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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*http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270435.php
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Sweat Your Way To Health

969When your body sweats it’s actually ridding the toxins that you have stored inside. Sweating is also an indicator of your body’s natural cooling system, and it keeps us from overheating. Sweating also has the ability to kill certain viruses and bacteria that can’t handle high temperatures.*

If you want to reap the healthy benefits of sweating, then start exercising! You can also induce a good sweat with the help of a sauna. Whatever your preferred method, after a heavy sweat be sure to drink plenty of fluids to replenish your source of essential electrolytes.

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*http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/health/body/healthy-toolkit/sweat-health-benefits/
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Apple Cider Vinegar Lowers Cholesterol

918Iranian researchers used rats with normal and diabetic lipid levels to conduct tests on the effectiveness of apple cider vinegar. Results showed that after four weeks both groups reported healthier levels. Even the rats with normal lipid levels experienced a decrease in LDL cholesterol and an increase in HDL (good cholesterol).*

The drugs prescribed to fight off bad cholesterol are expensive and come with side effects. However, apple cider vinegar can lower your cholesterol in a natural, safe and economically effective way.

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*http://voices.yahoo.com/lower-high-cholesterol-naturally-apple-cider-55911.html?cat=5
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Watery Watermelon

watermelonThe next time you’re craving a sweet snack, reach for a watermelon. Watermelon is packed with more than just water; it provides healthy doses of vitamins C, A and B, thiamine, potassium and magnesium. Watermelon also contains lycopene, a key antioxidant in fighting prostate cancer and heart disease.*

When purchasing a watermelon, knock on the rind and listen for a hollow sound. Avoid rinds that produce a solid thud, which is a sign that they are overripe.

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*http://www.naturalfoodbenefits.com/print.asp?CAT=1&ID=75
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How to Prevent Leftovers from Spoiling

862Cooking at home is great because it is healthier for both your body and your bank account. Another benefit lies in leftovers; cooking one meal a night can easily turn into lunch for the next day. Be sure to refrigerate or freeze your leftovers within two hours of cooking as a way to keep your food from spoiling.*

Reusable containers are a convenient way to store your leftovers in the refrigerator. If you’re going to freeze your leftovers, use a FoodSaver or manually squeeze out all of the excess air to protect your food from freezer burn.

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*http://www.wikihow.com/Reduce-Food-Spoilage
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Let’s be Healthy Citizens

820“Healthy citizens are the greatest assets any country can have.”
– Sir Winston Churchill, British politician

We are spending almost 20 percent of our GDP in health care. This is more than double the amounts that industrialized countries (such as France, Germany, Britain and Japan) are spending. Let’s become healthier as a way to reduce health care costs and contribute to our economic recovery.

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Watch Out for Weak Cellphone Reception

777 copyWhen your cell phone is working in an area with weak reception it will compensate by transmitting more power, and therefore, more radiation. Doctors worry that the more radiation that gets absorbed into your body, the greater your risk for developing brain cancer or other tumors. Try to cut back your cell phone use, especially in areas of weak reception.*

Keep phone calls short and use speakerphone to keep your phone away from your body. Avoid storing your cell phone close to you (like in your pocket) and try to use alternate forms of communication (like text or email) whenever possible.

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*http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cellphones
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Vacuum Packs as a Food-Saving Trick

739By minimizing your vegetables exposure to oxygen you can double or even triple their shelf life. It doesn’t take much to create a “vacuum pack.” Use either the bags from the grocery store or your own plastic bags at home to store your veggies. Before sealing, squeeze all of the access air out by flattening the bags against a counter or your chest. Adding a twist tie to the squeezed bag can ensure that no airborne microbes will get to your food.*

Get a professional vacuum seal by purchasing an item like a Foodsaver (available on Amazon). For a lighter financial commitment, invest in a Ziploc Vacuum Starter Kit which on average costs under $12.

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*http://www.learn2grow.com/projects/edibles/preservationstorage/PreservingVeggies.aspx
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Weekly Food Prep

1571With fast food lurking around every corner, it takes a lot of effort to provide your family with well-balanced, nutritious meals every night. One way to overcome this challenge is through weekly meal preparation. Meal preparation includes planning out your recipes for the week, and stocking up on healthy ingredients. Through meal preparation, you can eat healthier, waste less, stress less and save more.*

Meal preparation is as easy as 1, 2, 3. First, create your menu and shopping list. Next, go shopping just for the ingredients that you need. Finally, save more time by cleaning, chopping and pre-cooking what you can ahead of time.

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*http://www.organizeyourselfskinny.com/2014/10/23/a-beginners-guide-to-once-a-week-food-prep-20-starter-recipes-and-meal-prep-ideas/
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Hot and Healthy Bone Broth

1569Bone broth is stock made of animal bones—usually beef, chicken, or turkey. Bone broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system and contains collagen, a healing compound. Bone broth’s collagen reduces inflammation in your gut and heals your gut lining. Drinking bone broth can brighten your skin, boost your immune system, alleviate joint pain and make your hair shiny.*

Prepare bone broth in a large pot with 1lb of organic bones per ½ gallon of cool water. Let the bones sit for 30 minutes in the cool water, then bring broth to a vigorous boil and finally, reduce to simmer for 24-48 hours.

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*http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/cooking-ideas/8-reasons-try-bone-broth
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