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Health Benefits of Garlic You’ll Want to Know About

Not only does garlic smell and taste wonderful, but it also has tremendous health benefits. Garlic has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. The health benefits of garlic are numerous. The compound that contains therapeutic benefits in garlic is called allicin.   Garlic can be used to treat and prevent numerous heart-related disease. It can be useful in helping those with atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, and high blood pressure.   Low-Calorie Nutritional Punch   The great thing about garlic is that it is low in calories while packing a lot of nutritional power. One ounce of garlic contains 23 percent of the daily value of manganese, 17 percent of vitamin B6, 15 percent of vitamin C, six percent of selenium, and 0.6 grams of fiber. It also contains calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorous, iron, vitamin B1 and other various nutrients. All of these nutrients are contained in an amount that only packs 42 calories.   Health Benefits of Garlic   Hypertension contributes to heart attacks and strokes. Garlic can help reduce high blood pressure. The amount of allicin needed for this health benefit is equivalent to about four cloves of garlic per day.   Garlic can help to fight the common cold and boost the immune system. In can reduce the length of time a person has a cold or flu. High cholesterol can lead to heart disease. Garlic supplementation has been shown to help reduce cholesterol in patients. Studies have shown that garlic can reduce LDL cholesterol, which is the “bad” type of cholesterol, by 10 to 15 percent.   Antioxidants work to combat diseases commonly associated with aging, like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Garlic contains antioxidants to help the body fight the aging process. Bone health is something many women worry about, especially after the onset of menopause. Although human trials need to be conducted, garlic has been shown to be successful in increasing estrogen in rodents. Lack of estrogen is a major contributor to osteoporosis in women.   Heavy metals, like lead, are toxic to humans. Eating raw garlic can help to detoxify the body from heavy metals. Signs of lead toxicity include headaches and blood pressure issues. Garlic was shown in a study of employees at a car battery plant that had been exposed to lead, to reduce lead levels in the blood by 19 percent.   Garlic is an excellent nutritional, low-calorie source of many health benefits. Whether taken alone or eaten as part of something like our tasty salsas, the benefits of incorporating garlic into a regular routine are easy to see. For those wanting to incorporate garlic into their diet through supplements or extracts, patients should talk to their doctor about how much they should be taking for maximum health benefits.
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8 Notable Health Benefits of Cilantro

Cilantro is a savory herb. Also known as Chinese parsley, it's used in a wide range of dishes, including all three of Mama Flasch's salsa flavors. In addition to its delicious flavor, it also boasts serious health benefits. Read on to learn eight of the ways cilantro can improve your overall health: Cleanse Your System Of Heavy Metals Our systems can become overrun with heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, and lead. This is due to various reasons including consumption of certain types of fish, antibiotic use, vaccines or old dental fillings. These heavy metals can cause damage and lead to a host of issues such as heart disease, infertility, neurological issues and imbalanced hormones. Fortunately, cilantro's powerful detox capabilities help rid the body of these toxic compounds. Guard Your Body Against Free Radicals Our bodies constantly face free radicals. But when they go unchecked, free radicals can cause a wide range of issues. Examples include certain kinds of cancer, heart disease, dementia and arthritis due to the oxidative stress they cause. Cilantro's potent antioxidants, including quercetin, help battle free radicals and control inflammation throughout the body. Protect Your Heart A potassium-rich diet, including foods such as cilantro, can help benefit blood pressure due to its ability to exhibit positive effects on sodium levels. Additionally, cilantro can help dissolve excess cholesterol in the arteries to reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Cilantro’s high content of potent polyphenolic compounds helps prevent cardiac damage. Soothe An Upset Stomach Cilantro is well-known for its ability to effectively soothe nausea, reduce gas, alleviate bloating, ease heartburn and calm stomach cramps. Often, fresh cilantro is served alongside spicy meals due to its known cooling and soothing effects on the digestive system. Benefit Blood Sugar Levels Certain studies point to cilantro's ability to positively affect blood sugar levels. Cilantro has been shown to encourage normal liver function and promote balanced glucose levels. Calm Anxiety and Promote Deeper Sleep Cilantro helps calm jittery nerves and promote healthy sleep cycles. Cilantro's natural sedative properties help encourage relaxation and deep, satisfying sleep. Guard Your Body Against Food Poisoning In addition to promoting detox, cilantro also helps fight infections and toxins. It possesses powerful antibacterial capabilities that help it guard against food and water-related illnesses such as salmonella, dysentery and listeria. Cilantro's powerful germ-fighting properties are linked to an element known as dodecenal, which is a powerful antibacterial compound. Prevent Neurological Degredation Cilantro helps reduce inflammation throughout the body that can lead to brain degradation over time. By keeping inflammation in check, cilantro helps guard against degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's. If you want to enjoy both the flavor and health benefits of cilantro, be sure to read about what to do with leftover salsa.
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What Does It Mean to Live a Healthy Lifestyle?

