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How to Get Kids to Eat More Vegetables

We had it easy with our firstborn - he was eating handfuls of lightly braised Shanghai bok choy before he turned 2. So it furrowed our brows some to discover that vegetables were not our second son's thing. We started blending our green food powder in with his smoothies from the time he could sip from a straw, but we were still eager to see him eating substantial portions of freshly cooked green vegetables.

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How To Make Sweet Potato Hummus

If you have a thing for hummus and don't mind a little variety from time to time, you'll want to give this sweet potato-based hummus a try.

All varieties of sweet potatoes are abundant in vitamin C, carotenoids, and vitamin B-6 (helpful for keeping homocysteine at a healthy level), and even minerals like iron manganese, and potassium. Read more about How To Make Sweet Potato Hummus

 

Fennel for Cancer Prevention

Though not as popular as various squashes and hardy greens that take center stage come autumn, fennel stands toe to toe with most other plant foods in nutritional value.

It's a solid source of natural vitamin C, folate, healthy fiber, and potassium. It also provides some calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus for bone-building. Read more about Fennel for Cancer Prevention

 

How to Make Korean-Style Steamed Eggs

My mom recently told me that this is the only Korean recipe that my older sister has ever asked her for. Quite understandable, as you won't find a lighter or fluffier egg dish anywhere.

Korean steamed eggs are similar to quiche, but without a crust, and did I mention that these eggs are amazingly light and fluffy? Read more about How to Make Korean-Style Steamed Eggs

 

Healthy Replenishment Meal

Here's a favourite autumn dish that packs plenty of quality protein and healthy carbohydrates for days when you're craving a warm and replenishing meal. It's equally good for preparing your body for vigorous activity the next day, or to help replace glycogen and electrolyte stores after a physically demanding day.

Sweet potatoes are rich in a number of micronutrients, the most prominent of which are vitamin C and beta-carotene; both are powerful antioxidants that can decrease your risk of developing diabetes and colon cancer. Read more about Healthy Replenishment Meal

 

Lime-Marinated Navy Bean Salad Recipe

Lime-Marinated Navy Bean Salad

Makes about 4 large servings

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups cooked can white beans, drained and rinsed
1 large ripe tomato, chopped
Handful of chopped green onions
2 teaspoons minced parsley
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt, to taste
Fresh figs (optional)
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Five Reasons To Eat Navy Beans

If you're keen on limiting dairy and gluten intake, another excellent choice is the nutrient-dense navy bean. On their own, navy beans don't pack much flavour, but if you combine them with a few choice companions, you'll likely be pleasantly surprised to welcome them into your weekly menu plan. Read more about Five Reasons To Eat Navy Beans

 

Quinoa-Stuffed Avocados Recipe

Though technically a seed, you prepare quinoa as you would any whole grain - two cups of water for every cup of quinoa, bring to a boil, then cover and simmer until done, usually about 10 to 15 minutes for a cup of quiona that will make about 3 to 4 decent servings. Read more about Quinoa-Stuffed Avocados Recipe

 

Why Red Beets Should Be A Part Of Your Life

I'm constantly on the lookout for recipes that call for red beets; per ounce, few foods that I'm aware of are as dense in a variety of nutrients that can help prevent heart disease and certain types of cancer, especially colon cancer. Red beets are particularly rich in B vitamins, including folate, which makes them useful for lowering blood homocysteine and preventing birth defects. Read more about Why Red Beets Should Be A Part Of Your Life

 

Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Avocado Sandwich

If you're staying away from gluten, dairy, and flesh meats but find yourself craving a filling sandwich, this one's well worth the effort of putting together for yourself and loved ones.

Portobello mushrooms are rich in niacin (vitamin B3), potassium, and selenium, while avocado delivers plenty of lutein and natural vitamin E for healthy eyes and cardiovascular support.

You'll need some gluten-free bread, which is becoming more readily available in regular grocery stores. But keep in mind that most varieties are made with rice and/or tapioca flour, and too much of either can be constipating for some. Read more about Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Avocado Sandwich

 

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