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Red, White & Blue Healthy Foods

The Fourth of July doesn’t have to be unhealthy!  Show your patriotic spirit with these nutritious red, white and blue foods.

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Cherries

High in antioxidants, potassium and Vitamin C, cherries have been shown to help prevent Alzheimer’s, diabetes and heart disease.  Cherries have also been shown to reduce inflammation and prevent post-exercise muscle soreness.

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Strawberries

Because they’re so high in vitamin C, strawberries boost immunity, support eye health and help prevent cancer.  All those little seeds also mean that strawberries are high in fiber, which is great for your digestive health.

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Beets

Beets get their red color from a compound called betanin, which has been shown to be a powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation and helps your body detoxify.

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Tomato

Whether you call them a fruit or a vegetable, there’s no arguing that tomatoes are great for you!  They’re full of a variety of nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, manganese and folate.

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Watermelon

Because it’s over 90% water, watermelon is an excellent hydrating food for summer.  It’s also been shown to help reduce post-workout soreness and boost recovery, so try chowing down on some an hour or two before your next workout.

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Red Bell Pepper

Red bell peppers are super-high in vitamin C and vitamin A, making them great for immunity, increasing iron absorption and supporting eye health.  They’re also high in vitamin B6 and magnesium, which are great for preventing anxiety.

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Garlic

Garlic has been used for thousands of years as an immunity booster.  It’s also full of antioxidants and sulphur compounds that have been associated with reducing inflammation.

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Cauliflower

High in folate and phosorous, cauliflower is a nutrient powerhouse.  Try grilling a cauliflower “steak” on the BBQ this summer!

Jicama

Also known as the Mexican yam, jicama contains prebiotics and soluble fiber, both of which are important for your digestive health.  Jicama is also a great source of vitamin C, iron, potassium and vitamin B6.

White Beans

Because they’re so high in fiber, white beans are great for lowering cholesterol and preventing certain types of cancer.  White beans are also a great choice for vegetarians, as they contain both protein and iron.

White Chia

Though you might be more familiar with the black chia seeds, white chia seeds contain the same nutrients.  Chia seeds are great to incorporate into your diet because they’re high in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and protein.

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Quinoa

Naturally free of gluten, quinoa contains more fiber than other grains and is the only grain that is also a complete protein.  Quinoa is also rich in antioxidants, magnesium and riboflavin.

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Blueberries

This tiny fruit is loaded with antioxidants that are helpful in preventing disease and improving brain health.  Like other berries, blueberries are also a good source of vitamin C and fiber.

Eggplant contains a compound called nasunin, which boosts circulation and supports brain health.  The nightshade vegetable is also packed with minerals, including iron, calcium and copper.

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Black Currants

Black currants are frequently used in herbal medicine thanks to their anti-inflammatory and immunity-boosting properties. The tart berry is also a source of vitamin C, potassium and omega-6 fatty acids.

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Blackberries

Rich in antioxidants and fiber, blackberries have also been shown to have benefits for your heart, brain and dental health.

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Plums

In addition to being great for your digestive health, plums help you maintain healthy bones, prevent cancer and support brain health.

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13 Healthier Recipes to Satisfy Your Carrot Cake Cravings

While carrot cake sounds healthy, the truth is that traditional carrot cakes are often loaded with fat and sugar.  Satisfy your craving for that subtle spiciness with these healthy recipes.

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Carrot Cake Granola // The Simple Kitchen

Made with a combination of oats and oat flour, this granola is high in fiber, but has all the carrots, pecans, cinnamon and raisins to satisfy your carrot cake craving.

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Healthy Meatless Monday Recipes

Did you know that going meatless for just one meal per week can reduce your risk of heart disease and type 2 Diabetes, while also helping to cut your weekly grocery budget and reducing greenhouse gases? Get started with Meatless Monday by trying one of these recipes or add something new to your regular Meatless Monday rotation.

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Vegetarian’s Shephard’s Pie  // The Scrumptious Pumpkin

Though hearty and satisfying, this vegetarian shephard’s pie is lower in calories and saturated fat, while being high in fiber and protein.  We love the addition of black beans for a great vegetarian alternative to meat.

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