Black Beans are Beneficial

1012 copyWith over 4000 antioxidants, black beans contain the highest amount of antioxidants compared to every other variety of bean. Black beans also contain flavonoids, which not only cause their rich black shell color, but also credit them to being an excellent source of phytonutrients. Because they are rich in healthy fiber, adding black beans to your diet can keep you feeling fuller, longer.*

The healthiest way to cook black beans is on a stovetop; just add three cups of fresh water for every cup of dried beans. Bring the beans to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, partly cover your pot for one to one-and-a-half hours until your black beans become tender.

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*http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=2
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Bok Choy for Your Health

Bok ChoyA member of the cabbage family, bok choy provides your body with calcium, vitamin C, beta carotene, folate, magnesium, potassium and iron. With high levels of fiber and only 10 calories per cup, it’s an excellent food for weight loss. Overall, the plentiful phytonutrients found in bok choy make it a beneficial food for your health.*

For a healthy bok choy cooking method, heat three tablespoons of broth or water in a skillet. Once hot, add the bok choy, cover and allow it to sauté for four minutes. Raw bok choy is also an easy green to incorporate into blended fruit smoothies.

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*http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/06/21/bok-choy-health-benefits.aspx
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Drink Blueberry Juice for Pain

Of all the medicines you have for pain relief, do you have blueberries? These tasty little berries pack a good punch to aide against pain in the body. They contain salicylic acid, a natural version of aspirin that thins the blood and reduces pain; anthocyanins, the pigments that give them their dark blue color also have high levels of antioxidants; and phytonutrients, the anti-inflammatory agents in our bodies. With the stresses of life, we all suffer from pain and blueberries could be the better choice than reaching into the medicine cabinet.[1]

Go get some blueberry juice today! It has a great taste, it’s refreshing, and as an added bonus, it can help your body fight against pain and inflammation.

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[1]http://www.themediteckwellnessgateway.com/blog/1195/natural-remedy-superstars-101-blueberries-health-benefits/
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How Colorful is Your Plate?

evelynisherePhytonutrients are biological substances that give fruits and vegetables their color, flavor, smell and disease resistance.

There are an estimated 40,000 phytonutrients available in colorful foods, and they can prevent cancer, heart disease, arthritis, infection, allergies and numerous other diseases.*

Look down at your plate today when you’re eating. It should look like a colorful painting. Try to make your plate more vibrant with fresh fruits and vegetables.

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*Pratt, Steven and Kathy Mathews. Superfoods Rx. HarperCollins, 2003.  Photo by evelynishere