It’s HAPPY FEET month at Brio Wellness Center. All month we will be sharing cool info on how to maintain Happy Feet during the dry weather, which for us is like year round, right?!? So keep checking back here to learn something new. And if you haven’t already subscribed to our e-newsletter, be sure to take care of that before you leave.

Okay, let’s get things kicked off with a refreshing foot scrub. While you’re at it, you can use this scrub anywhere on your body. Just keep it away from your eyes and sensitive parts where the peppermint could burn. We especially love to use this scrub on our hands frequently throughout the week. It is really great at relieving dry, itchy fingers.

Cool fact: Peppermint Oil has a stimulating effect on the right brain. Which means when you are feeling anxious, hyperactive, have lack of focus, and feel overly emotional you could use some right brain stimulation.* This Refreshing Foot Scrub will wake up your brain in the morning, or refresh your brain after a long day of work or play, and it’s the perfect chemical free way to sluff away dry skin, moisturize, and invigorate all at the same time. No need for soap. The coconut oil is a natural anti-microbial. Just rinse & pat dry to maintain silky smooth skin.

Now that you’re feet & brain are happy… how’s your spine? #getadjusted 

*Source: “Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders” By Dr. Robert Melillo

Immune Boosting Tea

With the changing of seasons, there’s been a lot of cold/flu illnesses going around, so I wanted to share with you a great tea recipe that is rich in antimicrobial properties. A cup of this tea each day will go a long way to boost your body’s natural immunity.

While you’re cuddled up in your comfy chair sipping on this delicious tea, why not expand your knowledge on how these spices have incredible neuroprotective properties too, like helping to prevent neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Depression, and sooooo much more!  file:///Users/mindijentes/Downloads/nihms307525.pdf

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Shall we have a spot of tea?

My tea recipe is a very powerful antioxidant tea that aids in boosting your body’s natural immune system, while soothing the tummy and relaxing aching muscles.  It is especially powerful during the cold & flu season as a daily cleansing ritual to aid in the prevention of colds & flu.Screenshot 2014-09-21 09.40.03

Cabbage Rolls Recipe

cabbage-rolls-mjentesThe first time I (Mindi) ever had cabbage rolls were at my grade school friend’s Greek home one day after school. I always enjoyed going to Patricia‘s home after school. I’m sure she has become as wonderful a cook as her mama. These rolls are inspired by that day so many years ago. ENJOY!

Cabbage Rolls

1 head of cabbage, carefully separate and blanch leaves, remove from water and allow to cool.

In a large frying pan cook together:
1 cup brown rice, cook with 1/4 chopped fresh parsley and the juice of whole lemon
1lb. Ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 toes garlic, minced
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup red wine

Carefully assemble cabbage leaves with a 1/4-1/2 cup of ground beef and rice mixture. Roll up and tuck in edges. Place in a large frying pan with tomatoe sauce. Stew over medium heat until tender (20 mons or so). Sprinkle with feta cheese and fresh parsley. Makes 12-14 rolls.

Baby’s First Foods – Boston Children’s Hospital

baby-carrotFor years it was believed that a baby’s first solid food should be bland, rice cereal as it was unlikely to trigger an allergic reaction. But times have changed and those recommendations no longer stand.

Read this article written by a local pediatrician, letting parents know what’s now considered the best starter foods for baby’s first bites:

Thanks Boston Children’s Hospital!

Provence Roasted Pork Loin, Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Crusted Kale

A Comfort Food Creation by Mindi Jentes. 
Provence Roasted Pork Loin

3lbs. boneless pork loin (fresh, not frozen)
2 Tbsp. dried provencial herbs
1 tsp. culinary lavender
2 tsp. sea salt

Place loin in a large stone roasting pan. Sprinkle with salt and herbs. Cover with foil and roast at 300F for 2 ½ hours. Remove foil, set oven to broil at 450 for 15 minutes or until nicely browned. Roasted loin should be very tender and easily come apart. Removed from oven, trim fat and separate into 4-6” pieces.

Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes

4 large white potatoes, washed and chunked (skin on for added nutrients and color)
1 tsp salt
½ cup milk or cream
1/3 cup melted butter
2 minced garlic toes
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp fresh rosemary finely chopped

Place potatoes in a large soup pot with enough water to just cover the potatoes. Add salt and bring water to boil. Boil until potatoes are tender (about 10 minutes). Drain water off potatoes. In large mixer bowl, combine potatoes, milk, butter, garlic, ½ tsp. salt, and rosemary. Mix until desired texture.

Crusted Kale

4 cups fresh kale leaves
¼ tsp salt
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Feta Cheese Crumbles

Combine kale, salt and oil. Spread evenly on a baking sheet. Roast in oven at 350F until tender and crispy (about 15 minutes). About ½ way done, gently toss the kale to ensure even roasting. Reserve feta cheese for garnish.

To serve:
Place 1 cup of mashed potatoes in center of plate. Place a nice piece (about ½ cup) of roasted pork loin on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle crusted kale and a few feta cheese crumbles. Pairs nicely with a chilled California Chardonnay or a German Riesling.