Gift choices and giving should be a natural pleasure but often it feels stressful.
Why does it sometimes fill us with dread ? How do we get something for the person that has everything? We looked to leading psychologists, philosophers, and grandmothers for answers. What they said made sense. Their advice not only opened a new universe of potential gift ideas but changed gift giving back to what it should be - a time to appreciate and honor others.
We give gifts to celebrate others. In the end, it does not matter if it is to say thank you for kindness, to a stranger as an act of compassion, to our partners, parents, siblings, co-workers, or children we have created these 6 Essentials for Great Gifts:
1. Be Personal - Gift giving is one to one. It is your opportunity to connect directly with someone. This is a gift for them and no one else. You chose it for them. Spend some time to look at the next 5 Essentials and you will meet this #1 essential of gift giving.
2. Look to the Past or to the Future - Gifts can celebrate the past or the future. Memories of past times, a great flavor, a familiar texture, a happy scent from our past that is full of joy. Pick a gift that connects to time. Future times are full of promise. Are they planning a trip? Moving house? Getting married? Having a child? Find a gift that can be part of that future or that helps connect to a happy past time.
3. Be an experience - choose gifts that can be enjoyed. Experiences are best shared. Find gifts that can be enjoyed many times. Wonderful snacks, beautiful aromas, and great tastes can be enjoyed over and over. Small happy experiences that can be repeated and shared many times make for great gifts.
4. Include a little bit of yourself - make the gift connected to you. Add a special note about the history or providence of the gift. Add something that made it special to you and gives more information on why you are sharing it.
5. Make them happy - gifts should make them happy. Gifts that make them comfortable, relieve their stress, or provides them with relaxation are appreciated.
6. Be what they need - a gift that solves a problem is a good gift. If your gift is to help someone climb a mountain next month then that is a great thing but most people have simpler ambitions. Not everyone feels well or is leaving for an outward bound adventure in the next month. Gifts that bring simple comfort, warmth, and better mobility are always well received.At Verdant Kitchen® we have curated a selection of individual items, gift collections, and gift sets from $5 to $60. They include gifts that prepare for great adventures or bring simple comfort when times are tough. We work to craft gifts that bring joy to those who receive them and to those give them.
Thanks to our Instagram friend @sundaybacon for the image and recipe
Start the day with this sweet, gluten-free and nutritious Ginger Coconut Farina Fun fact Growing up in Australia 🇦🇺I ate Farina (milled wheat flour) as my daily hot cereal. This gluten-free recipe has @bobsredmill brown rice flour version.
For the Farina 👇
1/2 cup @bobsredmill brown rice Farina
1 1/2 cup coconut milk
2Tbsp dried cherries
2 Tbsp walnuts, chopped
1 Tbsp @verdantkitchen Ginger Bites - we added these to boost the ginger. You can use some grated or dried ginger.
For the topping👇
1/4 cup fresh berries
2Tbsp @verdantkitchen Ginger Syrup
1 Tbsp sliced Almonds
1Tbsp Pumpkin seeds
1 Tbsp unsweetened coconut
✅Bring coconut milk, cherries and Ginger Bites to a boil
✅Add Farina, cover, reduce heat & simmer 8 minutes, stirring occasionally
✅Scoop the goodness into a bowl and load with the toppings
✅Drizzle with @verdantkitchen Ginger Syrup
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1 tsp Turmeric Infused Honey8 oz waterJuice of half a lemon
INSTRUCTIONSBoil your water and let cool.Juice the lemon into the water.Stir in the honey.
When you have a cough or cold (or are trying to avoid getting one) there are several foods that can provide comfort and essential nutrients and active ingredients that support your bodies natural ability to be well.
When we have a cough or cold several issues come into play.
We cough to help expel contaminants and irritants from our airways. A body function that is critical but when we cough too much can cause discomfort and lack of sleep.
Honey appears to increase salivation, this is probably due to its sweetness and this, in turn, can help your body reduce the urge to cough.
Our immune system is working overtime, producing white blood cells and seeking out and destroying the invading virus and bacteria. This battle produces toxins across our bodies, including bits of dead cells and other byproducts.
Lemon is full of minerals and Vitamin C, a strong antioxidant. Antioxidants can help with cell repair and immune system strength. Oh, and did I mention that when mixed with Turmeric Infused Honey the sweet/sour/earthy flavor is absolutely delicious.
Our immune system is triggering its histamine weapons to help attack the invaders but this often gets out of control and causes inflammation that we feel as discomfort.
Turmeric contains Curcumin and many other active ingredients that studies and 10,000 years of use, as a natural food, have shown its ability to modulate inflammation.
We often feel the aches and pains of dehydration. We need to stay hydrated and flush our systems clean.
Water is the magic liquid. It is a wonderful carrier of our nutrients. When we warm the water up to make our drink, the warm water helps the Turmeric be more soluble and easier for our bodies to absorb.
Simple, time-honored, delicious and soothing. Made in minutes with natural ingredients. Don't wait to be sick to include it into your every morning routine.
