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"Health benefits of Green Foods" and images of spinach, cabbage, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts and broccoli

Eat green foods for better health

Function of Phytonutrients in Plants Colored pigments in plants are produced to protect them from pathogens, predators, and climate conditions. They attract pollinators Contribute to the plants’ sensory characteristics, color, and nutritional value. The chlorophyll (green...
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Health benefits of anthoxanthin-rich foods with images of potatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, mushrooms and banana

Eat white fruits and vegetables for better health

In my opinion, white vegetables don’t get enough time in the spotlight. Unlike the red, orange, and green groups, their white counterparts are often overlooked for not being as “healthful”. Hopefully, this post will change some minds and be a reminder that ALL fruit and vegetable color subgroups...
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health benefits of carotenoid rich foods with images of an orange, cantaloupe, sweet potato, eggs, corn and banana.

Eat carotenoid-rich foods for better health

Where Carotenoids are Found Naturally occurring plant pigments. More than 650 types exist in nature. These pigments are found in nearly all fruits and green leafy vegetables. The common carotenoids found in human’s due to consumption include, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-...
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Eat red, blue, and purple foods for better health

Eat Red, Blue, and Purple Foods for Better Health The function of Anthocyanins in Plants Colored pigments in plants are produced to protect them from pathogens, predators, and climate conditions. They attract pollinators and act as antifeedants (adversely...
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5 ways to bring more joy to your life

When you’re feeling down in the dumps, what do you do? You have two options: keep doing what you’re doing or try one of these happy hacks to bring a smile back to your face and ultimately boost your mood. Here are five simple ways to bring more joy to your life right now.  ...
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Creating a healthful home

I view my home as a sanctuary, a place that I can unwind and practice self-care. Over the past year, it has also become a second office and gym. If you have kids, your home was likely serving as a classroom as well. Some of our homes are on triple duty, and that sense of sanctuary may have been...
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Summer grilling success

A food thermometer is the best way to tell what internal temperature a food has reached. Different foods have different internal temperatures, so be aware. 145°F Beef, pork, lamb, veal (with a 3-minute rest) and fish 160°F Hamburgers and other ground meat 165°F Poultry and...
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Just peachy!

June is here! This is perhaps my favorite time of the growing season because peaches will be popping up soon at my local farmers’ market. They will be in full swing come July and August. Peaches are a special treat and have always been one of my favorite fruits. I just love everything peach from...
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Adopt a brain-healthy lifestyle, its a no-brainer!

Today we’ll be talking about brain health in honor of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month so if you have a brain, this information is for you! Your brain is the most complex organ you have and it’s always changing. This process is called brain plasticity. The brain is able to grow new...
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healthy shift ideas like using olive oil instead of butter, eating quinoa instead of white rice and choosing sugar-free beverages over soda and juice.

Shift your habits for better nutrition

Happy National Nutrition Month®! This is a great time of year to reevaluate your eating pattern to determine if it’s working for you. Are you getting the healthful foods you need to live your best life? An eating pattern represents all of the food and drink choices you make from...
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