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Healthy Power Foods

Updated on April 18, 2017

Foods That Help You Regain Your Health

Finding foods that are healthy and fun to eat is not as challenging as you may think.

I have days where I tell myself that whatever I put in my mouth today, no matter what, it will have some nutritional value. So if that means having a whole grain tortilla chip INSTEAD of a potato chip, then that's a go, lol!

It's little changes like this that can make a difference in your health. Imagine if you could do this three to four times a week, how much better for your health it would be :) And it's not all that difficult.

Oh so pretty, oh so healthy!
Oh so pretty, oh so healthy!

Beautiful Blueberries!!!

Blueberries are delicious! They have one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, and since antioxidants are essential to good health, why not add blueberries to a long list of fruits to enjoy? Kids love 'em too!

Since blueberries provide the best flavor and will give you the greatest nutritional benefits. It might be difficult to stay stocked up on raw blueberries so the next best thing would be the frozen variety. You can buy them at any grocery store and also in a large bag at Costco for convenience.

I take them right out of the freezer in the morning and add them to a cup of Greek yogurt and I must tell you, it's one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten. I honestly feel like I am eating ice cream with candy on it in the morning and sometimes have to remind myself how I am actually eating something good for me, lol!

There's something about the creaminess of the Greek yogurt in particular that just gives it that wonderful flavor. If you want something crunchy add walnuts or Kashi Go Lean cereal for extra flavor, absolutely superb!

Superfood Smoothies: 100 Delicious, Energizing & Nutrient-dense Recipes (Julie Morris's Superfoods)
Superfood Smoothies: 100 Delicious, Energizing & Nutrient-dense Recipes (Julie Morris's Superfoods)

Thoughtfully crafted smoothie recipes to maximize health, flavor, and texture. The ultimate smoothie book for anyone looking to enhance their health. Everyone loves smoothies! Whether you're looking for an gentle cleanse, an energy boost or trying to incorporate more healthy options into your diet, you will be motivated to power up your blender!

 

BLUEBERRY PARFAIT - So Delicious, AND So Good For You!

BLUEBERRY PARFAIT - So Delicious, AND So Good For You!
BLUEBERRY PARFAIT - So Delicious, AND So Good For You!

The #1 Power Food You Should Put on Your Plate

Squash!!!

Squash is one of the most potent superfoods on earth!

The high levels of potassium and iron, as well as vitamins A and C and fiber in this winter veggie may help to lower blood pressure and prevent cancer and heart disease. All this goodness for just 75 calories a cup! Few foods come in such a wide array of beautiful colors and pack more of a nutritional punch at so low a cost.

Chia Seeds

Adding CHIA SEEDS to your diet can greatly enhance your health

Absolutely loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that increase energy and enhance health, chia seeds have become celebrated within the healthfood community because of their amazing nutritional qualities and they also aid in weight loss because eating them makes you feel fuller longer.

Chia seeds are full of healthy omega fats, protein, antioxidants, and dietary fiber which qualifies them as a superfood!

Healthworks Chia Seeds Raw Organic, 3lb
Healthworks Chia Seeds Raw Organic, 3lb

Small, whole and organic, the chia seeds produced by Navitas Naturals are offered in their purest state. Navitas Naturals is a certified organic, green business.

 

Be Unstoppable with BEETS! - Beets contain potent compounds that can lower "bad" cholesterol by 40 percent

The Health Benefits of Beets

Following are some interesting facts about BEETS which may surprise you...

Beets can relieve stress

Beets contain a potent compound called uridine which helps nerve cell membranes to maintain a healthy level of a mood-boosting chemical called dopaine, which prevents stress and anxiety.

Beets for a healthier heart
Eating more beets lowers "bad" cholesterol". The vegetable's purple pigment promotes the breakdown of artery-clogging fats called triglycerides in the blood.

Reduce cancer risk

Enjoying beets daily can cut colon cancer risk by 75 percent. Beets are rich in folate, a nutrient that increases production of the DNA-repairing chemicals that prevent cellular mutations.

Charge your metabolism

Eating beets regularly can make losing weight effortless. Beets are naturally low in calories and packed with betaine, a phytonutrient that enables the body to convert fat to energy more efficiently for a boost in metabolism. In addition, the betaine stimulates the production of bile which is a body fluid that flushes toxins out of your system.

Beet chips are a delicious way to enjoy this healthy power food. Imagine how healthy you could become just by replacing your regular potato chips with beet chips!

Be(et) Healthy!

Good Thins Beet Crackers with Balsamic Vinegar & Sea Salt, 3.75 Ounce Box (Pack of 6)
Good Thins Beet Crackers with Balsamic Vinegar & Sea Salt, 3.75 Ounce Box (Pack of 6)

Better for you and your family than regular potato chips, why not try these BEET CHIPS if you still want the crunch with your lunch!

