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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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A is for Apple and Avocado

Apple and avocado are definitely A-list fruits! Since different varieties of apples will grow each season, you can almost always find a nice selection in your market. Avocados have become more readily available year round as well, as people’s fear of fat and calories associated with the avocado has finally started to diminish.

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Raw and Vegan Goji Berry Bites

Goji Berry Bites

These vegan goji berry bites are quick and easy to make, and high in protein and antioxidants. We have many informative posts about these magical berries. Just type goji into the search box on this blog to learn more! Cashews and sunflower seeds are rich in the minerals copper and magnesium. Store these goji berry bites in the refrigerator and eat often!

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Go Green Smoothie Recipe

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The 3 added super foods in this “go green” smoothie are not greens in the most common or traditional sense, they are concentrated supplements from outstanding green ingredients that provide optimal energy and nutrition from unique sources. (more…)

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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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Outer Spice Giveaway

Outer Spice

Congratulations Kindra! The winner of this giveaway! I love cooking and experimenting with new recipes! I was very excited to try the new spice blends from Outer Spice. First, I started substituting my usual spices with the Outer Spice blends into meals that I have cooked for my family in the past. I used them in spaghetti sauce, as a seasoning for chicken, and in egg sandwiches. Everyone loved how the spices subtly changed the flavor of each meal, especially in the egg sandwiches. My fiancé specifically said that his egg sandwiches tasted “much better” with the new seasonings.

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Recipe: Green Bean Sauté with Garlic and Herbs. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

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This is by far the best green bean recipe I have ever tried. It has the most amazing flavor! The green bean is one of the world’s healthiest vegetables, loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including carotenoids. Most green beans are grown in the United States, and are very easy to grow in your backyard in most climates. Enjoy!

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Fitness Nutrition

Fitness Nutrition

Are you still relying on counting calories to determine your nutritional needs? This is an old way of thinking and involves outdated science. The new approach to fitness nutrition emphasizes nutrient density. What is your workout philosophy? Push – push – push? If so, you may be missing a key component to fitness: recovery.

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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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Recipe: Homemade Almond Milk. It tastes amazing and is full of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

This homemade almond milk recipe is time consuming, but easy. It also tastes amazing and completely different than traditional store bought almond milk. Almonds are high in healthy monounsaturated fats, which can help with cholesterol levels. They also have healthy levels of the antioxidant Vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and are a very good source of amino acids and protein.

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Arugula Chimichurri Recipe

Chimichurri is a traditional green sauce used as a beef marinade. It is native to Argentina, and is traditionally made with parsley, garlic, oil, oregano and vinegar. Today there are a number of variations. For this one I used arugula and cilantro. Arugula is a leafy green very high in cancer fighting phytochemicals, as well as being high in many vitamins and minerals.

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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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Is there a magic pill or fountain of youth? Our opinion on Supplements, Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs.

Is there a magic pill or fountain of youth? We think the answer is yes and no.

Typically people settle for sub-par energy and vitality over long periods of time. When they realize they don’t feel great, then they look outside of themselves for the answer.
 So, our basic response to supplementation is this:

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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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Guest Post: Hearing Loss Prevention with Diet

Hearing loss is thought to impact the lives of over 35 million people in the US (source: The MarkeTrak VIII survey). The 2005 MarkeTrak VII report projected that the numbers of Americans with hearing loss will increase to 40 million by 2025 and 53 million by 2050. The majority linked to age related causes, a condition that can start in a person’s 40s but which is most apparent in people over 65.

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