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Eat red, white & blue for a healthier you!
Our team wishes you a WONDERFUL INDEPENDENCE DAY! We are grateful for the freedom and and inherent opportunity our nation is built upon. We thought we would be festive and share some healthy foods to add some color to your festivities!
Learn about the healthiest red, white and blue foods that are sure to nourish your body and your brain over the holiday weekend!
Are you getting ready for the Fourth of July weekend?! From fireworks and barbecue pits, to time spent gathered with family and friends, what better way to enjoy your holiday weekend than by enjoying foods that are not only healthy, but patriotic, too?
Here's a look at the top red, white and blue foods that are sure to nourish your body, beauty and your brain over the well deserved long - holiday weekend:
Tomatoes, eaten raw or cooked, provide a high content of lycopene, a bright red pigment that has been found to have incredible antioxidant effects. A diet high in lycopene may help improve eye, bone and cardiovascular health. These bright red fruits are also high in vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant that boosts the immune system, improves heart health and can even increase skin collagen, helping to reduce the risk of acne and fine lines.
Cauliflower, a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, contains an impressive amount of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals. Cauliflower contains a sulfur compound that has been shown to kill cancer cells called sulforaphane, thereby slowing tumor growth. This white bundle of nutrients helps
to improve cardiovascular health, may reduce inflammation throughout the body and even supports the body's natural detoxification system. While cauliflower contains the most nutrients when eaten raw, it can also be steamed and served with your favorite lean protein or turned into our famous Garlic Cauliflower Mash!
Containing vitamin C, B-Complex, vitamin A and vitamin E, blueberries carry the highest
antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit, which helps to neutralize the body of free radical damage. In saying this, keep in mind that blueberries are at the top of the list when it comes to being soaked in pesticides so this is one fruit you always want to buy organic. Blueberries are beneficial for ocular health, weight loss, brain health and may also help fight off cancer cells. The are great eaten alone, sprinkled on top of a salad or made in a Independence Day Smoothie!
How will you incorporate these red, white and blue health foods into your holiday weekend menu?