-Things To Try Thursdays- A Garlic Clove A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

Garlic has stepped up into the antibacterial spotlight and pushed apples into its shadows.

This unsung flavor hero has many more benefits than your standard apple:

  • Boosts metabolism through a protein synthesized during digestion called ferroportin
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Protects/boosts the immune system through its high levels of vitamin C
  • Aids in the digestion process
  • Acts as a natural antibiotic (fends off things like the common cold and some viruses)
  • Detoxification of the liver
  • Anti-inflammatory properties may reduce respiratory and musculoskeletal conditions
  • Helps fight acne by containing sulfur
  • ANTI-CANCER!!!! (has been shown in studies to actually SHRINK/prevent tumors)

While most of us only eat garlic in our favorite Italian dish and then whine for several days after over the chewing of gums and mints to hide the odor, I have news for you…

You aren’t giving garlic enough of a chance. Did you know that god awful aftertaste can be neutralized by simply consuming a citrus-y flavor afterwards? It’s called “cleansing the palate” and many high-end restaurants will offer you lemon sorbet afterwards to eliminate the after effects.

Aside from the lingering effects, garlic’s beneficial properties are actually ruined during cooking. While it is most often heated, broiled or sautéed, garlic is best in its raw form.

I’m not advocating you eat raw garlic cloves. You would probably need to live in a bubble for the rest of your days. However, if you can incorporate raw garlic into things like smoothies, salads, and dressings, you’ll be better off.

On my quest to become my healthiest, I’ve recently been trying to resort towards super foods, herbs, spices, and flavors. Last night was an experiment that literally wow-ed the healthy pants off of me.

Here’s a post-workout smoothie/juice I made (all in my blender). The pungency of the garlic was subdued by adding in strawberries and 1/4 of a banana. It still left enough zest to let it be known that garlic was indeed in there!

Post-Workout Smoothie-Juice

Hold the cheese, pass the gahhlic!

  • 6 strawberries
  • few handfuls of organic shredded carrots
  • 1 cup alfalfa sprouts
  • 1/2 cup almond, cashew, hazelnut milk
  • 1 clove garlic

I’m planning on incorporating one juice type drink per day with garlic into my diet. Also, Santa, if you are reading this, a Breville or Vitamix would look really nice underneath my tree this year, don’t you think? 😉

Have you ever consumed raw garlic before? I can guarantee you aren’t eating enough!

Peace, love, and gahhlic!

~C.C.D. 

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3 Responses to -Things To Try Thursdays- A Garlic Clove A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

  1. purelytwins says:

    a few months back I had to cut out garlic due to food allergy test saying i was allergic to it, but recently I have enjoyed it from time to time, and so far have not noticed any negative effect, so yay! as I really love garlic 😉

    • choc3178 says:

      yes, I remember watching that vlog! So glad you haven’t had any negative effects since! I’m still working on my acne issues, they seem to be getting worse now that I have turned vegetarian, but I’m sure it’s just my body’s way of cleaning everything out!

  2. I love garlic but I never would have thought to put it in a smoothie!! Intriguing…I may have to try this!

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