Why You Need to Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables

A recent report put out by the Center for Disease Control confirms some not so surprising news. Americans are not consuming enough fruits and vegetables. In fact, only 13.1% of American adults eat enough fruits, and only 8.9% consume enough vegetables to meet daily requirements for optimal health.

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But why does that even matter? For one thing, eating more fruits and vegetables increases your overall intake of essential nutrients— nutrients linked to reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and even some forms of cancer! Do I have your attention yet?Continue Reading

8 Health Benefits of Avocado

Avocados have become one of America’s favorite fruits, and for good reason. Whether mashed up in guacamole, added into a smoothie, or on a piece of toast with a little salt and pepper, its a delicious fruit with benefits in every bite. Here are 8 reasons to incorporate this super food into your daily diet.

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10 Smoothie Recipes for More Energy Every Morning

Most of us who need an extra jolt of energy in the morning, stumble into the kitchen and head straight for the coffee pot. While a great cup of coffee is always a treat, most of us need something more nourishing to start our days.

Smoothies are a quick, easy way to get vital nutrients into your diet, and with breakfast being the most important meal of the day, I thought I’d offer some of my personal favorite recipes that help me have more energy every morning!

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  • Green Power Smoothie
    • This smoothie recipe is brought to you from Terri, a vegetarian cafe in New York City. Full of banana, pear, kale, almond butter, and soy milk, this drink is full of vital nutrients and protein– it also just so happens to be the number 1 selling item on their entire menu. This delicious drink will keep help you start your day with amazing energy, leave you feeling fuller for longer, and is even a great way to sneak in fruits and veggies for picky eaters.

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  • Chocolate, Chia, and Banana Smoothie
    • This smoothie has some amazing nutrients with properties that are rich in omega-3s, protein, fiber, essential amino acids, antioxidants, Vitamin C, and stimulants that will keep you fueled for your day! When all these powerhouses are combined, you’re left with a smoothie that tastes like a chocolate milkshake, without the guilt inducing calories and sugar crash.

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  • Green Tea Smoothie
    • If you’re looking for a lighter smoothie that is super refreshing, this is the one for you! With green tea, honeydew, banana, almond milk, and honey, this will leave you feeling energized, refreshed, and ready to start your day.

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  • Creamsicle Breakfast Smoothie
    • Who doesn’t want to start their day with a delicious and nutritious drink that tastes like everyone’s favorite popsicle? This tasty treat is the perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein, and electrolytes, making it the perfect breakfast to start your day. It will be difficult to only drink one.

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  • Strawberry Spinach Smoothie
    • Spinach is a great addition to any smoothie. Not only does it change the color to a fun green tint, it also adds in veggies and iron! This smoothie contains plenty of vitamin C, helping you start you day with energy while simultaneously boosting your immune system- a win win situation.

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  • Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
    • High in fiber, low in fat, full of protein, and absolutely delicious, this smoothie makes the perfect meal to start your day. Everyone loves a great peanut butter and banana sandwich, and this smoothie is a drinkable version of just that. With yogurt, milk, banana, peanut butter, oats, and honey, this will leave you feeling full and able to face the day ahead.

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  • Rise and Shine Coffee Smoothie
    • For those of you that love starting the day with a cup of joe, here’s a smoothie recipe that lets you do that, while also being packed full of nutrients. This blend of coffee, banana, coconut milk, and coconut flakes is absolutely delicious. For added protein, toss in a scoop of your favorite protein powder or some greek yogurt!

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  • Super Energy Smoothie
    • Loaded with healthy fruits and vegetables and packed with electrolytes, this smoothie is light, refreshing, and incredibly energizing. Even kids will love to sip this smoothie. The best part about this recipe is that it makes a big batch, so make several to freeze for later on in the week, or feed the whole family a nutritious breakfast in one easy step!

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  • Raspberry Avocado Smoothie
    • While avocado might sound strange in a smoothie, trust me, they are the perfect addition. The creaminess of the avocado enhances the smoothie while loading it with good fats. This combination of raspberries, orange juice, raspberry juice, and avocado will give you the boost you need to feel energized, while pumping your body full of great nutrients to keep you stronger, longer.

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  • Breakfast Energy Smoothie
    • This simple recipe includes fruits known to boost energy, strengthen the immune system, and taste delicious. For some added nutrients, throw in a handful of spinach. The vanilla extract gives it the perfect note of sweetness, while keeping it light and healthy.

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Sip, enjoy, and have a blessed day!

When the Grid Goes Dark: A Family Disaster Plan

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When it all goes down, you want to make sure that you and your family don’t go down with it. Chances are, when the grid goes dark, zombies won’t come looking for you in search of food, nor will your neighbors turn on you in an instant.

With recent commentary about Russia’s capabilities and other US threats, including our economy, it’s important to have a plan.

You could be without power for several days, if not weeks, and as such, you need to be prepared.Continue Reading