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Pistachio Pesto. Use on pasta, veggies, or as a sandwich spread.

I love pistachios, so why not make pistachio pesto?! Pistachios are naturally high in many vitamins and minerals including copper, phosphorous and the B vitamins. Additionally, pistachios are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, two carotenoids that help protect your eyes. They contain mono and poly-unsaturated fatty acids, which are beneficial for your heart.

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B is for Bananas and Beets

Chances are you are already a banana eater, unless you have shied away from them because of negative ads you may have seen on  the Internet making them seem unhealthy. On the flip side, you probably “don’t like” beets, so you are nowhere near close to eating enough of them for optimal health. Let’s vow to change our attitudes toward bananas and beets, and start consuming them more often! Here’s why:

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Are you flashing or flushing?

Has this scenario ever happened to you? Your body feels tingly and itchy all over, your skin may become reddened starting at your face and moving to your midsection. You might also feel a rapid heartbeat, chills, dizziness, and shortness of breath or fainting. Do these symptoms describe flashing or flushing? Maybe it’s both? Are your hormones to blame, or could it be vitamin B-3?

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Recipe: Winter Squash Soup with Pumpkin Seeds. Loaded with B vitamins, Calcium, Iron, and Zinc.

Pumpkin seeds are a great addition to this winter squash soup not only as a thickener, but for their health benefits. They are loaded with all of the B vitamins and also contain other essential nutrients including calcium, potassium, and iron. Additionally, they are a well documented source of zinc. Zinc is necessary for growth and development, and also benefits the immune system, and speeds up wound healing.

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Soda Sabotage: weight gain, inflammation, acidity, cavities, osteoporosis, diabetes

Stop drinking soda, and let’s just go ahead and put “sports drinks” and anything “light” or “diet” on this list too.
 These drinks will sabotage your health and vitality, and your ability to maintain your weight in the long run. 
Yes this means “diet” soda – ESPECIALLY diet soda. Diet sodas and drinks are full of weird chemicals. Stop for a second and think about that!

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Red Rice Pilaf Recipe

Bhutanese red rice is native to the Kingdom of Bhutan in the eastern Himalayas. It is a staple rice in that area, and is currently the only product from Bhutan imported to the United States. It is sold by Lotus Foods and Ron Teegaurden. It is minimally processed and has a nice, mild flavor. It contains all of the health benefits of brown rice, such as fiber, B vitamins, and antioxidants, and has more bran. It also cooks somewhat quicker than traditional brown rice. This red rice pilaf makes a great side dish!

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10 Steps to a Healthy Body and Mind on your Wedding Day.

1. Take your supplements – Use a B complex for energy, beautiful skin, and healthy metabolism. B’s get depleted easily when you are busy multitasking. Additionally, adrenal support supplements can help you feel calm and refreshed, inhibiting fatigue and tension as to-do lists grow!

2. Exercise – Exercising will help you get toned up for the big day, plus it’s a great stress reliever. Find something that you enjoy that will keep you motivated – cross train and explore new activities. When all else fails, something you can easily do everyday, no matter what – power walk!

3. Drink a lot of water -This is the beauty secret you always hear about because it works! Being properly hydrated makes you look & feel so much better and can help calm hunger sensations. Try water with fruit and citrus for a nice variety and antioxidant boost!

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Easy Slow Cooker Black Beans. Very versatile and high in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.

I love black beans, and I love rice and bean combos. They are such simple ingredients providing such an awesome “net gain” of nutrition, especially for the price. Black beans are high in quality protein, and vitamins and minerals like folate, thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. Plus, a very good source of dietary fiber.

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Everyday Cleanse Series: 15 Lifestyle Changes to make today so you are detoxing all of the time.

We will break all of these tips down in future posts, but if you truly commit to these lifestyle changes to the best of your knowledge today, you will be well on your way to cleansing everyday. The need for regular participation in harsh, strict, questionable or stressful cleanses or detox diets can be eliminated.

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Shiitake Rockefeller Recipe

This recipe was taken from P. Allen Smith Garden Home. There are a lot of variations including preparing the dish vegan with an alternative butter. Mushrooms are one of the healthiest foods on earth. Shittake mushrooms are specifically good for immune and cardiovascular health. They are rich in B vitamins and minerals.

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Guest Post: Get Hair Volume Naturally

There’s nothing worse than hair that just lays flat. No matter what you do, or how much product you put into it, you just can’t get that bouncy volume that everyone looks for. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are a few things that you can try to increase your hair volume naturally.

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Spirulina and Chlorella

Spirulina is a multi-celled blue-green algae that grows in semi-salty (brackish) waters. It is considered the single most nutrient-dense and nutritionally balanced of all the plants on earth. It is easy to digest, due to its thin cell wall. Chlorella is a single cell green algae with a hard cell wall. In fresh water, chlorella replicates faster than any other organism. It is the most ancient aerobic life form still found on Earth today, and is nature’s richest whole food source of chlorophyll.

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Tabouli Salad. A great way to get a good dose of Parsley. Lots of chlorophyll, vitamin K, and iron.

I love Tabouli salad! Especially the traditional Lebanese preparation. It has so much delicious parsley, and so many wonderful health benefits! If you are looking for more ways to get greens into your diet, this is a very delicious way to do it. Parsley is green and high in chlorophyll, so we know it is good, but check out how good!

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Aloe Vera is a Super Food

The more we learn about aloe, the more we love it. Let’s look at the nutritional value of Whole Leaf Aloe Vera. Keep in mind these nutrients are found in trace amounts, but WOW this is a long list of goodness! Most consumers know aloe as a topical skin soother, many know it as a juice, or a whole-leaf juice concentrate for the savvy consumer. No matter what, think of aloe as a super food that we should ingest regularly!

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Flax oil, seed, or capsules?

How do you choose between flax oil, seed, and capsules? Flax is a food, a super food actually, so let’s rule out taking flax in capsule or more accurately, softgel form, as being the best choice. We always want to try and get our nutritional requirements met from food first.

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