Being healthy improves your stamina, energy, and quality of sleep. Let's take a look at what it means to live a healthy lifestyle: Fitness Healthy individuals work out on a regular basis. Running, weightlifting and sports are all terrific ways to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle. Some particularly strong individuals work out daily, although this is not mandatory to maintain fitness. There are several simple steps you can follow to get into a solid fitness routine. First, determine whether you function best at the gym during morning, afternoon or evening. Next, create a fitness plan around both short and long term goals. By sticking to a routine, you will be able to achieve progress and be proud of your accomplishments. Consider working out with your friends or family to motivate each other and set personal records. Remember that intensity and duration are both important factors to a great workout. As you become stronger, increase these factors to continually push your body to excellence. Diet A healthy lifestyle consists of a healthy diet. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all important meals that should not be overlooked. And when done strategically, snacking can be beneficial instead of just a source of empty calories. There are many resources online such as food pyramids and nutritional information that can help you make judgments on appropriate foods. Fruits, grains, vegetables and dairy products are all essential foods to incorporate into your meals. For example, if you are planning a party, choose healthy chips that have a low salt content. Include a side of Mama Flasch's fresh, all-natural salsa to complete the dish. Because you can make these types of modifications, it is possible to turn nearly any entree into a healthy option. By maintaining a healthy diet, you will have more energy to go about your day. Sleep A consistent sleep schedule is essential to a healthy lifestyle. By waking up and sleeping at the same times every day, your body will adapt to this routine. You will wake up fewer times in the middle of the night and fall asleep faster. In addition, make sure that this schedule is reasonable. Good times to sleep and wake up are 11 PM and 7 AM. This schedule can change depending on your occupation, age, and physical activity. Regardless, remember that 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep is a healthy amount of sleep for all individuals. While being active during the day contributes to a healthy lifestyle, resting your body is also necessary for good health. Use the above advice to create a healthy lifestyle for yourself and your family. You will definitely notice positive changes to your mood, body and overall sense of well-being.

What Are the Health Benefits of Onions?

Onions are a great way to add flavor to a wide range of recipes. But what many people don't realize is just how many health benefits onions have to offer. Since this vegetable has a number of ways to do a body good, we want to highlight seven of them: Improved Digestion Onions are a great source of fiber. Because fiber is able to break down food, it plays a key role in preventing digestive pain and keeping this important system in the body regular. Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Research has shown that the sulfur found in onions functions as a type of natural blood thinner. By working to stop blood platelets from collecting, this vegetable is able to help lower blood pressure, along with reducing the risk of having a stroke or heart attack. Onions also contain quercetin, which combats plaque from building up in the arteries. This contributes to the heart-healthy nature of onions and helps to lower the bad type of cholesterol while also improving the good. Increased Bone Density In a study about bone density in older women, researchers found that onions had a positive impact on this health factor. Researchers have also found that consistent consumption of onions can reduce the risk of heart disease in menopausal women by as much as twenty percent. Natural Stress Relief There are many different ways that people try to combat stress. Unfortunately, not every approach people take is effective or safe. One option that does accomplish both of those things is the quercetin found in onions. When you get stressed, your body releases cortisol. Although that alone isn't a bad thing, it becomes a problem when chronic stress causes your body to release a significant amount for an extended period. Quercetin combats this issue by suppressing the enzyme that's responsible for releasing cortisol. Healthy Skin You may have come across skin products that advertise biotin as a key ingredient. Biotin is naturally found in onions. In addition to supporting healthy skin, it's also been linked to good nail and hair health. Diabetes Prevention Not only is biotin good for your skin, nails, and hair, but it also benefits the body in ways that can combat some of the symptoms associated with type 2 diabetes. Current research shows biotin accomplishes this by helping to regulate blood sugar and potentially decreasing insulin resistance as well. Combat Free Radicals Free radicals are at the core of many diseases. Since onions are a rich source of antioxidants, they are able to help combat the types of cellular mutations that make free radicals such as problem. If you're looking for a delicious way to enjoy onions and the wide range of health benefits they have to offer, be sure to take a look at all three blends of Mama Flasch's salsa.