 

Green Tea Field

GREEN TEA FIELD
GREEN TEA FIELD

Green Tea

The sip that delivers instant calm

A study in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the L-theanine in green tea stimulates the alpha brain waves to bring on a relaxed and alert mental state within 45 minutes.

Even better, the compound in green tea causes the brain to be more resilient to stress.

And in addition, drinking a cup of green tea AFTER your meals will up your metabolism to increase weight loss.

Sip Green Tea For The Health Benefits

Sip Green Tea For The Health Benefits
Sip Green Tea For The Health Benefits

Diet is a Four Letter Word!

Try to think about it as a way of life, not a DIET

So when you think about the word 'diet', don't think of it as a restrictive thing. It's really just another word for what you eat, and everyone is actually on a 'diet' because we all have to eat, right?

Try new foods, try eating fruit a few times a day before you eat that ice cream bar, and then, chances are you probably won't even want the ice cream! Chances are you just want something sweet and by eating fruit you will calm your craving.

But if after eating the fruit, you still want the ice cream, then my suggestion is to go ahead and have it and not deny yourself satisfaction because that's why most people stop watching what they eat and that's not the goal here.

Kimchi

Pickled Cabbage a Weight-Loss Miracle?

Kimchi is a three-in-one powerhouse - a metabolism booster, a craving buster and a detoxifier!

Part of the magic of kimchi is due to the fact that it's fermentation, which is ruled by a friendly bacteria, Lactobacillus kimchi.

A cousin of the friendly lactobacillus in yogurt, the kimchi strain is more powerful and helps to produce lactic acid that boosts endurance and promotes calorie burning.

Kimchi also contains capsaicin from chili pepper, which is proven to boost satiety and help clear fat-trapping toxins from the body which aids in detoxification endeavors.

Finally, kimchi's garlic contains allicin, a compound that helps you slim down naturally. You can buy kimchi at Asian markets and large supermarkets.

Good Morning, Kimchi!: Forty Different Kinds of Traditional & Fusion Kimchi Recipes
Good Morning, Kimchi!: Forty Different Kinds of Traditional & Fusion Kimchi Recipes

Kimchi rich in vitamins A and C, and beneficial in enhancing digestive health. It is considered a vegetable probiotic food that contributes health benefits in a similar manner as yogurt. This book contains traditional recipes and contemporary options for preparing Kimchi.

 
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Broccoli is a Superfood!

Trying to get your family, especially kids, to eat broccoli can sometimes be challenging, but it may be worth it in the long run because of it's powerful health benefits. Seven of them are as follows:

1. Cancer prevention: Broccoli has cancer fighting properties!

2. Cholesterol reduction: Broccoli is packed with soluble fiber that draws cholesterol out of your body.

3. Reducing allergic reaction and inflammation: Research has shown significant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in broccoli, which are shown to held reduce inflammation.

4. Powerful antioxidant: Broccoli has concentrated sources of vitamin C, in addition to other carotenoids like the powerful antioxidant, beta-carotene..

5. Bone health: Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.

6. Heart health: The anti-inflammatory properties in broccoli, may be able to prevent heart disease.

7. Diet aid: Broccoli is a good carb (we all need some carbs, why not the good ones?) and it is also high in fiber, which aids in digestion,and stops you from overeating.

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Bang Bang Broccoli

If you're still trying to get your family to eat more of this wonderful super food, then it might be time to try the Bang Bang Broccoli recipe below. It's a winner!

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp. sriracha
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 cut into florets large broccoli heads, cut into florets
  • kosher salt
  • ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425ยบ. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, sweet chili sauce, Sriracha, and lime juice.
  2. On a large baking sheet, toss broccoli in sauce until fully coated. Season generously with salt and pepper. Roast until slightly charred and tender, about 20 minutes. Serve warm.

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      Rosaquid 4 years ago

      Love this lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      excellent content

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      Andrew 137 5 years ago

      Blueberries are already a favourite of mine and go into majority of my mixed fruit bowls :)

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for the powerful information. The blueberries alone make me wish for some of these healthy alternatives. Great lense! I am definitely taking the exit from processed foods Highway!

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      Rock Artist 5 years ago

      @anonymous: hahaha, I'm glad!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Okay. ... Ok. ... OK!!! ... I'm gonna do this!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      We eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables and not so much pre-processed foods these days. Blueberries in Yoghurt are wonderful, and there are so many ways that you can make salads and fruit salads, depending on what's available. Useful information.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the health information.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      To our health!

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      Blueberries are my favorite power food. I add them to lots of breakfast dishes and snack on them during the day. I have blueberry bushes so it is easy to get them. Informative lens.