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Posted on 1st Feb, 2013by Ari

8 Herbs & Spices To Fight The Flu & Common Cold Naturally

8 Herbs & Spices T Fight The Flu & Common Cold Naturally

Brought to you by our friends at Abes Market.

We are deep into cold and flu season and sometimes it’s impossible to avoid getting sick. If you work, you may take public transportation. If you have kids, they go to school surrounded by hundreds of other kids. If you are an active person in society, you go to the grocery store, the mall, the library … everywhere other people go. So while it may be impossible to completely protect yourself (other than living in a bubble, but who wants to live like that?), there are ways to boost your immune system naturally. The easiest things to do include washing your hands (especially if you take public transportation), drinking a lot of water and tea (avoid sugary sodas) and getting plenty of rest. But there are a number of spices you probably have sitting your cabinet that, when added to your diet, can help. You may already be using some and helping yourself get healthy. See how easy that is?

Garlic
Using garlic while you cook is great to add robust aromas and flavors to your food. But to get the real health benefits from garlic, you want to keep it raw. Garlic is packed with allion and allicin, which contain natural anti-viral and antioxidant properties, which may help reduce your chances of getting the flu. It may sound gross to eat a clove of raw garlic, but it’s been said to help boost your immune system and also may help reduce the time you’re sick if you get the flu. If you can’t stand the taste of garlic, there are a number of garlic supplements you can get, too. We also read that you could poke holes into a clove and leave it on the side of your bed to get the benefits while you sleep. You may end up sleeping alone for a bit though.

Cooking with Garlic

Turmeric & Cinnamon
These two spices are often found in your spice cabinet so they’re easy to get and easier to use. And they both offer strong anti-inflammatory properties. You can sprinkle some turmeric into soups, stews, sauces and more to not only only add wonderful flavor, but also benefit from its powerful agents. An article by Dr. Andrew Weil says that turmeric and its active component, curcumin, have numerous health benefits, including having “antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer” properties. Cinnamon also helps as an anti-inflammatory in addition to being a warming spice. It’s great sprinkled on oatmeal, mixed in to yogurt or used as a spice in pasta sauce and more.

Cooking with Turmeric and Cinnamon

Elderberry
We’ve noticed that as soon as the flu started spiking, our supply of elderberry products starting flying off our shelves. People have so much faith in sambucol, a black elderberry extract, that they snatch up products containing it quickly. Elderberry, which grows around the world, has been found to cut the length and severity of the flu if taken at the first signs of feeling ill due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. Keep in mind that elderberry is beneficial in treating the flu, not preventing it.

Cooking with Elderberries

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Posted on 29th Aug, 2014by Andrea Cutright

GET POPCART! For the grocery shopper we always wanted to be

GET POPCART! For the grocery shopper we always wanted to be

Last week, Foodily launched POPCART for FreshDirect, the first ever bookmarklet that lets you instantly buy every ingredient you need from any recipe you find online. Popcart is our answer to making it easier for everyone to turn their recipe inspirations into real meals that they make at home.

What we’ve seen in the last week is how quickly that help can be embraced. POPCART has added close to 10,000 ingredients to FreshDirect grocery carts from thousands of different recipes. That’s a lot of instant shopping.

We discovered too that it’s not just important to eliminate the work of racing around a store buying all the ingredients for a recipe, but how solving that problem actually let’s us shop and eat the way we want to. How were people inspired last week? Take a gander:

Did you say vegetables? You did.

Vegetables were 50% of the top 50 ingredients. The top 5 vegetables this last week were cucumber, red onion, red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes and arugula. Those are seasonal items and also more cost efficient.

Go strong on flavor

Herbs were 5 of the 25 ingredients and show growing trend of adding more fresh flavor to our foods, especially in the summer. The #1 flavor addition was [organic] garlic.

Sure, there was chicken

Chicken was the top protein ordered last week. But while we’re eating more vegetables, we’re also exploring plenty of protein diversity. Chicken was followed by eggs, shrimp, ground beef, bacon, and salmon

Recipes bought on over 300 different sites

Where did people buy recipes? Everywhere! From magazine sites to blogs and even some other grocer and meal delivery sites. Just goes to show how broad our individual inspiration is and what we choose to eat on any given day.

What’s next for POPCART?

One thing we’ve heard from POPCART users today is how important it is to have this solution for our mobile devices so you can shop for recipes instantly while on the go. We look forward to many more improvements for POPCART for FreshDirect that make online recipe collections more useful and more actionable in real life!

Oh – and for your viewing pleasure – here are some of the top shopped recipes from the last week:


Cucumber Dill Salad by Cookie and Kate

Greek Chicken Kabobs by My Baking Addiction

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Posted on 4th Aug, 2014by Andrea Cutright

Introducing POPCART for FreshDirect

Introducing POPCART for FreshDirect

We know the web is the #1 resource for home cooks but when you go from online inspiration to real life shopping, buying the ingredients can take hours and be a deterrent to getting a great meal on the table. Who hasn’t shown up at the store with a paper list only to discover one forgotten key ingredient at home?

Providing the tools to move from inspiration to cooking has long been part of our vision. We’ve heard feedback from our users time and again that they’d love to ditch the grocery list and get recipe ingredients delivered instantly. That’s a problem we wanted to solve.

The First Ever Way To Shop Any Recipe Instantly

That’s why we’re excited to announce one more important piece of the Foodily vision: POPCART for FreshDirect. POPCART is the first ever way to instantly grocery shop any recipe you find online. You can discover a recipe you love and have ingredients delivered as early as the next day by FreshDirect, a leader in online grocery shopping.

1. It’s free to use.
2. It works on any online recipe.
3. You can swap out products that you don’t like.
4. You can see the total price of a recipe. Finally!
5. FreshDirect has the highest quality products and customer service.



Here’s how to use it



You’ll also see Buy At FreshDirect buttons when you discover recipes on Foodily if you’re in the FreshDirect deliver zones (Are you in the FreshDirect deliver area? Check here to see if you are).

We’ll have more to share in the coming months, but we’re incredibly excited about what’s ahead in helping everyone seamlessly discover and shop for the recipes they love. Stay tuned!

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Posted on 19th May, 2014by Andrea Cutright

What to do with all this: Fennel

What to do with all this: Fennel

3 oranges and 20 fennel bulbs in my CSA Box! Oh yeah!

Maybe you’re not as enthusiastic when this happens to you? Embrace fresh fennel because it has so many positives. It’s a beautiful plant with some real curves. It has those lacy, delicate fronds. It tastes like completely matured celery, able to buy its own liquor. [Note: Finocchio is the Italian name for Fennel and it's earned it's own Urban Dictionary entry]

You’ve probably eaten it in a salad or 100. Maybe with some citrus? There’s no denying that’s good – but it’s not going to help you plow through 20 bulbs. Here are 8 favorite ideas for a marvelous fennel frenzy.

Dont forget the mandoline!

Fennel tart

Grilled Fennel Tarts by Spoon Fork Bacon
Braised fennel

Braised Fennel by Orangette

Braised Fennel by Simply Recipes
Pickled fennel
Fennel cocktails

Rhubarb Fennel Fizz by The Year In Food

The Best Bloody Mary by The Bitten Word
Fennel and pasta

Simple Fennel Soup by Running With Tweezers
Fennel gratin

Fennel Gratin Recipe by Food Republic

Fennel Gratin by Saveur

Photograph by Celine Steen

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