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It’s Hump Day! Almost to the end of the week. Why not celebrate by trying out today’s superfood of the week

Beets

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Now I will be the first to admit, I am not the biggest fan of this dark red vegetable but that doesn’t mean it isn’t packed full of nutrients that our body needs. That dark red-purple color is nature’s way of letting the world know this vegetable is packed with antioxidants. Beets are also excellent sources of fiber, folate, magnesium, and calcium.

Like my mom always said, “if you don’t like it, fry it!” So if you’re like me and need to convince yourself to try it out, try turning this vegetable into a beet chip. Still getting those nutrients with a GREAT taste. Check out the recipe below!

Baked Beet Chips with Salt & Pepper

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INGREDIENTS

    • 2 pounds large beets, peeled
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • Sea salt
    • Freshly cracked black pepper

PREPARATION

    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. Using a mandoline, thinly slice beets to a thickness of 1/16″. In a large bowl, toss beet slices with oil to coat evenly.
    3. On prepared baking sheets, in a single layer, arrange as many slices as will fit without crowding. Bake until crisp, 25-30 minutes, rotating pans once halfway through baking. Cool chips and blot with paper towels to remove any excess oil. Repeat, using a cool prepared baking sheet for each batch, until all beet slices are baked.
    4. Toss chips with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste.
 Enjoy!
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Salmon

Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which the body cannot produce by itself. These fatty acids reduce inflammation, improve circulation, increase the ratio of good to bad cholesterol, and may slash cancer risk. Salmon is a rich source of selenium, which helps prevent cell damage, and several B vitamins.

Your Realtor and Friend For Life!

~Kathy De La Cruz

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Brussel Sprouts

They have more glucosinolates (compounds that combat cancer and detoxify our bodies) than any other vegetable. For a side dish that will make you wonder why you've been avoiding them, slice each one into quarters, then sauté in olive oil with chopped sweet Vidalia onions.
Try this Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Pecorino Cheese and Almonds.

They have more glucosinolates (compounds that combat cancer and detoxify our bodies) than any other vegetable. For a side dish that will may you wonder why you’ve been avoiding them all this time, slice them into quarters and saute them in olive oil and onions. Delicious!

 

Happy Eating!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

 

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Quinoa

This teeny-tiny, grain-like seed packs some serious nutritional prowess. With a mild, nutty flavor and a texture similar to rice or couscous, quinoa is one of the only grains or seeds that provides all nine essential amino acids our bodies can’t produce themselves . And it’s filled with protein— eight grams per one-cup serving, to be exact!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

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Move over blueberries and salmon, give yourself a health boost with these lesser-known powerhouse foods.

Blueberries, kale, salmon—you’ve heard countless times about the nutritional benefits of these everyday ingredients, commonly labeled “superfoods.” There’s no official scientific definition of a superfood, but it’s generally accepted that superfoods contain high levels of much-needed vitamins and minerals. They can also be a source of antioxidants, substances that shield our bodies from cell damage and help prevent disease. While there are a number of common foods that provide these nutrients, there is also an array of more exotic and less mainstream superfoods that are worth getting to know.

Cocoa Powder

Like chocolate, cacao powder contains flavonoids, which are known to help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain and heart. With fewer than 15 calories per tablespoon and containing almost no fat, cacao provides a strong chocolate flavor without the guilt.

Chia Seeds

Native to Mexico, these nutrient-rich seeds, known for sprouting green “fur” on kitschy pottery pets, have become all the rage among superfood seekers. And it’s no surprise—chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and calcium.

Black Garlic

In addition to the sulfuric compounds that provide garlic with its heart-healthy and anticancer benefits, the fermented cloves are a source of important probiotics.

Acai

The fruit contains very high levels of antioxidants in the form of anthocyanins, which help fight cancer and heart disease. It’s also one of the few fruits with oleic acid—the same heart-healthy fat in olive oil.

Seaweed

sea-grown vegetables are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which may prevent sudden heart attack and stroke. Seaweed is also full of important minerals, such as bone-friendly calcium and magnesium, as well as iron, potassium, iodine, and zinc.

Green Tea

3 Reasons Why Green Tea is a Superfood

Okay…technically green tea isn’t a food, but when we consider its fabulous contributions to your health, we couldn’t deny it a spot on our superfood list. Eastern cultures have recognized the health benefits of green tea for centuries. Not only is it calorie-free, but green tea is also an outstanding source of antioxidants and has been shown to help prevent and fight cancer

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