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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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Magnesium tidbits for wellness

Over the years I have grown to really value the important roles magnesium has in the body. I have seen it help many of my family members and friends with many different needs from muscle cramping to anxiety. For this post we will follow the same format we used for the top 20 reasons we love supplements. This list will continue to grow with interesting tidbits that might be helpful to you as we remember to add things, or learn new facts.

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Cranberries and Banana Smoothie

I like to use cranberries in smoothies year-round. Cranberries inhibit the ability of E. coli bacteria to adhere to the linings of the urinary tract, but have benefits that go far beyond urinary tract health. Cranberries contain a powerful cocktail of antioxidants supporting cardiovascular health, tissue repair, anti-aging, and healthy inflammatory responses. They are full of polyphenols, organic acids, vitamins and minerals as well.

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DIY Greens Powder

Drying and crushing nutrient dense greens, such as spinach, kale and collards, into your own DIY greens powder, is a great way to add an extra boost of vitamins and minerals into your diet. It can be difficult, especially at this time of year, to eat enough green leafy vegetables and this powder can be added to stews, stir-fries, sauces, smoothies and even scrambled eggs.

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Do you know what sea vegetables are? Are your iodine levels low? How is your metabolism?

I was surprised to hear one of my friends did not know what sea vegetables are. The subject came up when she told me her recent blood work showed that her iodine levels were a bit low. I know very little about iodine and thyroid health, this is a very delicate issue and unique to all individuals.

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Dairy Free Calcium Rich Smoothie

Another well-balanced smoothie here for you to try. Healthy fat, fiber, greens, omega – 3, 6, 7, and 9, antioxidants, and protein. Plus, over 600 mg of calcium from a rooted fresh water plant called Hydrilla Verticillata! If you are not a fan of calcium supplements in general, Hydrilla might be perfect for you.

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Green Smoothies for Kids

Green smoothies are perfect for getting essential nutrients into a toddler who won’t stop playing to eat or any child who turns their nose up at fruit and vegetables. It is important to include a source of protein or healthy fats to prevent an insulin spike from the high carbohydrate content. I use whole milk yoghurt, but avocado, coconut oil, flax and chia seeds make great alternatives.

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A smoothie recipe that fills you up

This smoothie recipe fills you up fast! Probiotics, Omegas, Greens, Calcium, Protein, Fiber, and a lot of antioxidant action. It’s really well-balanced with all of the basics. You can always change out the milk for another variety, and don’t let the smoothie sit for too long, the chia seeds will thicken it rather quickly.

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Garlic Mashed Turnips Recipe

This turnips recipe is a great alternative to regular mashed potatoes. I have, however, added potatoes to this turnips recipe because I can actually get my daughter to eat it that way! Turnips are slightly bitter, but the potatoes can be omitted if desired. Turnips are naturally high in Vitamin C, fiber and calcium. They also have less calories than potatoes. If you buy turnips with the greens, you can chop them and add them to the recipe for an added nutritional boost. Happy Fall!

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Coconut Recipe: Tullum?

Here is a simple recipe that I grew up with in Trinidad and Tobago, which is packed with iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and fiber. No one is exactly sure how Tullum came to be or even how it is spelled. I have heard it said that this treat came about in the old days of poverty and sugar cane plantations, and the name is African in origin, maybe as long ago as the 18th century.

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5 Ways to get the most benefit from Calcium

Look at your supplement, avoid the form called Calcium Carbonate. It is basically chalk, and not well absorbed into the bones. It is an inexpensive form, and yields high milligrams (mgs) per serving, so it looks like you are getting a lot of Calcium. While this is true, you are getting a form which your body does not easily utilize properly.

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Buying & Taking Supplements Series #9-12. Be mindful and educated about vitamins.

9. Be mindful to follow recommended doses. Especially when the product has iron, or vitamin A. Vitamin A in the form of anything besides beta carotene, the form of vitamin A found in food, can be toxic at high doses.

10. Choose a B Complex over a single B. If you read or hear something great about one of the B vitamins and are compelled to go out and purchase it, buy a B Complex instead. This will give you a daily balance of all of the B vitamins, which work together synergistically in your body. This will help prevent any imbalances from occurring in the long run.

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Vegan Banana Amaranth Muffins. Complete Protein & High in Iron.

Vegan Banana Amaranth Muffins

Amaranth is an ancient grain similar to quinoa, and was used by the Aztecs for centuries. It is gluten free and is considered a complete protein. It also has a larger amount of the amino acid Lysine than most other grains do. It is an excellent source of fiber, iron, magnesium, and calcium. It has a very unique, nutty flavor that goes well with the banana in these vegan banana amaranth muffins.

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Considering a dairy free diet? What about Calcium? Should you go dairy free?

Eliminating dairy is one of the major things that changed my body for the better. This notion will be easier for some to “digest” than others because who doesn’t love ice cream, cheese, and cereal? It’s hard to imagine our lives without it. But for me, the benefits I saw to my body encouraged me to continue on a dairy free diet for good.

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