Kale Makes for a Healthy Snack

In addition to being a great source of potassium and copper, kale is also rich in calcium, beta-carotene, and vitamins C and K. Kale is also rich in dietary fiber, which promotes proper digestion. Because it’s so nutritious, adding kale to your diet can lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, plus it tastes great!*

For a healthy, crispy snack, toss some raw kale with a light coating of olive oil and place it on a baking sheet. Set your oven to 350 degrees and bake for about 15 minutes or until crisp. The slightly salty crunch will make you feel like you’re eating nature’s healthiest potato chip!

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Amazing Power of Astaxanthin

salmonCarotenoids are colors that occur in nature. For example, the carotenoid Astaxanthin is red, and is responsible for the color of salmon, lobster, shrimp and crab. Astaxanthin is 40 times stronger than beta-carotene, 100 times more powerful than vitamin E and 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, making it the “king of the carotenoids.”*

If you want to source the highest astaxanthin content, seek out wild pacific salmon. Studies show that astaxanthin supplements pack the same anti-inflammatory benefits as fish, so you could also take 6-8mg of the supplement daily.

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Cantaloupes Can Help

Imports-CantaloupeCantaloupes are excellent sources of antioxidants, and they also provide your body with magnesium, copper, fiber, and potassium. They have 3,000 micrograms of beta-carotene per 100 grams. That’s 30 times more than fresh oranges! Research has proven the benefits of cantaloupe. Women who eat 12 ounces of the fresh fruit a day have a lower risk of metabolic syndrome.*

Hold off on cutting into your cantaloupe until you are ready to eat it. When you do slice it, be sure to keep the seeds on the remaining cantaloupe sections, as they help to keep the fruit juicy and fresh.

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The Most Potent Detoxifier, Chlorella

Say hello to one of nature’s most powerful super foods, chlorella! Chlorella is a freshwater green algae that is a rich source of protein, it contains all essential amino acids, it’s high in antioxidant beta carotene, contains a high concentration of phytonutrient chlorophyll, and it is a very potent detoxifier. As a detoxifier, chlorella binds itself to toxins in the body and helps eliminate them. Chlorella’s fibrous outer shell also helps the body remove heavy metals, such as mercury, by latching on to them and pulling them out of the bloodstream and tissues. [1]

Add chlorella to your diet to keep your body strong and healthy! They are available in capsule form or add it to smoothies for a great healthy treat.

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Enjoy Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are versatile, tasty and highly nutritious root vegetables. They are high in beta-carotene, vitamins B1, B6, niacin, C, E, as well as calcium, iron, and potassium. The highly nutritive content is great for maintaining regular bowel health, healthy skin, and relief from asthma and arthritis as well. Adding sweet potatoes to your diet may reverse anemia and high blood pressure and they may contribute to preventing heart disease, strokes, several types of cancers and may even remove heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium and copper from the body.[1]

Look for firm, smooth skinned sweet potatoes. The brighter and darker the color, the more beta carotene it contains. They can be enjoyed raw, grated into salads, pureed, or baked and cooked into pies, puddings, and soups.

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