Why is Salsa a Healthy Choice?

If you're in the mood for a snack, there's no shortage of options you can choose. However, all of those choices are far from being equal. That's just as true for taste as it is for how good or bad a specific snack is for your body. If you're looking for something that's going to make your taste buds very happy without being bad for the rest of your body, salsa is a great choice. Heart Healthy Garlic and onions are two key ingredients of great salsa. In addition to the flavor they bring to salsa, they're also good for your heart. That's because these ingredients act as blood thinners. By functioning to help prevent blood clots, both ingredients can play a role in lowering the risk of heart attack or stroke. Studies have also linked garlic and onions to lower levels of bad cholesterol, as well as increased good cholesterol levels. Protect Against Inflammation Another reason that garlic and onions are heart healthy ingredients is they have anti-inflammatory properties. Those properties extend beyond just helping the heart and also impact symptoms of conditions like arthritis or asthma in a positive way. Jalapeños can also combat many symptoms of arthritis. That's thanks to them containing capsaicin, which has the ability to release endorphins that relieve pain and increase circulation. Lots of Antioxidants Even though diseases can take many different forms, a common link is free radicals causing mutations at the cellular level. One way to help prevent this type of unwanted change is with antioxidants. When you eat salsa, you get a number of ingredients that are quite rich in antioxidants. Those ingredients include garlic and onions, as well as tomatoes and cilantro. What's great about getting antioxidants from different sources is it increases the total number of positive effects. The ingredients listed above contain over half a dozen antioxidants that benefit multiple systems throughout the body. Choose Your Salsa Wisely While there are a number of reasons why salsa is a healthy choice, it's important to note that those benefits only go along with salsa that's made from real ingredients. If a salsa is made with lots of artificial flavors or packed with preservatives, it's not going to be anywhere near as healthy of a choice. The same is true for not tasting all that great. If you want a salsa that's both healthy and absolutely delicious, Mama Flasch's is the salsa for you. Every jar that we make is produced from a small batch recipe. Our all-natural salsas showcase the fresh, high-quality vegetables used to make them. And because we want you to have a salsa that's perfect for your taste buds' preferences, we offer mild, medium and hot blends.
Gazpacho soup

What to Do with Leftover Salsa

At Mama Flasch’s, we’re all pretty crazy about salsa! Since we eat a lot of salsa and are always trying out new combinations, it’s pretty common for us to end up with multiple jars open at the same time. Since fresh ingredients are one of the things that make our salsas so delicious, we like being able to eat and use individual jars in a timely manner.   So whether you have some leftover salsa that you want to use as soon as possible or are simply looking for some delicious new ways to enjoy salsa, we have seven different uses to share with you:   We’ve actually got two delicious suggestions for breakfast. The first is an easy way to take your grits to the next level. Spoon some salsa into a batch of cooked grits, then finish off this mix with cheese and bacon for total deliciousness. And if you’re more of an egg person, leftover salsa goes great with frittatas, omelets or scrambled eggs.   Salsa compound butter! Simply mix your salsa with softened butter and then put it in the refrigerator. While there are a number of ways to use this delicious butter, our favorite is grilling a steak and then putting thin butter slices on top.   You can give meat a delicious new taste by using leftover salsa as a marinade. To get the best results from this kind of mixture, we recommend adding a little canola oil and lime juice to the salsa before you start marinating your meat of choice.   Leftover salsa works great for giving béchamel sauce (white sauce) a new twist. You make this type of sauce with butter, all-purpose flour, milk, salt and nutmeg. Once the sauce is ready, add leftover salsa to taste. You can then toss this mixture with your favorite type of pasta.   If you’re planning a meal that’s going to include fries as a side, simply mix some ketchup and/or mayo with your leftover salsa for a delicious dip that provides a little extra punch.   Another use we’ve found that works really well is adding an awesome flavor to rice. After cooking a batch of rice, just stir in whatever salsa you have leftover. You can finish off the rice with some cheddar cheese and olives.   Gazpacho is a delicious type of soup that originated in Andalusia and remains very popular throughout the rest of Spain. You can easily puree up a batch by combining leftover salsa along with vegetable stock, jalapeños, cucumbers and tomatoes.   Now that we’ve shared what we like to do with leftover salsa, it’s your turn! Head over to our salsa stories page and let us know your favorite thing to do with any leftover salsa.
Guacamole Dip

