Diva Musing: Ginger Water…


Ever on the lookout for your health. Another tip for your winter arsenal.
I love ginger, the tangy hotness and lift I get from it.  Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Ginger Water – The Most Powerful Drink Of All Time!

There are numerous diets you can find online that are supposed to work, but rarely any of them really burn your excess pounds. Luckily, we have something that does, and it’s a simple natural mixture you can prepare easily – ginger water.

This powerful beverage will help you shed a few extra pounds and make you slim down. The benefits of ginger water are incredible – it can remove the excess fat from your critical zones (waist, hips, thighs) and offers other health benefits as well. Here are the main health benefits of ginger water:

Regulates your cholesterol levels

Ginger water can regulate your cholesterol levels and prevent a variety of cardiovascular problems.

Reduces high blood pressure

Ginger water can improve your blood flow, prevent blood clots and most importantly, reduce your high blood pressure.

A powerful anti-inflammatory agent

Ginger water will reduce inflammation throughout your body and prevent inflammatory conditions such as rheumatism and osteoarthritis.

A powerful antioxidant

The amazing ginger water can fight free radicals in the body which are often the main cause of cancer.

A powerful anti-cancer agent

Drinking ginger water every day will significantly reduce the risk of various types of cancer.

Here’s how to prepare the wonderful ginger water:

  • A few thin slices of ginger root

  • 1.5 l. of water

  • Lemon juice


Boil a pot of water and add the ginger slices inside, then simmer the mixture on low heat for 15-20 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and leave the tea to cool down, then add some lemon juice and drink it. We suggest taking a glass before breakfast and another one before dinner.

Improves your circulation

The root is rich in zinc and magnesium, two minerals that can boost your blood flow and prevent the accumulation of cholesterol in the liver. In this way, ginger will prevent a variety of serious cardiovascular problems. It will also make you sweat more, promoting efficient elimination of toxins.

Improves the nutrient absorption in the body

Consuming ginger on a daily basis will improve the nutrient absorption in the body and stimulate the production of stomach acids and pancreatic enzymes. This will result in better digestion and reduce your cravings, which will lead to weight loss.

Prevents colds and the flu

Thanks to its ability to strengthen your immune system, ginger can prevent colds and the flu. It can also fight a variety of other respiratory infections and reduce the symptoms of asthma.

Treats digestive problems

Ginger is one of the best natural remedies against any type of digestive problems. It can treat bloating, excess gasses and constipation as well as other digestive problems.

Relieves joint pain

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger is one of the best natural remedies against join pain and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis or gout.



Diva Tasting: Creamy Lentil Soup…

Creamy Lentil Soup

  1. Heat oil in a medium soup pot over medium heat. Add onion and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, 1 – 2 minutes. Add spices and saute until fragrant, 30 – 60 seconds.
  2. Add tomatoes with juice, lentils, salt, and water to the pot and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook at a slow simmer until lentils are soft, about 30 minutes. Stir often.
  3. Once lentils are soft, remove soup from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. While soup is cooling, whisk together yogurt and corn starch in a medium bowl.
  4. Add about ½ cup of the soup liquid to the yogurt mixture and whisk until smooth. Gently add the yogurt mixture back into the warm soup, whisking until creamy throughout. Serve.
Serve with Pita Bread and Ginger Tea

Diva Tasting: Falafel and Parlsey Tabbouleh…

Falafel in Pita Pockets#
  • 2 Cans of Garbanzo Beans Rinsed and Drained
  • 1 Med. Yellow Onion, Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley
  • 5 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon All-Purpose Flour, Or More As Needed
  • 2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt, Or To Taste
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Coriander
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Hot Sauce
  • Oil For Frying
  1. Place garbanzo beans into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let stand 12 to 24 hours. Drain.
  2. Blend garbanzo beans, onion, parsley, garlic, flour, lemon juice, salt, cumin, coriander, baking soda, and cayenne pepper together in a food processor, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary, until mixture is finely ground and holds together when pressed. Transfer garbanzo mixture to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until flavors blend, 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Divide dough into 12 portions and roll each with moistened hands into a ball.
  5. Working in batches, cook falafel balls in hot oil until browned and crispy, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to drain.
This salad is the perfect addition to a big meal eaten around the table with family and friends. It pairs perfectly with hummus and a platter of roasted cauliflower. Traditionally, tabbouleh is eaten inside tender lettuce leaves. Serve it in a huge bowl and use your hands to scoop it up with lettuce cups. Enjoy the tradition of gathering together around this beautiful meal.
1/4 cup almonds
4 cups parsley, tightly packed
1⁄8 cup mint, loosely packed
2 cups quartered tomatoes
2 cups quartered cucumber
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
Pulse 1/4 cup almonds in a food processor until roughly chopped. Set aside. Place 4 cups parsley in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Set aside. Place the remaining ingredients in a food processor and pulse until chopped and well combined. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add in the parsley and almonds and mix together. Serve and enjoy!
Makes 1 to 2 servings


