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Diet and nutrition: super seeds

Crunchy, nutty and nutrition-packed seeds are a great addition to many recipes! Research indicates that seeds have numerous health benefits. You can roast them or buy them pre-roasted. Try flaxseeds, chia seeds and more to enhance your healthy meals.

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Diet and nutrition: spices for cancer prevention

Research shows that phytochemicals found in the spices turmeric, ginger, allspice, garlic and cinnamon might play a role in cancer prevention. Use these spices when cooking to enhance your healthy meals. Keep in mind that spices can transform an entire dish with the power of a pinch or a teaspoon. 

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Recipe corner: green spring bowl and green energy smoothie

The change of seasons from winter to spring means a change in fresh produce. Get ready for some delicious greens! During spring, you can enjoy spinach, kale, collards, lettuce, mustard greens, arugula, chard or asparagus.

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Diet and nutrition: immunity

There is no shortage of claims that certain foods or supplements can boost our immune systems, which makes it very difficult to decipher the truth. It is important to understand that no foods or nutrients have been found to effect the immune system as a whole. Current research indicates that deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals may increase the risk for infections, although supplementation beyond the body's need has not been shown to improve immune function.


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Recipe corner: spicy sweet potato hummus and spinach artichoke lasagna

A balanced diet should include a variety of colorful plant-based foods. This delicious hummus recipe features wholesome ingredients such as sweet potatoes, which are rich in vitamins C and B6, and chickpeas, a rich source of of protein. The lasagna recipe is full of spinach, a superfood loaded with tons of nutrients, and artichokes, which are packed with antioxidants.

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