A perfect combination of sweet and savory truly brings out the flavour of this healthy, gluten-free dish. Sage is an earthy, aromatic herb that pairs well with the sweetened taste of maple syrup making this medley a wonderful success.
After a long week of fun in the sun in Florida with 4 kids, I think I need a vacation! Just kidding… well, sort of. My children love coming here not only because we take them to a waterpark, the beach, the pool, fishing and museums, but most importantly they get to spend a little QT with Grandma and Pop-pop. The bond between a grandparent and grandchild is so precious. I was fortunate to have my wonderful grandmother live with us since I was 2 years old. Her passing a few years ago was heartbreaking. I lost my second mother that day and not a moment goes by that I don’t think about her. I make it a point for my children to be surrounded by my parent’s unconditional love so they can hold on to that love for a lifetime.
After a short flight, that felt like forever with small children, putting together a quick, simple, healthy meal is on the menu tonight. Wash, cut, season and throw it in the oven is the way I like to do things when I am in a rush and exhausted. I never skimp out on the nutritional value of each ingredient though.
Organic, pasture-raised chicken happens to be a staple in my home. It is so versatile it could be served almost every day by changing up the ingredients and cooking method. Most of you may be aware that chicken is a great source of lean protein and is relatively low in saturated fat compared to other proteins. It also contains all B vitamins; B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, folate, biotin, and choline. B vitamins help support adrenal function, help calm and maintain a healthy nervous system, and are necessary for key metabolic processes. Below is a list of the highest B vitamins in chicken and a few more reasons you should add this piece of poultry to you rotation diet.1. The highest B vitamin is vitamin B3, also known as niacin: Niacin is said to be responsible for converting carbohydrates to energy. It can also improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risks.
2. Next is vitamin B6, also called pyridoxine: Pyridoxine is a water-soluble nutrient which acts as a coenzyme in the breakdown and utilization of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
3. Contains selenium: Selenium is a trace mineral that plays a big role in metabolic performance and also contains antioxidant that have a positive affect on its ability to fight cancer-promoting free radicals.
4. Stress reliever: Chicken contains tryptophan which has a calming effect on your body. Tryptophan is converted into serotonin and your body uses serotonin to produce the hormone melatonin. Melatonin promotes sleep and in this way it regulates your sleep-wake cycle.
Chicken is one of the most valued foods among all ages throughout the world. It can be prepared in a wide variety of healthy ways like grilling, roasting, sautéing, poaching, stir-frying and baking making it a healthy choice.
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