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A Salad A Day…

Salads tend to be underrated. As far as ingredients, they can be as simple or as elaborate as you would like, and you can find at least one on nearly every restaurant menu. Adding a salad to your diet almost daily can provide great healthful benefits, such as the following.

  • Fiber

Salads are a great source of fiber, and high-fiber diets can help lower cholesterol levels. Fiber also aids the digestive system and helps you feel fuller and eat less, which may result in weight loss.

  • Fruits & Vegetables

Eating salads can increase your intake of vegetables and fruits. In addition, these nutrient-rich plants can improve your overall health. Raw vegetables are a filled with excellent antioxidants which help protect our body from damage caused by free radicals. Research has also shown links between fruit and vegetable intake and lowered risks for diseases.

  • Cut Calories & Increase Satisfaction

Starting your meals with a small green salad (150 calories or less) can be helpful if you’re looking to lose weight. It can increase satiety and decrease the total number of calories eaten during your meal. In addition, you may want to aim make your salads bigger in volume by adding more veggies and using less dressing and other fatty toppings.

  • Good Fats

In order to better absorb the protective phytochemicals from your vegetables, it is best to eat them with a little good fat (such monounsaturated fat found in olive oil, avocado, and nuts).

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Why You Need Quinoa In Your Life

Touted as a nutrient-dense superfood, quinoa provides delicious, healthful benefits. Find out why it is so popular and how regular consumption of quinoa can improve your health.

What is Quinoa?
Although quinoa is often listed as a grain, it is actually the seed of a plant related to spinach. And, in comparison to wheat, barley, and corn, quinoa contains less sodium and more calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc. Naturally gluten-free, low glycemic, and high in fiber, quinoa can be used as a substitute for any grain.

Notable Benefits of Quinoa

  • Great Source Of Protein

Quinoa is a complete, high quality protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids. The World Health Organization (WHO) rates the quality of the protein in quinoa to be equivalent to that in milk. For the vegetarians and vegans out there, quinoa is a smart choice for a meatless meal.

  • Great Source Of Fiber

One cooked cup of quinoa provides 5 grams of fiber, most of which is insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is the type of fiber that your body needs to maintain a healthy digestive system.

  • Adds Additional Protein During Pregnancy

As mentioned, quinoa is a great source of protein and the essential amino acids. For those who are expecting, it is a smart and delicious way to ensure that you are getting enough protein.

  • Contains Iron

Iron helps to keep your red blood cells healthy and carries oxygen throughout your body. A deficiency in iron results in anemia, thus, quinoa can combat anemia and its negative side effects.

  • Contains Antioxidants

Manganese and copper are necessary for your body to create enzymes that help protect your cells against damage caused by free radicals. This process helps to fight off all sorts of diseases ranging from heart disease to cancer. Luckily, quinoa contains extremely high levels of both.

Aside from its excellent health benefits, quinoa is relatively easy to prepare, and offers a delicate nutty flavor. You can enjoy it as a side dish, in soups or salads, as a pilaf, or even a nutritious breakfast cereal.

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Healing Winter Foods

With the New Year upon us, many of us have new goals and resolutions for the year. For those who want to focus on improving their health and overall well-being, these healing foods might be a great start. Add these fruits and vegetables to your diet to help you kick-start a healthier lifestyle this winter.

Brussels Sprouts
These aren’t always everyone’s favorite vegetable, but they do offer great benefits. As part of the cabbage family, Brussels sprouts promote the production of glutathione, which is an antioxidant that aids in minimizing cellular damage from free radicals. They contain high levels of glucosinolates and sulfur compounds, which are anti-parasitic. And overall, Brussels sprouts are great for your body, mind, and soul.

Horseradish Root
If you want to improve your digestion, try adding horseradish root to your diet. Horseradish fights against multiple bacterial species and intestinal worms, and also helps to stimulate digestion, enhance circulation, and can aid in naturally lowering elevated body temperatures.

Grapefruits have been used to reduce the severity of asthma in the past. This is thanks to their abundance of vitamin C, which helps to combat inflammation of the respiratory tract.

There’s a reason kale became such a popular superfood so quickly. During the winter, we may not get as much sunlight and vitamin D as we usually do, which can cause hormonal fluctuations. Eating kale can help to strengthen your bones and create an estrogen-balancing effect to keep us healthy and happy. Kale is also high in antioxidants to fight inflammation.

Kiwifruit is a great source of important flavonoids as well as vitamins C and E. These help to reduce inflammation, stave off colds and the flu, and work to repair damaged skin by boosting collagen formation. The black seeds of the kiwifruit provide omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for our brains during the dark days of winter.

You may have heard that leeks can help to defend against cancer cell formation, but its benefits don’t stop there. When it comes to digestion, leeks can act as a mild and safe diuretic and laxative to keep our urinary and intestinal tracts regular. Leeks also contain the prebiotics inulin and fructo-oligosaccharides, which promote a healthy microbiome. And the sulfur compounds within leeks are powerful antibacterial and antiviral agents.

It’s no secret that oranges are a great source of vitamin C (great for the immune system), but its citrate prevents adhesion of bacteria to the urinary tract wall. This, in turn, helps to prevent kidney stone formation and urinary tract infections.

Containing potassium, phosphorus, beta-carotene, and B vitamins, it’s no wonder pears can help to calm and rejuvenate our nerves. Pears can also stimulate the production of serotonin and norepinephrine, which helps to boost our moods.

The vibrant, high-fiber seeds are great for our blood circulation as they help to maintain the lining of our blood vessels. They also contain unsaturated fats which provide important antiviral protection.

Sweet Potatoes
Often times, potatoes get a bad rap for their starch and calorie content, but they are good for our bodies. They help to generate heat and promote efficient biochemical reactions to help maintain health and wellness. When it comes to sweet potatoes, they contain ample amounts of beta-carotene and vitamin C which supports and boosts our immune system. If we include sweet potatoes in our regular diet, we can even develop a protection from infectious illness.

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