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Super Foods for a Super New Year

Jessica Jarrett

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Jan 3rd, 2017

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Happy 2017! In honor of the New Year, we are bringing you the top super foods that will strengthen your immune system, boost your brain function, reduce risk of disease and maintain your diet goals, all year long!

Dark Green Veggies

If you aren’t already getting a serving of dark green veggies every day, make this your New Year’s resolution! According to a Harvard School of Public Health study, eating leafy green vegetables showed the strongest association with reduced risk of major chronic disease and cardiovascular disease.  This isn’t surprising considering green leafy veggies provide key nutrients, including vitamins C, E and A, and minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium. Packed with baby spinach, this Quick Spinach Italiano is the perfect green recipe for the New Year!

Spinach Italiano

Orange Fruits & Veggies

Nutrient-rich orange fruits and vegetables, like citrus, carrots and squash, are notoriously high in antioxidants and vitamin A and C, making your risk of coronary heart disease lower! In fact, it’s those nutrients that give them their orange/yellow color! Give this Sunrise Juice Blend a try for a healthy New Year pick-me-up!

Sunrise Juice

Berries

To strengthen your immune system and avoid illnesses in 2017, opt for berries and other red, blue or purple fruits or vegetables. With plant compounds that give them their vibrant colors, berries also possess antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and immune-enhancing properties that help to fight off sicknesses and help to strengthen brain function, all while reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart attacks. Even better, they work fast, showing results in just 6 hours! This Mixed Berry Fro Yo recipe contains 2 cups of mixed berries and is the perfect healthy dessert for the New Year!

Fro Yo

Cabbage Family Veggies

Cabbage family veggies include cabbage (obviously), broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, bok choy, watercress, rutabaga, etc, each with their own anti-cancer potential! Studies have shown that the plant compounds found in these veggies may help to prevent cancer by killing cancer cells and slowing the growth of cancerous tumors. Plus, cabbage family veggies tend to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This Kale Crostini recipe calls for 6 cups of kale so you can improve your health this New Year, one tasty appetizer at a time!

Kale Crustini

Green & White Tea

This New Year, opt for Green or White Tea instead of coffee! Both types of tea possess potent plant compounds with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory action, plus a healthy dose of catechin, thought to block cell damage that could lead to cancer. Trying to avoid caffeine in the New Year? Look for decaf options and still get the benefits!

For more SUPER New Year motivation, check out our Pinterest page!

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