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Why they’re super:
Beets are loaded with antioxidants and have been found to protect against cancer, heart disease, and inflammation. Naturally sweet and full of fiber and vitamin C, beets make a delicious and nutrient-packed addition to any meal.
How to enjoy them:
Try finely grated raw beets in your salads or roast them along with sweet potatoes and parsnips for a colorful and flavorful side-dish—just keep in mind that certain cooking methods (like boiling) may decrease their nutritional value. And don’t forget about the leafy green tops, which are rich in iron and folate, and can be prepared much like their cousins, Swiss chard and spinach.
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Why they’re super:
One cup of alfalfa sprouts has less than 10 calories, is virtually fat-free, and contains phytochemicals called saponins, which may protect against cancer and help lower cholesterol.
How to enjoy them:
Enjoy their fresh, earthy crunch in salads or sandwiches, or atop a lean turkey or veggie burger.
Mini Bell Pepper Magic
If you haven’t tried the mini bell peppers yet you need to pick some up. They are in season now come in an array of colors and are popping up everywhere. They are much sweeter and crunchier then the large standard bell peppers. They come equipped with much more nutrition as they are smaller and are picked sooner then the large type. They are very affordable being by weight they weigh less which enables you to get the perfect amount you need.
I picked up 4lbs of these for $3.99. I love to lightly grill these for sandwiches, salads, tofu, chicken, to add to quinoa, rice, salads or just eat plain. The small size keeps them fresher and they are just delicious. If you are looking for an affordable healthy snack for your children these make a great snack for your kids and family. Add some zip to your meals with these delicious mini peppers.
If you are looking to sweeten your dish without adding sugar, honey, agave, dates or other, try pureeing the peppers and adding them to your smoothies, drinks, meal, dessert, salad or other. They add a nice fresh sweet kick to your food that doesn’t disappoint.
Delicious Sweet Cilantro Pepper Vinaigrette or Basil Pepper Dressing
Another wonderful use and one of my favorite is using them for a fresh salad dressing. I simply puree the peppers, fresh herbs like cilantro or basil, then add apple cider vinegar, olive oil and a shake of sea salt and pepper for a super fresh dressing.
If you have been disappointed before when buying avocados, don’t let that happen again.
I am going to tell you the tricks to perfect avocados every time.
The first step is finding the greenest, largest and hardest avocados for the best price.
You want to pick them up 3 days before you need them.
Place them in a bowl and find a place they can ripen, that is out of the way.
Here is a picture of Day #1.
Day #1 during your pm check them and turn them once. Don’t squeeze them.
Day #2 am check you will see them getting darker . Turn them again checking them again in the night.
Day 3 am check if they are ready in the am refrigerate. If it needs more time turn wait until the eve of day
#3 before eating turning one more time. They should now be Perfect. Throw them in the refrigerator and they will be ready for guacamole or fresh avocado anytime. Refrigerating will stop the ripening process leaving them just right for eating.
You can cut them up for mexican food, sandwiches, or any other way you want to eat them.
Purple foods are very important as they are packed with higher levels of antioxidant anthocyanins which help you bolster the immunity and help prevent sickness and disease. Purple foods are power packed with nutrients and essential in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
If you haven’t been getting enough purple foods in your diet try your best to begin implementing these purple power foods into your diet. The two that have been most popular recently have been found to reduce and prevent certain sicknesses and diseases. Remember that purple foods are high in antioxidant anthocyanins which help prevent disease while maintaining optimal health. Two that you might be seeing around are purple potatoes and purple cauliflower. Be sure to pick some up today.
Purple Potatoes – These purple potatoes are helping prevent and reduce the risk of heart disease and cardiovascular disease with their rich anti-inflammatory properties. Not only are they loaded with healthy antioxidants, they are super delicious and nutritious. Make all the same delicious foods you would make with potatoes as they cook and taste just like your standard potatoes just much healthier in their properties.
Purple cauliflower – These purple cauliflower in these beautiful hues are not only pretty, but also helping prevent and reduce the risk of cancers – The purple cauliflower is loaded with very high levels of vitamin C and packed with anthocyanins which are known to detox carcinogens warding off sickness and disease. If you haven’t picked any up lately, be sure to get this purple cauliflower into your diet right away. It cooks and taste just like your standard cauliflower, just much more nutritious and powerful.
**LET THE PURPLE POWER BEGIN***
If you want to get in on the purple action and just aren’t sure where to start contact your local healthy food store and or farmers market to see what their availability is. If you don’t see any purple colored fruits and or vegetables be sure to ask. They will always carry foods you want to buy you just must mention it to them that you are interested in buying these here and they will make it happen.
Many stars and celebrities have caught on to the health benefits of eating purple foods not only for their antioxidant and nutritional value but also for their anti-aging properties. Mariah Carey’s nutritionist has also provided a diet recommending purple foods for anti-aging properties along with their strong antioxidants.
Click here for the link to read the article with Mariah Carey sharing the only foods she will eat.
The Dr. Oz show has also recently discussed purple foods and their health benefits.
Click on this link to recap Dr. Oz purple food recommendations and what they mean to you.