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13 Reason you should eat spinach



By Alijuina Herw

Posted Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 05:55pm EST

Popeye was actually correct!!! The green and leafy spinach is undeniably excellent for the overall health of a human being. The nutritional benefits and boosting elements that these vibrant leaves possess are beyond our imaginations. Spinach does not only taste good, but also provides a number of magical therapeutic benefits. Let’s have a look at the health benefits of spinach.

1. Aids in Digestion

Spinach is full of dietary fibre, which curbs overeating, maintains low blood sugar, prevents constipation, and aids in digestion.

2. Prevents Cancer

Spinach contains one of the important phytonutrient, called Flavonoids, in abundance. It slows down the formation of skin cancer cells and cell division in stomach. It also helps in preventing the occurrence of dangerous prostate cancer.

3. Anti-Inflammatory

Spinach contains two vital anti-inflammatory substances, called Neoxanthin and violaxanthin, which are great in treating inflammation.

4. Contains Antioxidants

Due to the presence of powerful antioxidants, like beta-carotene, manganese, vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc, and selenium, spinach combats the commencement of diseases, like atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure.

5. Manages Blood Pressure

Spinach also effectively manages the level of blood pressure by restraining the angiotensin I-converting enzymes.

6. Protects the Eyes

A different category of antioxidants, called lutein and zeaxanthin, found in spinach, focuses and cures eye-related issues, like age-related macular degeneration, weak eyesight and cataract.

7. Enhances Immunity

A cup of spinach contains over 337% of the RDA of vitamin A, which is a main element of white blood cells. It is also a protector and energiser of “entry points” of the body, such as mucous membranes, urinary, intestinal, and respiratory passages.

8. Makes Bones Strong

A cup of boiled spinach is endowed with over 1000% of the RDA of vitamin K, which averts the over stimulation of osteoclasts, a type of cells that break down the bones abnormally. Spinach triggers the formation of osteocalcin in the body, which is a protein for maintaining the potency and solidity of our bones.

9. Makes Nervous System and Brain Healthy

The profusion of vitamin K in spinach contributes to a great extent in making the nervous system healthy and functioning of brain proper.

10. Maintains Gastrointestinal Health

The antioxidants in spinach also lessen the risk of colon cancer and DNA damage in the body. The presence of vitamin C and folate along with beta-carotene makes the spinach worthy of treating the gastrointestinal health, as well.

11. Maintains the Alkalinity in the Body

Spinach clears the tissues in the body and thus, maintains the alkalinity of the body. Spinach gives complete relief from rheumatoid arthritis because of being alkaline.

12. Excellent in Pregnancy

Spinach is beneficial for pregnant women since it provides all the essential nutrients for the development of the foetus inside the womb. Moreover, it also improves the quantity and quality of milk produced in the mother’s body.

13. Helps in Overcoming Anaemia

Spinach is an iron-rich vegetable, which not only cures the anaemia, but also helps in regulating the menstruation cycles.

 

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How to Curb Your Sugar Intake

By Brooke Cade

Posted Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 06:00pm EST

Everywhere you turn, it seems like people are talking about dieting and other ways to lose weight. People who diet, especially those who yoyo in their weight loss, are usually left discouraged once the weight returns.

A healthy weight is important, but many women are disillusioned with the unrealistic, unhealthy expectations formed from society and the media. What should be promoted? Healthy eating habits. By consciously making healthy choices, you will start to see the pounds melt away, and more importantly, you’ll develop a better relationship with your body.

Sugar Cravings

When choosing a healthier lifestyle, one of the most important changes is to reduce your sugar intake. Not an easy thing to do for many people. When craving sugar, drink water instead. In some cases, people will mistakenly think they’re hungry, when in fact they’re simply dehydrated and thirsty. Drink a glass of water and wait 10 minutes before getting a snack. You may be surprised to learn how many times you just need to rehydrate.

Still craving sugar? Chromium Picolinate is an excellent mineral that can help curb your sweet tooth. In addition to reducing sugar cravings, natural supplements can help you learn to control your food cravings.

Practice Mindful Eating

In our day to day lives, we are normally on the run. Because of our chaotic schedules, it is easy to get in bad habits such as hitting up a fast food place for dinner, skipping a meal, or eating whatever is placed in front of you. Choose to be more mindful of what you eat by planning your meals in advance, keeping healthy snacks readily available, and eating without any distractions.

By being more aware of your eating habits, you will have a better sense of when you are actually full. In addition, you’re more likely to enjoy your food and to feel satisfied at the end of the meal. The next time you eat, take a moment to savor your food. Your body will thank you for this.

Maintain Your Healthy Habits

The fact of the matter is that you’re going to slip up and eat sugary foods every now and again. That is okay! Don’t deny yourself treats—restriction usually backfires and can drive you to an unhealthy pattern of binge eating. Instead, set boundaries for yourself. If you want that cheesecake, what are you willing to give up? How many extra minutes are you willing to put in at the gym?

Regardless of how you go about your weight loss, stay positive, and focus on improving your overall health.