Diva Musing: Benefits of ACV…

Many books written on the benefits of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.  Here are some tips and notes from one great book I just bought.  Amazon is a great resource for these great finds.  Stay healthy, My Divas…Namaste, The Queen Cronista
Think back to the last time you had a cold.
The sniffles, the aches, the sneezing so constant that your nose gets Kleenex burn…
The last time I had a cold, I remember spending over $80 at the drugstore. Vitamin C, sleepy-time drinks, herbal teas, whatever I could get my hands on.
Have you ever done that and thought… is this even making a difference?
Truth is, we drop thousands of dollars a year at the drugstore as a knee-jerk reaction to any problem:
  • Dry skin
  • Bloating and cramps
  • Low energy
  • Brain fog in the mornings
  • And of course, any time we come down with the sniffles!
What if I told you there was another way? A way to skip the $1000s per year on skin care, supplements, skinny teas, and yes, even those “emergency vitamin C” packs, just by using an inexpensive bottle of an everyday elixir that’s stood the test of time?
It’s  been used for its many health benefits since Ancient Greece, and it’s been shown by modern research to fight infections and even promote balanced blood sugar in diabetics and non-diabetics alike.
The Secret That Makes Apple Cider Vinegar So Potent
Many viruses, including the cold and flu, thrive in an acidic environment. Because of our modern diet, most of us have acidic body balances.
Even though it’s tart, apple cider vinegar primes your body to become more alkaline.
And when your body’s more alkaline, a lot more things happen:
  • You start metabolizing more energy, which boosts mind and body
  • You promote higher levels of antioxidants in your blood
  • You sleep deeply and wake up refreshed
Which Vinegar Will Give Me the Boost I Need?
Not all vinegars are created equal. For example, those cloudy-looking ones that you probably avoid at the grocery store are packed with alkalinizing compounds.
And once you get the right vinegar in your hands, the ways you can use it to cleanse your life are endlessAll you need is the right information.
That’s why we’ve created this 81-recipe book, The Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle. 
There are so many ways to cleanse and heal with ACV that you’ll find yourself throwing out all those sham cold cures, gimmicky beauty creams, and pricey cleaning products.
These 81 remedies include:
  • An all-purpose cleaning solution with ACV that literally costs pennies and takes 5 minutes
  • A simple foot scrub to heal corns, blisters, and calluses
  • A 100% natural way to replace your weed killer with apple cider vinegar
  • A foolproof guide to supplementing weight loss efforts with ACV
  • The single best way to kill mildew on the spot

Diva Tasting: Quinoa Chile…

Quinoa Chile

Serves 8-10


  1. In a large 2 gallon pot over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, add in the onions and peppers and sauté for 5 to 6 minutes or until lightly browned and tender.

  2. Next, add in the potatoes, beans, tomatoes, stock, cumin, chili powder, oregano, quinoa and lentils and stir, and simmer over low heat for 1 hour.

  3. Finish the chili with the coco powder, cinnamon, kale, and salt and pepper.

  4. Serve with sliced green onions, cornbread and apple cider.

Diva Musing: Elderberry Syrup…

You know I”ve been trying to keep us all healthy this winter by finding natural ways to do so.  Thanks to Erin and this great website for today’s posting of healthy ways.  As always use your own discernment and good sense; and research yourself if needed.  Namaste, The Queen Cronista.
Elderberry syrup is practically a treat in our house. Fresh batches never stick around very long and I find myself making more often. I tested a lot of recipes when I first set out to develop one and finally settled on this one as my absolute favorite. Elder is one of the herbs that is associated with a rich history of folklore in seemingly every culture, perhaps because it is such a noteworthy and powerful herbal ally.
The Elderberry used for medicinal purposes comes from the Sambucus nigra tree-like shrub, which produces clusters of dark purple berries in late summer to early autumn. It can grow to be up to 20 feet high and wide, but is often found at heights as low as 3 feet. The plant has a pith-centered stem and compound leaf structure with 5-9 serrated leaves. I have come across a few people groups who still hollow out the branches and use them to make flutes like this one. The branches produce clusters of small, cream-colored, twinkle light-like flowers that are also used medicinally, in food and skin care recipes, and that turn into the well-loved clusters of fruit valued by humans and birds alike.
Elder is fairly easy to cultivate and can be propagated by seed or with cuttings. It can thrive in almost any kind of soil, but does like moisture and some good compost. I like to plant Red Clover near its base once the plant has established itself to help nourish the soil. Elderberry seeds seem to have a higher germination rate when stratified (though I know some herbalists who don’t think it’s necessary) and can be planted in the fall season when they would naturally fall to the earth. Expect fresh little Elderberry seedlings to pop through that soil sometime in early spring.
Elderberries are a powerful peoples’ medicine but they are best used after they have been cooked. The raw fruits can cause nausea and digestive issues when consumed because of the chemical composition of their seeds. It’s best to cook or boil the fruits before using them.
Elderberries are most well known for their starring role in Elderberry syrup – a traditional home remedy that is renowned for its ability to help people feel better faster during the cold and flu season. They have been studied a lot in recent years and some of the results of these scientific studies have been impressive, bolstering Elderberry’s reputation even in western circles. Elderberry is indicated for a variety of cold and flu symptoms, respiratory infections, sinusitis, fever, coughs, and more. Energetically, it’s a cooling and drying herb.
  • organic Elderberries
  • organic dried Ginger root
  • organic Lemon juice
  • filtered water
  • raw, organic Sucanat (or whatever organic, raw, unbleached sugar you prefer to use)
  • organic Lavender buds (They must be English Lavender buds from certain varieties of Lavandula angustifolia plants – look for Lavender buds labeled as culinary Lavender, like these, which come from a friend’s beautiful farm.)
    • NOTES
You can also make herbal syrups with honey instead of the sugar. For a long time, I did this because I prefer honey to sugar, but I ultimately ended up deciding that the consistency and shelf life of syrups made with sugar is so much better (in my opinion, anyway) that we now make them with raw sucanat (a type of unbleached, unprocessed sugar that is, essentially, dehydrated sugar cane juice) here in our house. Yay for nice thick herbal syrups! =)