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Drinking Fresh: The Real Nutritional Value and Health Benefits of Juicing

Vegetables and fruit are undoubtedly an important part of a healthy, balanced diet, as they are naturally potent sources of disease-fighting vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. While a daily intake of at least five or more servings is ideal…

Juicing Vs Blending: Which is Really Better for You?

I've been a huge fan of juicing since Jay Kordich pitched the "Juiceman" juicer in the early '90s. So much so, that I once partook in a 21-day juice fast, which ultimately led to my converting to veganism. Although I've since introduced seafood,…

The Amazing Health Benefits of Eating Watermelon

Growing up in the Englewood community of Chicago, I spent a lot of time at my grandma's house. Grandma's garden was one of the biggest and best in Englewood, stocked full of collards, pole beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and even sunflowers. Every…

Forget the Sugar, Eating Carrots is Good for You

Often referred to as the "King of Vegetables", carrots are among the world's most popular health foods. And, believe it or not, carrot juice is as beneficial as the carrots themselves. But, interestingly, carrots are frequently shunned for being…

Garlic: Mother Nature's Underground Pharmacy

For centuries, garlic has been used worldwide as a natural treatment for a range of chronic diseases and illnesses, as it has potent anti-bacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects. In fact, due to its powerful healing properties,…

Go Red: 5 Ways to Eat Your Way to Better Heart Health

February officially marks American Heart Month and red is the symbol of awareness. Heart disease and related complications (heart attacks and strokes) are leading causes of death worldwide killing about 600,000 people annually in the United…

Key Factors to Consider Before Buying Organic Produce

I’m often asked if buying organic food is worthwhile, particularly organic fruits and vegetables. My usual answer is "it depends", which is generally not the answer people are looking for. But here’s my rationale: If your goal is to protect…

Wheatgrass Juice: An All-Natural Blood Tonic that Boosts Immunity

If you’ve visited your local health food store lately, you’ve probably seen fresh wheatgrass juice being sold at the juice bar. Wheatgrass juice is prepared by extracting juice from the mature sprouts of wheat seeds by way of a cold press…

The Best Time to Eat Fruit

I’m a diehard salad connoisseur known for my flamboyant blends of veggies, fruit, and seafood. Interestingly, whenever I post a salad recipe or pic, someone almost always questions my choice of including fruit. Now, everyone knows that eating…

Surprising Health Benefits of Watermelon Seeds

Growing up in a family of five whose income was well below the poverty line, wasting food was never an option. From stews to soups during weekdays, to at-home smorgasbords on weekends, my parents made sure each and every morsel of food purchased…

The Unique Nutritional Benefits of Eating Green Bananas

Bananas are by far among the world’s most popular fruit. But, most people only eat bananas when they ripen from green to yellow since they tend to become softer and considerably sweeter in taste. This is unfortunate as bananas have a unique…

Cruciferous Vegetables: Nature’s Secret Weapons to Fighting Cancer

People often ask me, "What foods prevent cancer?" This is always a difficult question for me to answer. Aside from the fact that I’m not an oncologist, on both professional and personal levels, I’ve encountered so many health-conscious…

Turkey and Mushroom Stuffed Peppers with Goat Cheese

Bell peppers are extremely high on the list of nutrient-dense foods, as they supply an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting antioxidants that promote overall good health. In addition to their nutritional qualities, bell peppers…
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Citrus Honey Glazed Golden Beets

Beetroot (beet) is a beneficial source of countless essential nutrients. It’s also an incredibly rich source of important antioxidants like betaine and beta-carotene, which have been shown to enhance liver health and protect against heart…

Eight Super-Simple Ways to Get More Veggies Into Your Diet

Like many folks, I used to hate vegetables and then, oddly enough, I became a vegan. Now, that was well over a decade ago. While I'm no longer a vegan, my past adoption of this lifestyle truly changed the ways in which I approached and embraced…
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Rubbed Kale with Butternut Squash

Like most leafy green vegetables, kale is very low in calories, packed full of fiber, and high in key vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. I personally prefer the taste of raw kale in smoothies and salads but I generally combine it with sweeter ingredients…

5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Mushrooms

I regularly include mushrooms in food preparations and they're actually quite high on the list of nutrient-dense foods. Nutrient-dense foods are essentially those rich in health-promoting macronutrients and micronutrients but relatively low…

A Lettuce-Less Salad

Salads are a great way to get more vegetables and fruits into your diet. But, you don't have to settle for bland, boring, flavorless blends. Here's a quick and easy recipe that's bursting with flavor and nutrition. Makes the perfect quick…