3 Original Dip Recipes from Mama Flasch

  When you buy a jar of Mama Flasch’s salsa, you’re getting farm fresh ingredients that have been perfectly mixed to produce a truly great flavor. And depending on how much heat you like from your salsa, you also get to choose whether you want mild, medium or hot.   One of the traits that makes our salsa unique is we try to make the most of every single ingredient. For example, instead of adding sugar or tons of salt, we spend a lot of time figuring out how to derive the flavors we want from fresh ingredients.   Because we spend a lot of time experimenting with flavors and trying out many different ways people may want to enjoy our salsas, we end up developing some really great recipes that include our salsa. If you’re ever hosting guests at home or need something delicious to take to an event, we’ve got three original dip recipes that will be a hit. Simply pair with your favorite brand of chips and watch everyone enjoy all the tastiness!   Guacamole   This recipe uses 1 ripe avocado, 1/2 lime and 1/2 cup of any Mama Flasch’s salsa. You’ll want to mash the avocado and juice the 1/2 lime, then add them to the 1/2 cup of salsa. While this guacamole is quite tasty to start eating right away, we prefer to chill it for 30 minutes and then enjoy.   Quick 4-Layered Dip   Even though the end result looks like a lot of work, our 4-layered dip is a breeze to make. You’ll need 1 8-oz can of refried beans, 1 8-oz container of sour cream, 1 pack of taco seasoning, 1/2 jar of Mama Flasch’s salsa and 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Mix the sour cream and taco seasoning together. Then in an 8x8 square pan, evenly spread the refried beans, then the sour cream and taco seasoning, followed by the salsa and topped with the cheddar cheese. This dip tastes just as great served chilled as it does warm.   Quick Queso   Cut 8 ounces of Velveeta into a few cubes, then mix with 1/2 jar of Mama Flasch’s salsa. Cover the mix and heat in the microwave for 35-45 seconds. Take it out and stir, then cover before heating for another 35-45 seconds. This dip will be ready to eat and makes a perfect snack at any time. We’d love to hear what you think once you’ve had a chance to try one of our dips. You can use our salsa stories page to send us your thoughts. And if you have your own dip recipe that you’d like us to share with others, you can send it through that page as well.
Homemade Tortilla Chips

Easily Make Homemade Tortilla Chips for a Christmas Party

Whenever you order chips at a restaurant, it only takes one bite to know if they make the chips from scratch. While there's nothing wrong with enjoying tortilla chips from a store bought brand, they simply can't compete with the delicious flavor and crunch of freshly made ones. Although homemade tortilla chips will impress anyone who tries them, we want to share a little secret with you. The secret is it's much easier to make these chips from scratch than most people realize. So if you're planning to bring chips to a holiday party with friends, co-workers or family, we want to show you how easy it is to impress everyone's taste buds with homemade chips: What You Need One of the reasons that making these chips from scratch is easier than you likely expect is doing so only requires three ingredients. Those ingredients are corn tortillas, salt and oil. Corn, canola or grapeseed oil will all work great. How to Make Them Since there's a good chance you already have the ingredients you need, we're going to dive right into the process of making a batch of homemade chips. The classic approach is to fry the tortillas in a little oil. You can prep the tortillas in less than 10 minutes and then fry them all in 15. The first step to prepare the tortillas for frying is to dry them out. You can do this by leaving them out for awhile, microwaving them or putting the tortillas in the oven. Once the tortillas are dry, cut each one into six triangle shaped wedges. This will give you 72 chips if you fry a dozen tortillas. The last step to prepare for frying is to heat the oil. When you start frying, you'll want to keep every batch of chips in the oil for around 2 minutes. Then you can pull the chips out with tongs, place them on a paper towel (either on a plate or in a bowl), sprinkle a little salt and then place a paper towel on top for the next batch. In terms of when to make the chips, the closer to when the party you're going to is starting, the better! The Perfect Way to Serve Homemade Chips By following the simple instructions above, you’ll be able to quickly and easily make absolutely delicious homemade tortilla chips. Because chips made from scratch are so good, you’re going to want something equally delicious to serve them with. That’s where Mama Flasch’s salsa comes into the picture. Our Gregular™/Mild, Scottsome Heat™ /Medium and InCindyary™/Hot Salsas are all made from fresh ingredients that pack a lot of flavor. And if you aren’t sure how much heat people are going to want with their chips, our salsa combo pack is the ideal way to offer the perfect option for everyone at the party!
Mama Flasch Christmas Basket

