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8 Powerhouse Foods you should be eating

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These 8 powerhouse foods are filled with nutrients that are very beneficial for your body. Consider adding these foods to your diet to assist in weight loss and add antioxidants, fiber, and omega 3’s – just to name a few benefits.

1. Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and bok choy. These vegetables all have compound called glucosinolates which have been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers, according to a 2005 article from Pennington Nutrition Series. They have also been shown to reduce oxidative stress in the body.

These vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, C, folic acid, and magnesium. Add cruciferous vegetables to stir-fries, casseroles, soups, and vegetable platters. Take care not to overcook them as they release a sulfurous compound when overcooked.

 

2. Red Beans

Small red beans look like a smaller version of the kidney bean, and it is used commonly in the traditional Latin dish of red beans and rice. This small bean was ranked the highest in antioxidant amount according to a 2004 study by the USDA. Antioxidants may help decrease stress in the body and help prevent many chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer. and Alzheimer’s disease. Incorporate a variety of antioxidant rich foods such as beans, nuts, fruits, and vegetables into your diet for the maximum benefit from these foods.

 

3. Cherries

One major health benefit from cherries is their ability to help reduce inflammation in the body. A 2006 study from The Journal of Nutrition suggests that consuming Bing cherries may reduce certain inflammatory markers in the body. Subjects in this study consumed 280 gm of cherries per day for 28 days and blood samples were compared with subjects who did not eat Bing cherries. Cherries are high in a compound called anthocyanins, which is what gives them their bright red color. Anthocyanins are an antioxidant that has been shown to potentially provide certain health benefits with reducing inflammation and possibly lowering risk of certain diseases. Enjoy cherries fresh, frozen, or dried to add these touted health benefits to your diet.

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4. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have been around since the ancient Mayan and Aztec times. These tiny seeds have gotten a lot of publicity in recent years as being a nutrition power house. They are naturally high in omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and minerals. In fact, chia seeds are among the highest plant sources of omega 3 acids. The fiber in chia seeds is mainly soluble fiber, and when added with a liquid, will expand and absorb the fluid. This may have some benefit for helping you feel fuller longer and reducing hunger. Add 1-2 tbsp. of chia seeds in yogurt, smoothies, water or juice, baked goods, dips, etc.

 

5. Avocado

Avocados are a rich source of monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, potassium and folate. The American Heart Association recommends a diet high in fruits and vegetables and up to 30% calories from mainly unsaturated fat. Choose avocados in place of fats high in saturated fats like butter and cheese. Since avocados are high in fat, they are higher in calories. Eat avocados in moderation; a 2 tbsp serving provides about 50 calories and 3 gm of monounsaturated fat. Add avocados to salads, spreads, dips, toast, egg dishes, etc.

 

6. Pistachios

A 1 oz serving of pistachios (about 49 nuts) provides around 3 gm fiber, 6 gm protein, good source of vitamin B6, thiamin, magnesium, copper, and more – all for less than 200 calories. Pistachios are also provide a high amount of antioxidants, and they may contribute to lowering cholesterol.

 

7. Seaweed

Seaweed is commonly consumed in Japanese traditional culture. Seaweed provides a rich source for iron, folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, and iodine. Seaweed provides a rich source of minerals that can typically be lacking in a standard western diet. Dried seaweed can be sprinkled onto salads, eaten as a snack, or added to dishes such as sushi or miso soup. Seaweed can come in different varieties and colors, dried or wet.

 

8. Pumpkin

Pumpkin gets its rich, orange color from beta carotene. Beta carotene is a precursor to vitamin A, which helps heal the body from infections and enhance eye sight and gene transcription. Pumpkin is full of this antioxidant compound, as well as being low in calories and high in fiber, potassium, and many other nutrients. You can incorporate pumpkin into your diet easily by using canned pumpkin. Make sure it is 100% pure pumpkin and does not have any added fillers. Add pumpkin to oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, baked goods, chili, etc.

 

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What do your Family and Friends mean to you?

1000 877 Clare Evans, Personal and Business Coach

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This is the fifth in a series of articles to help you focus on a different aspect of your life and to inspire and motivate you to make a change in one or more areas.

What do your Family and Friends mean to you?

• How often do you see close family?
• Do you have a circle of good friends?
• How often do you spend time with them?
• Do you have a good relationship with your children?

This week is about focusing on the important people in your lives.

When you’re putting in the hours at work, it’s too easy to ignore or take for granted those closest to you and those that know you best. You snatch a couple of hours in the evening and maybe you manage a bit of time at the weekend. Are you zoning out or trying to relax with a bit of TV, eating meals while you work or check social media or emails? Are you still thinking about work as you read the children a bedtime story, catching up on work when they’re in bed or getting home so late you miss their evening routine?

Maybe friends have moved away and you don’t see members of your family as often. You keep meaning to call and arrange to meet up but ‘you’re too busy this week’, you’ve got a report due next month, you’re busy for the next two weekends … Next week becomes next month and then next year and before you know it years have passed and you’ve lost touch.

You’ll have friends you don’t see often but when you reconnect it’s as if you’ve never been apart.

While social media can help you to stay connected with friends and family you don’t get a chance to see as often, it can also make you more isolated. Even families living together retreat to separate locations to chat to their ‘online’ friends but forget to have real conversations with the people right there in front of them.

Friends come and go during the course of our lives. You may have friends you’ve known since childhood. Friends you’ve met at different stages of your life and then move on to new and different friends.

Action:

What difference could you make to your Family & Friends this week?

• Who in your family haven’t you spoken to in a while?
• Phone a friend you’ve been meaning to talk to for a while.
• Write a letter or send an email to a friend or family.

Spend time this week with the important people in your life. Not just time you would normally spend together but plan something different.

Re-evaluate your relationships with your friends. Do you have friends who always seem to want something from you? Do some of your friends drag you down more than they lift you up.

Only have people around you who respect and support you, who you enjoy being with and make the time and effort to see or talk to them regularly.

Enjoy the time spent with your family and friends this week.