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Two Foods for a Strong Immune System and Optimal Vision

When eaten together, carrots and avocado provide a combination of nutrients that can strengthen your immune system and support your vision.

The carotenoids in carrots and healthy fat in avocado can contribute to healthy vitamin A status, and vitamin A serves your immune system in the following ways:

  1. Vitamin A and its metabolites help to maintain the structure and function of your skin and the mucosal cells that line your respiratory tract, digestive tract, and urinary tract; your skin and mucosal linings are barriers that act as your body's first line of defense against harmful microbes and substances.

  2. Vitamin A plays an important role in the development and differentiation of your white blood cells, which play essential roles in your immune system.

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Homestyle Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

Earlier this month, I shared a Sweet Potato and Pecan Salad with Lime Recipe on this blog that generated several enthusiastic reviews. One appreciative reader even left a phone message of thanks for that recipe! Among the reviews were several requests for more recipes that call for sweet potatoes.

I hope that this recipe for homestyle sweet potato soup is appreciated as much as the last sweet potato recipe was. It's one of the first healthy recipes that I shared on this site, and it remains one of our family's favorite healthy soups. Read more about Homestyle Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

 

Health Benefits of Mushrooms & Healthy Mushroom Recipes

In Japan, expensive varieties of mushroom like maitake and matsutake have long been thought to contain more health-promoting nutrients than the humble white mushroom. A new study, conducted by a government research institution in France, indicates that the white button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) has at least as much antioxidant power as more expensive varieties like maitake and matsutake.

White button mushrooms are the youngest form of Agaricus bisporus. If left to grow, white button mushrooms turn into Crimini mushrooms. When Crimini mushrooms are left to grow another 2-3 days, they turn into Portobello mushrooms. Read more about Health Benefits of Mushrooms & Healthy Mushroom Recipes

 

Easy and Healthy Guacamole Dip Recipes

If I could choose only one fruit to eat for the rest of my life, avocados would receive serious consideration. Not only are avocados creamy and delicious, they are abundant in healthy raw fat, fiber, vitamin K, folate, vitamin B6, and vitamin C.

If eating avocados straight up isn't your thing, give one of the following easy guacamole dip recipes a try. It's near impossible to mess up a guacamole recipe, and freshly made guacamole is far healthier than commercially prepared varieties, which sometimes don't even contain real avocados. Read more about Easy and Healthy Guacamole Dip Recipes

 

Best Hummus Recipes

Chickpeas are one of the least expensive, nutrient-rich foods that you can eat. Chickpeas are rich in a number of nutrients, most notably folate (folic acid), manganese, tryptophan, copper, iron, and of course, healthy protein.

Due to their high folate and tryptophan content, chickpeas are an excellent food choice for women of child-bearing age and people who have trouble getting restful sleep.

Enjoy the many health benefits of chickpeas through our two favorite hummus recipes, found below. Read more about Best Hummus Recipes

 

Traditional Korean Miso Soup Recipe

Naturally produced miso, also known as fermented soy bean paste, is an excellent source of healthy protein and friendly bacteria.

You can find Korean miso - called den jang - at your local Korean grocery store. If you don't have a Korean market in your area, you can use a Japanese version of miso, found at any Asian food market or your local health food store. Read more about Traditional Korean Miso Soup Recipe

 

Smoothie Recipe for Healthy Bones and Teeth

If you want to build and maintain healthy bones and teeth, you have to supply your body with a variety of nutrients. The vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients that you need most to promote healthy teeth and bones are:

Vitamin D - Needed to help you absorb calcium from the foods that you eat. Read more about Smoothie Recipe for Healthy Bones and Teeth

 

Red Beet Salad Recipe to Promote Longevity

I'm constantly on the lookout for recipes that call for raw red beets, as these root vegetables contain a variety of nutrients that can help prevent heart disease and certain types of cancer, especially colon cancer. Red beets are also rich in B vitamins, including folate, which makes them useful for preventing birth defects. Read more about Red Beet Salad Recipe to Promote Longevity

 

Dairy-Free Ravioli with "Goat Cheese" Recipe

One of the most antioxidant-rich and healthy vegetables that you can eat is raw red beet. This all-raw and vegan ravioli with "goat cheese" dish is a great way to enjoy the taste and health benefits of raw red beet. Goat cheese enthusiasts are likely to be surprised at how closely this vegan substitute - made with raw pine nuts - resembles the real thing. Read more about Dairy-Free Ravioli with "Goat Cheese" Recipe

 

Healthy Pecan Pie Recipe

If pecan pie is on your mind, you and your guests will love this raw and healthy version. Read more about Healthy Pecan Pie Recipe

 

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