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on September 13, 2014

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More on WONDERFOODS for optimum health and vitality whether you’re looking to “heal”, boost immunity or lose weight and enhance fitness.

BLUEBERRY:#1 fruit for helping protect cells from free radical damage and aging. Contains great antioxidants (boosts immunity). Prevents the growth of unfriendly bacteria to keep the gut clean and healthy. Best when picked fresh (May-Oct) but don’t wash them until you’re ready to use (moisture will cause to spoil more quickly). Luckily they freeze well!

BROCCOLI: This vegetable packs a more powerful punch than any other. It’s a great everyday veggie, has extraordinary nutrition and super versatile. high in Vitamins A, C, K and fiber. Choose wisely, yellowing is a sign it’s past it’s prime, the stem should look moist not dried/cracked! Store loosely wrapped in crisper.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS: You know, those cute lil’ cabbage heads? When I was little I used to beg my mama to buy those things (but OF COURSE I never ate them!) Lots of goodies in this timy package! Defender of immune system and high levels of antioxidants. Crammed w/ phytonutrients that trigger release of detoxifying and anti-carcinogenic enzymes. Source of Vitamin B5, C, folic acid, keeps digestive system working efficiently and cholesterol low. If you think you don’t like brussels sprouts it’s probably that they were just overcooked, these are actually a slightly sweet w/ nutty flavor veggie (try baking w/ drizzle of honey/mustard). Prime season is late fall to early winter, they should not have loose, yellowing leaves. Refrigerate unwashed in airtight plastic bag and use asap.

CARROTS: I used to try to MAKE myself like these. I dated a guy that would sit in floor w/ plate of them dipped in ranch and they sounded to good and crunchy. Every night for a week I did the same things….gagged w/ every bite HaHa. Carrots are a root vegetable versatile enough to use in both sweet and savory dishes (my daughter will ONLY eat them “sweet”, sauteed w/ coconut oil and sprinkle of SF brown sugar). They provide valuable benefits through beta-carotene and insoluble fiber. Protects eyesights, keeps skin healthy and shields body from infection. Available year round, look for firm, bright orange w/ smooth skin. Medium carrots are tender while thicker may be larger fibrous cores making them tough. Avoid those that are limp or black near the top (they are NOT fresh). Store in a plastic bag in crisper for up to two weeks.

CASHEWS: Mmmmm, these were always a favorite growing up but we didn’t get them often because they cost too much. When we did get them mama would hide ’em and doll ’em out lil’ at a time! Cashews are a great source of protein thats full of healthy unsaturated fats, vitamins and minerals making them an ideal snack! Easily made into a nut butter spread or nut milk as a “heavy cream” replacement.

…haha I’ve just come to the realization that this list I have going could take a REALLLLY long time! (PLUS THE FACT THAT I’VE LOST MY POST 3 TIMES because I’m not smart enough to save a draft lol AND trying to keep it in alphabetical order :/ what was I thinking?) IF there’s a food item you have interest in knowing more about, it would be less time consuming for me to focus on those rather than this list that could just go on and on and on….

I ain’t gonna lie, I could do this all day but we have a cleanse coming and I need to focus on finishing up our meal plans 🙂 (I’m half way thru day 5 whoop whoop You may wonder what’s the big deal but with all our “family restrictions” it’s a lot tougher than you might think!)

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