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Onions: The Powerful super foods


By Dr. phyllis

Posted Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 05:57pm EST

Almost everyone knows that onions are very important for health. Onion is a daily must have which helps you stay away from many infections and diseases. If you are sick and you are looking for a quick heal medicine, then onions are your best option.

The pungent odour might keep you away from onions but they are totally worth it. They can be cooked in almost all the recipes and can be consumed very easily. Onions are loaded with many chemicals which keep you away from illness and also make you glow due to its detoxification properties.

Onions are full of protective phytonutrients, vitamins, trace minerals, quercetin (an important flavonoid), chromium, and unique anti-inflammatory nutrients.

“An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh.” ~ Will Rogers


Onions are:

  • Low in Saturated Fat, Sodium, and Cholesterol.
  • High in Vitamin C, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Folate and Manganese.
  • The nutritional value of onions make them ideal for weight loss and maintaining optimum health.

Health Benefits of Onions:

  • Early American settlers used wild onions to treat colds, coughs, and asthma, and to repel insects.
  • In Chinese medicine, onions have been used to treat angina, coughs, bacterial infections, and breathing problems.
  • Onions possess enormous anti-ageing benefits. The antioxidant vitamins A, C and E fight against the damage caused by harmful UV rays as well as prevent free radical damage which is responsible for causing premature ageing of our skin. Onion is one of the richest sources of quercetin, the most powerful antioxidant that can keep your skin wrinkle-free. Vitamins and sulphur, on the other hand, protect your skin, and keep it soft and supple. The anti-ageing qualities of onion can be attributed to the presence of sulphur-rich phytochemicals.

According to the Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research

  • WHO recognizes that onions help relieve symptoms such as coughs, congestion & respiratory infections.
  • Sugar and onion-juice form a syrup, much used in domestic practice, for cough and other affections of the air-tubes among children.


Green Onion as Alternative Medicine: 

  • It is mainly used as a traditional medicine for common cold.
  • It stimulates the respiratory tract and helps in expelling sputum (phlegm).

The onion also is a proven antioxidant and may be helpful in treating certain cancers.

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Holiday Paleo Dessert: Apple Pie (Grain-Free, Gluten-Free)

From:  http://paleomagazine.com/paleo-apple-pie/


Prep Time: 50 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: one 9-inch pie

Apple Pie (Paleo, Grain-Free, Gluten-Free)

Ingredients

For the Pastry:

4 cups almond flour
2 tablespoons chia flour
1 egg
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted so that it’s liquid
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Equipment:

9-inch pie pan, parchment paper, rolling pin (or pizza roller)

For the Filling:

5 medium-sized apples, peeled and diced (granny smith or honeycrisp)
4 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 cup raw honey
1 tablespoon coconut flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

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Instructions

For the Pastry:

  • Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add the other ingredients.
  • Knead into a dough.
  • Take half the dough and place between two pieces of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin or pizza roller, roll the dough into a large circle so that it’ll fill a 9-inch pie pan.
  • Peel off top parchment paper and carefully flip the rolled dough into the pie pan. Gently peel off the other piece of parchment paper and push down into the pie pan forming the pie crust.
  • Fill up any holes or cracks with small pieces of dough.
  • Trim the excess pastry.
  • Take the remaining half of the dough and roll into a rough rectangle and cut into 8 one-inch wide strips.
  • Place the dough into the refrigerator.

  • For the Filling:

  • Melt the coconut oil in a pot on medium heat.
  • Add the honey, apples, and spices.
  • Stir the mixture to cover the apples with the oil, honey, and spices.
  • Add in the coconut flour and mix well.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and turn off the heat.
  • Leave to cool for 10 minutes.

  • Making the Pie:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Spoon in the apple pieces and sauce into the pie crust.
  • Cover the pie with the strips of pastry, creating the lattice. Press a fork along the edge to push the pastry down.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Serve hot or cold.
  • From:  http://paleomagazine.com/paleo-apple-pie/

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    Bigger Breakfasts the Key to Successful Weight Loss?


    by Elizabeth Renter

    “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” We’ve heard it many times, that breakfast shouldn’t be skipped for fear of weight gain, metabolic syndrome, or brain fog. While we pay a lot of attention to whether or not we eat breakfast and which foods are included, not much has been said about the optimal size of breakfast. Until now. Recently, researchers with the British Heart Foundation found that a big breakfast could be better for at least one morning-meal benefit: weight loss.

    The researchers used a pool of 93 obese women, splitting the women into two groups. Looking solely at meal size based on calories, one group received the majority of their calories in the morning, while the other group received the biggest meal at supper time. The study found those who ate more in the morning hours were able to lose more weight in a 12 week period.

    All of the women were on a diet of 1,400 calories per day. The “big breakfast” group received 700 calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch, and 200 at dinner. In the “big supper” group, those caloric intakes were reversed, with 200 in the morning, 500 at lunch, and 700 at dinnertime.

