Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cardamom, the aroma alone can captivate you!



Did you know that cardamom is a member of the ginger family?  We just found that out, ourselves.  It is one of the most valuable spices in the world due to its rich aroma and therapeutic properties.  

A perennial, cardamom produces vast, fleshy root structures. It has large leaves, green and white flowers, with slightly bitter fruit and large seeds. These seeds contain a variety of important minerals such as calcium, sulfur, and phosphorus. They also contain volatile oil   which makes up about 5% of the seed, and has aromatic and medicinal properties, making cardamom so valuable.

If you love garlic and onions or other things that can cause a tummy ache if eaten in large quantities, cardamom can help relieve your problems.  It is even good for conditions such as indigestion, heartburn, gas and constipation.    

Eastern cultures, like India and Asia, have been taking advantage of cardamon for centuries for such problems as a sore throat or hoarseness along with acting as an aid in passing gall and kidney stones. It can be mixed with other ingredients to address urinary problems.

In addition to relieving the symptoms of indigestion, cardamom is one of the most effective remedies against bad breath (halitosis). Simply chewing on the seeds eliminates bad odors. Cardamom is even used in some chewing gums because of its effectiveness, billed as a surefire cure to the most offensive breath.

The soothing aroma of cardamom oils is a great addition to baths as a form of aromatherapy that fights depression and reduces stress. In a beverage ground cardamom seeds can be made into a tea with similar benefits.  

Early research suggest that consuming cardamom regularly may help in preventing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and prostate cancer. In addition to these specific medicinal uses, cardamom contains an abundance of antioxidants, which protect the body against aging and stress, and fight common sicknesses.

This wonderful spice soothes and calms on so many levels!  Find ways to incorporate it in your daily dietary routine.  

Friday, April 26, 2013

Can You Take the Heat that Cayenne Dishes Out?


Adding cayenne pepper, or capsicum, to your diet can prove to be very beneficial to your health. Cayenne pepper has been used both for culinary and therapeutic purposes for centuries in many parts of the world. It contains capsaicin, the substance that makes the pepper spicy. Capsaicin has many therapeutic properties and is used to treat a wide range of diseases.  Cayenne pepper is a rich source of potassium, calcium and vitamins such as beta-carotene, B-complexes, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin C. It has health benefits if taken internally or applied topically. It inhibits pain nerves when applied to the skin and when taken internally, it can cure you of many diseases.

Let's start with your heart.  Cayenne pepper removes the plaque adhering to arteries and cleans them. You can help a person suffering from a heart attack by giving him a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a cup of warm water. It supplies vital nutrients to the heart, raises the body temperature, improves blood circulation by thinning the blood, removes toxins from the blood and rebuilds blood cells.  Cayenne helps to reduce blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and platelet aggregation, while increasing the body's ability to dissolve fibrin, a substance integral to the formation of blood clots. Cultures where hot peppers like cayenne are used liberally have a much lower rate of heart attack, stroke and pulmonary embolism.

Do you have hypertension?  Cayenne pepper helps to make blood pressure levels normal. It regulates the flow of blood from the head to the foot and equalizes blood pressure. It also equalizes blood pressure in the arteries and veins instantly. It removes blockages present in the arteries and thus, improves the flow of blood. Since cayenne pepper reduces the risk of arthrosclerosis, it simultaneously lowers the risk of hypertension.

That scary word - Cancer!  The capsaicin in cayenne pepper has the ability to kill cancer cells. Cayenne pepper can therefore help in the treatment of leukemia and cancers of the lungs, pancreas and prostate gland. Research shows that capsaicin causes cancer cells to kill themselves in a process known as apoptosis.

Getting rid of the bad cholesterol!  Cayenne pepper rids the body of LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Aches and pains in the joints.  The capsaicin present in cayenne pepper works on the sensory nerves and relieves pain caused by rheumatism and arthritis.

Those pesky infections! Cayenne pepper has antifungal properties and can help you fight fungal infections. It’s useful in treating respiratory infections such as sore throats.


Tummy problems, like ulcers, OH NO!  Chili peppers like cayenne have a bad--and undeserved--reputation for contributing to stomach ulcers. Not only do they not cause ulcers, these hot peppers actually heal stomach and intestinal ulcers by killing bacteria you may have ingested, and stimulates the cells lining the stomach to secrete protective buffering juices that prevent ulcer formation. Cayenne improves digestion by stimulating the peristaltic movement of the intestines.  It also heals digestive problems such as abdominal cramps, acidity and gas, as well as helps in the excretion of urine and feces.