How to Make An Awesome Food Lover’s Christmas Basket

Although Christmas is right around the corner, there's still time to find great gifts for anyone you have left on your list. If one or more of those people love food, you can give them a very memorable gift. The specific type of gift we're talking about is a Christmas basket. Not only can you fill this basket with goodies the recipient will absolutely love, but they'll also appreciate the thought that went into putting this gift together. Because the sheer number of options available for this type of gift can be overwhelming, we want to share a handful of useful tips for focusing in on exactly what a food lover will enjoy the most: Choose the Theme One of the best ways to narrow down your options and focus on what someone will enjoy the most is to come up with a theme for their basket. Two possible examples are for someone who loves cooking at home or is into DIY projects. The former basket can include spices and other ingredients along with a couple of kitchen gadgets, while the latter will be best with lots of snacks that can be enjoyed during projects. Provide Items with Multiple Uses Since you want the basket you put together to be a fun and delicious treat, items that can be used in different ways are great choices. Our salsa is the perfect example of this type of item. In addition to their most obvious use, marinade, salad dressing, soup base, guacamole and cocktail sauce substitute are all additional ways to use Mama Flasch’s salsa. Mix Old Favorites and New Discoveries One question that may cross your mind as you're deciding on items for a Christmas food basket is whether you should go with things you already know someone loves or experiment with new items that seem like they'll be a good fit for that person’s taste buds. The answer to that question is to do a little of both. Using a combination of treats from both categories will help create the most delicious basket possible. Use the Right Type of Basket Even though it’s easy to put all your focus on what’s going in your basket, remember that the container itself is going to make the gift’s first impression and set the tone for what someone thinks about it. While a fairly traditional basket may be the perfect choice for some themes, don’t be afraid to get creative. A quick scroll through Pinterest or Google Images is an easy way to get very inspired. By choosing a theme, providing items with multiple uses, mixing old favorites & new discoveries and using the right type of basket, you can create a Christmas basket that any food lover on your list will absolutely love!

The Top 7 Health Benefits of Tomatoes

At Mama Flasch’s, we’re very proud of the fact that we use fresh ingredients. Tomatoes are at the core of all the salsas we make. In addition to providing great flavor, the fresh tomatoes we use in all of our salsas offer some very real health benefits. Since it’s surprising just how many different benefits tomatoes have to offer, we want to share seven of the most notable with you: Numerous Vitamins and Minerals A big part of why tomatoes are so healthy for you is because they’re packed with many elements that are very good for your body. Vitamins found in tomatoes include A, K, C, B1, B3, B5, B6 and B7. This vegetable also has a number of healthy minerals, including phosphorus, chromium, iron, zinc, folate, magnesium, and potassium. Heart Disease Reducer As they shared in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers at Tufts and Boston University found that among subjects who got the highest amount of lycopene (which tomatoes happen to be rich in) on a regular basis, their risk of having cardiovascular disease was cut by a full thirty percent. Improved Digestion When your digestive system is working at its best, your whole body feels better. That’s why it’s great to know that tomatoes support healthy digestion. If you want to really maximize this benefit, you should get in the habit of eating spinach salads and topping them with salsa. Gallbladder and Kidney Stone Prevention This is tied to the previous benefit of supporting healthy digestion. By doing that, tomatoes are also able to play a central role in preventing the development of both gallbladder and kidney stones. Healthy Skin and Hair Vitamin A plays a key part in the maintenance and repair of vital skin tissue. And Vitamin K is really beneficial. Thanks to the fact that tomatoes are rich in both of these vitamins, they can help you look your best. And between looking great and all the other ways tomatoes help your body, you’ll also feel your best! Strong Immune System Because we’ve covered the fact that tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C and a number of other important nutrients, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that consuming this vegetable on a regular basis will help you maintain a strong immune system. Supports Eye Health Last but certainly not least is the benefits that tomatoes provide in terms of vision. Although carrots are often the first vegetable that people think of in relation to eye health, several of the vitamins and minerals that tomatoes are rich with,  directly support healthy eyes. If you want to reap all the benefits that tomatoes have to offer in the most delicious way possible, be sure to give our tasty mild, medium or hot salsa a try!