Hey have I got a little guy that is just so cute I just have to talk about. He is the new and up and coming vegetable for those Thanksgiving Dinners. It is the fresh Brussels Sprout! He is the talk around town and you just have to check him out. If you love any type of cabbage he is your man. The flavor is so good, you can enjoy them hot or cold. I have always loved Brussels Sprouts so they will definitely be on my Thanksgiving menu. Here are a couple quick and easy recipes that I want to share with you, featuring… the Brussels Sprout! Continue reading “Easy Thanksgiving Side Salads”
Halloween is right around the corner and it’s time to start planning your Halloween menu for those great Halloween parties. With the help of the very best Social Media and Video crew we put together our 2nd Annual Coborn’s Halloween Video. It was completed with a lot of laughs and a lot of makeup. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed creating it! Continue reading “Halloween Party Ideas”
Feed a cold, starve a fever. According to the Scientific American this saying is attributed to John Withal’s dictionary dated 1574. The belief was that eating would warm the body up to help overcome the cold and starving the body would aid in cooling it down during a fever. Neither is actually correct.
The number one defense in fighting these common illnesses is to have a strong immune system and the first thing one can do for their immune system is to eat right—before the cold or flu strikes.
But this winter if you should find yourself getting that all too common cold there are some great and easy ways to nip that bug in the bud.
When my sons were younger and the cold season was hitting in school, the first things I would do would be to put a pot of homemade chicken soup on the stove, make them a warm cup of echinacea tea with honey in it and have them suck on zinc lozenges. It sure seemed to ward off the sneezing, sniffling, runny nose symptoms. I honestly cannot remember a time my boys had to miss school because of a cold. Now that they are older I will give them a cold fighter gift pack in the fall, a box of echinacea tea, a little bear full of honey, zinc and elderberry lozenges, vitamin D and some essential oils. It’s up to them to use it before the cold takes hold!
Why Zinc, Echinacea & Elderberry?
Zinc is believed to work for both colds and flu, a study at the Cleveland Clinic found that people who sucked on 6-8 lozenges a day reduced the duration of their cold by over three days. Echinacea works to help cut the risk of catching a cold as well as reducing the length of the cold. The flavonoids in elderberry extract (not jam or wine) stimulate the immune system.
Hot drinks and honey are soothing ways to relieve congestion and the inflammation in the lining of your throat and nose. I have always used echinacea tea with a squirt or two of honey in it, but have found that even just putting the tea kettle on with water and drinking just the water with honey is soothing too. We all know that drinking plenty of liquids is a golden rule, and these warm drinks are comforting.
Speaking of comfort, what is more comforting than a nice steaming bowl of homemade chicken soup? A study at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha proved that this isn’t just an old wives tale. The soup contains an amino acid that acts like acetylcysteine, a drug prescribed to help clear the mucus, but without the long list of side effects. The steaming liquid of the soup helps to not just give us comfort but helps to boost the liquid intake we need to increase during a cold. I know that lots of us don’t have time to just whip up a big ol’ pot of homemade soup especially when we’re not feeling the best, that’s okay because a good quality can of chicken soup will work too—sadly though, they are loaded with sodium which hinders the hydration we need when a cold is trying to take over. So drink extra-extra water along with the canned soup.
Vitamin C & Vitamin D
When autumn comes around I start taking Vitamin C and increase my dose of Vitamin D to aid in bolstering my immune system. Vitamin C works to knock out free radicals so that the immune system can work better. Vitamin D, a.k.a. the sunshine vitamin, is made in our body through the skin when exposed to sunshine. Well who here in Minnesota gets to expose their skin to the sun in the cold months? Nobody that I know! Add to that, most of us are in school or at work if the sun is shining during the winter. Therefore, supplementation is helpful. Few foods contain Vitamin D, but the best sources are the flesh of fatty fish such as salmon and tuna, small amounts are found in foods like egg yolks and beef liver. Next time you’re at the doctor ask to have your level of Vitamin D tested; chances are you may be a little low. There is an increased risk of infections in the body when it is deficient in Vitamin D.
Using a diffuser for essential oils, or putting a few drops in a pot of simmering water helps to deter the growth of viruses. Simmering the water or using the diffuser also helps to put moisture into the dry winter air. Eucalyptus, lavender, clove, and cinnamon bark are among the best essential oils for colds.
Natural cold remedies? Eat right, drink plenty of liquids, and get plenty of sleep and exercise. Easier said than done, right? I hope that when you cannot avoid the germs or life is too hectic to take care of yourself properly you will find some relief in the bug fighters I talked about in this blog.
Coborn’s Natural Foods Manager
Click Here for more articles written by Cheryl
With State Fair season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to gear up for it. There are so many different goodies to try when you visit the Fair, but who’s to say you can’t make your very own Fair food at home or work?
A couple of co-workers and I decided to give it a whirl this year and made some deep fried mini candy bars. This recipe was super easy to do and, believe it or not, it was my first time deep-frying. The batter easily covered 2 whole bags of fun size candy bars. We used 1 bag of Snickers and 1 bag of Milky Ways. Needless to say, these didn’t last long at all.
As we were finishing up, one of my coworkers thought it would be fun to take some of the left over batter and deep fry it by itself. The result? Funnel cake! Sprinkle some powdered sugar or add some chocolate syrup on top for an even sweeter treat.
These would be a great treat to put out at any get together since they are quick to make and the fact they are on a stick makes them easy to eat as well.
Here’s how we made them:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup 2% milk
Fun size snickers or milky way candy bars
Oil for deep frying
Heat oil in deep fryer to 375°F.
Mix first five ingredients in small bowl. In a larger bowl, mix egg, water and milk.
Add dry ingredients into larger bowl and whisk until moistened.
Dip candy bars into batter and coat evenly.
Carefully drop batter coated candy bars into oil a few at a time.
Fry until golden brown, flipping as needed to cook evenly.
Using tongs, carefully remove bars and drain on paper towels.
Insert wooden skewers into bars.
Dust with powdered sugar if desired.
Have fun and happy frying!
Coborn’s Inc. Graphic Designer