Winter and Summer ColdsCapsaicin also stimulates secretions that help effectively open and drain congested nasal passages, clears mucus and congested lungs.

Fighting off inflammation!  Capsaicin is being studied as an effective treatment for sensory nerve fiber disorders, including pain associated with arthritis, psoriasis, and diabetic neuropathy.

Other Benefits - Placed in shoes and socks, Cayenne pepper is effective in preventing frostbite in extremely cold weather. Putting cayenne pepper powder directly into a bleeding wound can stop it from bleeding and will help the wound to heal without a scar or with a minimal scar formation. Cayenne pepper helps in controlling allergic reactions, cures heartburn, headaches, and sore throats caused by scarlet fever. It provides relief from toothache, treats snake bites, reduces fever and migraines, prevents and treats blood clots and stimulates the appetite. It also helps you to lose weight by increasing the burning of energy through thermogenesis (heat production). Topical capsaicin has been shown in studies to be an effective treatment for cluster headaches, diabetic neuropathy and osteoarthritis pain.  Cayenne pepper is truly nature's  "Hot little number!"

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Organic Granola

You never have to search for the good stuff here!  Bursting with larger pieces of fruit and nuts, our versatile Organic granola's are both delicious and good for you, and made without added fats or oils.  Eaten as a hot or cold cereal, used as a topping for ice cream, stirred into Greek yogurt, or poured into a baggie for a quick snack on-the-go, our tasty granola's are pure nutty, crunchy, organic goodness!

Cranberry Walnut
Made with thick cut rolled oats locally grown, along with organic brown sugar, organic cinnamon, organic cranberries, walnuts, and sea salt, all toasted up for a crunch.




Banana Walnut Granola
Made with thick cut rolled oats locally grown, along with organic brown sugar, organic cinnamon, organic bananas,  walnuts, and sea salt, all toasted up for a crunch.





8 oz bag

Butter Mind Cuties

Remember those mints in the bowl on Grandma's coffee table for guests?  I do.  I liked them.  So I made my own.  These are made with all natural ingredients, with a soft, melt-in-your-mouth taste.  They are perfect for your guests, in gift bags, as party or wedding favors, or just as a simple refreshing poppable sweetie.


Winter Goddess Butter Mint Cuties
Made with cream cheese, butter, pure mint extract, pure vanilla, natural flavoring, vegetable food coloring.





8 oz bag

Truffles

It's all about the chocolate!!!  These luscious and decadent truffles will stop you in your tracks.  They are designed to satisfy even the most ardent chocoholic.  Made with only the finish organic ingredients, you will want to savor it and then savor it some more.


Classic Black
Made with organic dark Belgian style chocolate, organic butter, organic cream, a touch of golden syrup.

Ruby Wine Black
Made with organic dark Belgian style chocolate, organic butter, organic cream, a touch of golden syrup, reduced Ruby Minnesota or Merlot wine.

Red Pepper Black
Made with organic dark Belgian style chocolate, organic butter, organic cream, a touch of golden syrup, infused red pepper flakes.

Fruit Black
Made with organic dark Belgian style chocolate, organic butter, organic cream, a touch of golden syrup, infused orange or blackberry or raspberry oil.  These must be ordered via phone to discuss your request.  612-309-2011

Design Your Own Black
Made with organic dark Belgian style chocolate, organic butter, organic cream, a touch of golden syrup, plus that special flavor for that someone special, including you!  Cost of these truffles may vary according to added ingredients.  These must be ordered via phone to discuss your request.  612-309-2011


1 dozen

Caramel Moments

Soft and chewy old fashioned goodness, made one pot at a time just like grandma used to make.  Made with Organic ingredients without the use of high fructose corn syrup, these handcrafted rolls of pleasure are meant to be savored slowly.  Please, take your time.

Winter Goddess Caramel Moments
Made with organic butter, organic brown sugar, organic condensed milk, sea salt, brown rice syrup, and organic vanilla.





1 dozen

Cake Gems

These lovelies are a wonderful combination of homemade cake with homemade frosting all en-robed in dark chocolate.  They are perfect for a small bite of satisfaction or the perfect party or pot luck addition.  When you want  to end your meal with something sweet, go ahead and indulge in these.  They are sure to satisfy the need for that perfect gem.