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Ginger is a powerful addition to your morning smoothie. Ginger is a natural source of a wide range of anti-oxidants and polyphenols. It supports your whole body nutrition and has a wonderful calming effect on your digestive system.
loaded with nutrients for your body and brain. This is our take on a green smoothie from @pinchofyum green smoothie boosted with our Lemon & Mint Dusted Baby Ginger.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup frozen peach slices
2 cups kale (stems removed)
1-2 cups almond milk
A drizzle of Verdant Kitchen® Ginger Infused Honey to taste
A squeeze of lemon juice
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It just seems that as soon as the mornings get even a little cool in the south you suddenly think about a slice of pecan pie.
Delicious yes but to us, the recipes have just become overly sweet and loaded with refined sugars.
We went looking for a healthier option. This is our take on a more "healthy" pecan pie inspired by A Sweet Pea Chef https://www.
We think you will love it. Easy to make, it will be a fall favorite.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
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It's National Vodka Day! Yes, there is, in fact, a National Vodka Day, so let's take this opportunity to celebrate it with the very best ingredients.
Then Moscow Mule is such a great cocktail. (Get the kit here with mugs, ginger syrup, and recipe cards)A few simple ingredients and you have a refreshing cocktail that has broad appeal. Combine it with copper mugs and it's eye-catching!
It seems like so many iconic drinks started out as a marketing campaign. Most accounts have a John G. Martin buying the rights to the Russian Smirnoff brand in the late 1930s only to find that vodka was not the drink of choice. The Second World War was yet to burst upon the world, but the memories of WWI and the Russian Revolution were still fresh. The story goes (and this coincidence is perhaps a bit of a stretch) that Martin was discussing his issue getting vodka sales moving with two friends, one with a similar problem with ginger ale and one with copper mugs. This is just a crazy enough combination to possibly be true. The three set about solving this business problem by combining their respective products into a newly manufactured drink - the Moscow Mule. Just as I can personally attest (as an Australian) that the "blooming onion" only exists at Outback Steakhouse and nowhere in Australia, the Moscow Mule was a marketing creation and not the historic drink of Cossack warriors.
Nevertheless, what was handed down since the 1930s has become a favorite. The drink has been made with ginger ale, but we've found that by using our Ginger Syrup you can better control the flavor.
Enjoy responsibly - give as a gift generously!
It's summer and we all need to think about keeping ourselves and our families well hydrated. It is one of the key things we can do to help build and maintain a Strong Active Life™. Is it really possible to consume the recommended 8-10 glasses of water per day? Not only is it possible, it can be enjoyable and full of whole health benefits. One answer is simple - "Infused Water."
The recipe couldn't be easier. Make your own spa-quality Turmeric Ginger Water with Turmeric Dusted Baby Ginger. For a citrus mint burst, try Lemon and Mint Dusted Baby Ginger. Just add a piece to a water bottle, infuser or tumbler of sparkling, still or tap water. Give it a shake or stir. Let it sit for a few minutes and drink. At the end, eat the piece of ginger. It will still be packed with flavor.
Our bodies are 60% water, and our very life is dependent on water. We've all heard these statistics. It isn't just a life or death question. Our bodies and mind run much better with the correct amount of water. More on this topic in a later blog. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine suggest a consumption of 2.5 liters per day for women and 3.7 liters per day for men.
Easy to say, but let's put that into perspective. That is equal to 84 fluid oz of water for women and 125 fluid oz for men. It doesn't just vary with male/female, it also depends on age, size and physical activity, so for simplicity let's just call it 90 fluid oz on average. My math gives an equivalency of 9 x 8 oz glasses of water per day.
Our daily water intake can come from a number of sources and not from just drinking 9 glasses a day. Many of our foods have a high water content and count toward this daily target. Fruit, for example, is often 90% water. A large apple like the one I weighed as 12 oz, would be about equal to an 8 oz glass of water.
Tea, coffee, fruit juice and soda are all mostly water, so an 8 oz coffee counts as one of the 9 glasses we need each day. For many of us, that still leaves 40+ fluid oz a day to be consumed (5 x 8 oz glasses).
Enjoying 16 fluid oz of infused water each day is a great way to help reach the daily goal. Many people are just not motivated to drink plain water except when they're thirsty. As we age, our bodies are less reliable at letting us know when we are mildly dehydrated. Tea and coffee are after all just another form of infused water. Let's describe infused water as anything that is left to "steep" in water. The water acts as a carrier and moves some of the flavor, nutrients and other compounds into the water.
Back through time, people who did heavy manual labor realized that if you flavor water with ginger, you can consume more water without that bloated feeling. Infusing your water with our range of ginger-based products is a quick, simple and delicious way to help stay hydrated.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Treat yourself and your friends to this healthy Ginger-Cranberry-Almond Snack! Three simple ingredients make a quick snack that's packed with energy and great for picnics, hikes, traveling!
A mix of heart-healthy raw almonds, antioxidant-rich dried cranberries, and Verdant Kitchen Crystallized Ginger. A delicious way to enhance a strong active lifestyle!
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: None