Nutritional deficiencies, free radicals and viral pathogens are the cause of disease. Their #1 prohibitor is anti-oxidants found in super foods.
Nuts help control weight and protect from certain cancers. They are a wonderful plant-based protein, high in fiber and a good source of mono-unsaturated fats that protect the heart.
Now is a good time to buy nuts in the shell and shell your own or freshly shelled. They will store indefinitely in the freezer.
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Brussels sprouts have beta carotene and flavonoids that are especially protective against cancer, actually interacting with DNA to prevent specific cancers. Also a good source of Thiamin, Riboflavin, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary fiber, Vitamins A, C, and K, Folate, Potassium and Manganese.
A light steam with a little spray of coconut oil and salt and pepper – Delicious!
You can dehydrate these too. Cut them in half and soak in ice water for from 4 hours to overnight. Dry and sort on dehydrator trays. Sprinkle with salt and dry for about 12 hours or to doneness. You can coat them with different spices too like the kale chips.
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Pomegranates are rich in Vitamin C and fiber. They contain antioxidant, anti-inflammatory anthocyanins that benefit blood vessels, the nervous system and the eyes, and have been found to inhibit the growth of tumor cells.
This fruit makes a wonderful juice. Cut the fruit in half and push out from the bottom into a bowl of water. Loosening the seeds under water helps keep the juice from splashing. It still splashes a little so be careful. The outer peeling will float to the top, so take out as much as you can, drain the seeds and you are left with a bowl of pomegranate seeds. At this point you can eat them or put them through a juicer. It is quite delicious!
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Pumpkins are a great source of the alpha and beta carotenes that convert to immune-boosting, vision enhancing Vitamin A. In addition, pumpkins contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two nutrients that promote good eye health, along with B-complex vitamins and the minerals copper, manganese and potassium.
Pumpkins will keep for about 3 months. I like the Sugar Pie Pumpkins. I just cut them in half top to bottom, scoop out the seeds, place cut side down on a baking sheet and bake @ 350 for about 45 minutes to an hour. Take out and let cool. When cool, scoop out the flesh into a food possessor and process till you get a nice smooth consistency.
When I have this in my fridge, I put 2 Tablespoons into my Vanilla Protein drink along with 1/2 cup almond milk w 1/2 cup water, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a dropper of French vanilla stevia. Pumpkin-Vanilla Protein Drink – it’s really good.
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Sweet Potatoes are loaded with Vitamin A in the form of beta carotene and also Vitamin C and high fiber. They also contain good amounts of iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium that are essential for body metabolism. The top greens of sweet potatoes are also edible!
Simply baked or steamed in its own jacket is the best way to fix sweet potatoes. When done just cut open and serve. Try with a spray of coconut oil and a little salt and pepper and oh so delicious! Serve with a nice green salad for a meal. You can also mash it and use it as you would the pumpkin puree in smoothies and protein drinks.
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Grapefruits, lemons, oranges, tangerines etc., etc., etc. Citrus is all grown on ever-green trees and have long been valued for their wholesome antioxidant properties.
Using a mandolin, cut thin slices and dry them in a dehydrator for a great snack treat. Also good crumbled on a salad to give that little citrus bite.
Grapefruits are said to be as the fruit of 'paradise' for its unique health-promoting as well as disease-healing properties. To get all the beneficial properties of detoxification you have to eat the white part along with the juice for its pectin.
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Lemons are the smallest of the citrus fruits but they contain more nutrients. Showing one again that good things come in small packages! You can put lemon juice on just about everything and it will taste good.
Lemon and Honey make a great combination in a hot drink together. Good to sooth the throat.
Lemon slices are also good sliced thin and dehydrated.
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Oranges are low in calories but rich in fiber and pectin. Pectin works like clay in that toxic substances bind to it and are eliminated by way of it. Therefore, it is best to peel it and eat it instead of just the juice to get the benefits of fiber.
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Cranberries are high in Vitamin C and also contains high levels of health-promoting carotenoids and a variety of phytonutrients. These berries are packed with compounds that offer protection from tooth cavities, urinary tract infection, and inflammatory diseases. They too are grown on evergreen bushes.
Keeping a bag or two in the freezer is a good idea. Just throw a handful into your juice mix or smoothie. You’ll never notice how tart they are. You can also juice a cup or two for a small taste but you might want to mix in a little coconut water toe sweeten it up a bit. it is pretty tart.
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Besides the things I’ve mentioned there are others that deserve attention.
Cinnamon and Nutmeg
Greens including kale, collards, Swiss chard, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, etc.
Fruits including apples, pears, dates, persimmons