Amber Cake Gems
Made with flour, sugar, eggs, vanilla, butter, powdered sugar, dark chocolate, sea salt, baking powder, and milk.






(Picture coming soon!) Chocolate Diamond Cake Gems
Made with flour, cocoa, sugar, eggs, vanilla, butter, powdered sugar, dark chocolate, sea salt, baking powder, and milk.

(Picture coming soon!) Ruby Cake Gems
Made with flour, sugar, eggs, vanilla, butter, powdered sugar, dark chocolate, sea salt, baking powder, red food coloring, cream cheese, and milk.

(Picture coming soon!) Pearl Cake Gems
Made with flour, sugar, eggs, vanilla, butter, powdered sugar, dark chocolate, sea salt, baking powder, baking soda, and milk.

1 dozen

Butter Crunch Toffee

Smooth buttery "soft crack" country store toffee, topped with dark chocolate and a sprinkle of chopped walnuts.  Made without the use of corn syrup or sweeteners.  100% Organic.  100% delicious!

Butter Crunch Toffee Reflections
Made with organic butter, organic cane sugar, organic dark chocolate, sea salt, and walnuts






6 oz bag

Hot Cocoa's

It's chocolaty and comforting with a hint of cinnamon.  Our cocoa's are perfect for those long winter evening when only some hot and chocolate will do.  We use less sugar and more organic cocoa in our hot drinks.  Chocolaty goodness with a touch of Organic Cinnamon, designed for an adult’s taste, but kids love it too!  For Chili-heads, our Muy Loco Coca gives you the extra excitement of cayenne pepper.  Let the adventure begin!

Mojo Coco
Made with quality organic Swiss cocoa, organic powdered sugar, seas salt, and organic cinnamon.


Muy Loco Coco
Made with quality organic Swiss cocoa, organic powdered sugar, seas salt, organic cinnamon, and organic cayenne pepper.






8 oz bag

Monday, April 22, 2013

Tranquility Chai

These comforting hot drinks are welcoming, soothing, and meant to give you a bit of tranquility after a long day.  Curl up with a warm cup or be refreshed by a glass of iced chai.  We make our chai to make you feel good, without the use of binders, fillers, emulsifiers.   Our drinks can be made with hot water.  Come and taste the difference.

Tranquility Chai
Made with black tea, organic non-fat dried milk, organic cane sugar (but not too much), cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, clove, sea salt, and organic vanilla.  
Tranquility Chai - Unsweetened
Made with black tea, organic non-fat dried milk, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, clove, sea salt, and organic vanilla.   (Use your preferred sweetener as you like.)



Tranquility Chai - Vegan
Made with black tea, organic cane sugar, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, clove, sea salt, and organic vanilla. (We recommend making this chai with hot, unsweetened almond milk.)





8 oz bag

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Welcome from the Winter Goddess


Thank you for stopping by, and we welcome you to our new and improved website!  We have designed it to be simple to use, while at the same time delivering the level of quality you can expect with each and every one of our signature creations.  We hope you love it as much as we do.

At Winter Goddess Foods, we are proud to inform you that all of our products are 100% Natural, and are comprised of Organic/Fair Trade ingredients.  We eschew the use of fillers, binders, emulsifiers, extenders, preservatives or artificial ingredients of any kind, including high fructose corn syrup.  Our desire in so doing is to show honor and respect for the earth and her people who inhabit it.  We strive for quality and integrity in all we do. We also strive to be environmentally friendly in every step of our production process.  You can be sure that we only use the best healthy ingredients in everything we make and sell.  After all, we eat and drink them too!  Winter Goddess Foods is dedicated to working and living in the world with honor and deliberation.  We are true to what is fair and right without compromise, for our desire is to make your world larger, by offering you lovingly crafted, affordable healthy alternatives that taste great.

We truly mean it when we say that our products are, "Made with Love for your well-being"™

In order to serve you in the best way possible, we encourage your feedback.  Perhaps you've sampled our products at a friend's home, or met us at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show, or purchased them at a specialty store or Co-op in the Twin Cities area or even online.  If so, by all means please use the contact section to let us know your thoughts or comments.   Winter Goddess Foods is honored to have the opportunity to serve you.   Thank you, and may you make every day be your best day!

-Terry and Frank