Up For

I bet the thought of having a salad for breakfast has never crossed your mind. Especially if you’re not a big fan of eating first thing in the morning, a bowl of leafy greens and other crunchy veggies probably doesn’t sound that appealing. But breakfast salads have plenty benefits worth waking up for.

Naturally, leafy greens are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and disease-fighting nutrients like chlorophyll. This pigment giving plants their vibrant green colour is known for its blood-building properties and wound-healing abilities. Getting more leafy greens into your diet also supports healthy bones, reduces inflammation and protects you against heart disease and cancer. And since statistics show most of us still don’t eat enough veggies, breakfast salads are a great head-start to get those health-boosting nutrients in!

You can go sweet by adding fresh fruit to your salad or choose the full-on savory route with eggs, smoked salmon, spices or herbs. No matter if you follow the autoimmune protocol, a low-carb diet or simply enjoy a hearty meal, get inspired by these 9 breakfast salads to get you off to a flying start! 

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