    Read: 4 Proven Natural Weight Loss Tips

    After the 12-week period, the big breakfast eaters lost an average of 17.8 pounds and three inches off their waists. This was compared to an average of 7.3 pounds and 1.4 inches off the waist of the big dinner group.

    “We’ve all heard the saying ‘breakfast like a king’, but this study shows that eating more in the morning may actually help weight loss,” said study author and senior dietician Victoria Taylor. “The research suggests that the timing of our meals may be as important as what’s on the menu.”

    But, Taylor cautions, the study was limited in scope and time, saying that “we need further research to see how these results would translate to men and also to check long-term impact.” It’s true, we do need more research. Not only is the study less-than-conclusive, but recommendations on meal sizes, number of meal to eat in a day, etc. are always changing. Additionally, as a side note, it’s important to analyze the nutrition value of food and each meal as to not expose yourself to health-damaging foods and substances.

    Read: Water with Lemon Burns Fat, Boosts Immunity

    So far, though, research does point to a bigger breakfast (made up mostly of protein) leading to quicker weight loss.

    Source:  http://naturalsociety.com/bigger-breakfast-key-successful-weight-loss/

    Additional Sources:

    MedicalNewsToday

    Study: Doubling Protein Intake Prevents Muscle Loss During Weight Loss Efforts
    Limited Study Suggests Paleo Diet is “Best” for Weight Loss
    3 Weight Loss Myths that may Be Holding You Back
    Studies Find that Drinking Water Leads to Weight Loss, Mental Boost
    Weight Loss Boosts Men’s Sexual Health
    Achieving Simple Weight Loss with Oregano Oil

    Relieving Holiday Stress with Natural Foods



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    9 Minutes: The holidays can be challenging due to the high stress nature of the season, but did you know that there are many holiday foods that can naturally relieve stress?  This week Dee talks about five stress busting foods to keep you calm throughout the season.​

    Description

    Diet Science is a fun 7 to 8 minute weekly program with insights and straight scoops on today's health and diet issues from Dee McCaffrey, CDC. Dee is an Organic Chemist who lost 100 pounds, nearly half her body weight, and has kept it off for 20 years by staying away from processed foods. She's the author of The Science of Skinny, released by Perseus June 2012, and The Science of Skinny Cookbook, to be released in 2014.

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    Paleo Dessert: “FRIED” HONEY BANANAS

    By: Rachel Shultz - The Household Almanac

    To quote a friend: I don’t eat desserts. Except when I do.

    Accurate. Perhaps too accurate.

    In my never-eat-dessert-unless-it’s-my-birthday (which ps: is today) world, I’ve been eating these for “dessert” every night all week. The only ingredients are banana, honey, olive oil, and cinnamon. All health beneficial and crispy-yummy. They’re amazing by themselves, or give a nice upgrade sprinkled over french toast.



    “FRIED” HONEY BANANAS
    Serves 1

    1 slightly under-ripened banana, sliced
    1 tablespoon honey
    Cinnamon
    Olive oil or coconut oil

    Lightly drizzle olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Arrange banana slices in pan and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side.

    "Fried" Honey Banana from Rachel Schultz

    "Fried" Honey Banana from Rachel Schultz

    Meanwhile, whisk together honey and 1 tablespoon of water. Remove pan from heat and pour honey mixture over banana.

    "Fried" Honey Banana from Rachel Schultz

    Allow to cool and sprinkle with cinnamon.

    "Fried" Honey Banana from Rachel Schultz

    From:  http://rachelschultz.com/2013/05/15/fried-honey-bananas/

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    Easiest Diet & Weight Loss EVER! Lose Weight Healthy Dieting Tips

    This is about as basic and elementary as the problem gets if you want a good video to share with someone who just can't understand why they're so huge.
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    Whole Body Detoxification (Part 3): Far-Infrared Sauna Use



    I just purchased the Dynamic Brand Venice II 2 Person Far-Infrared Sauna from Costco. I've already taken delivery fast, a week later, and put it together. It's incredibly easy to assemble, however it's really a 2 person job, I did it by myself with few MacGyver tricks. I've used it twice now. I've been thinking about buying one of these for years.

    Regarding delivery, mine was delivered right to my home. They call it "curbside" delivery. You don't want to move 390 lbs from the curb to the house. Mine came in a 30 foot box truck with an electric lift platform. It comes on a small pallet in 3 boxes shrink wrapped, plastic banded. My suggestion, meet the truck with a pick up and slide it right off the electric lift platform into the back of a pickup truck. Then move it as close to where it's going as possible. I only recommend this for short distances at slow speed. This pallet could tip over easily if not tied securely.



    With my propensity to retain fluid from excessive sodium in everything, especially restaurant meals, I really want to see how this helps me manage that malady. Plus, the body cleanse and detox benefits outlined below.

    My mother passed this fluid retention malady on to me. She was on prescription diuretic and potassium drugs for most of her life. She would sweat standing still. I remember her carrying a wash cloth to wipe sweat while simply moving. I now know that condition is caused by an extreme sensitivity to sodium (in everything) that can cause dozens of pounds of fluid retention. She went to her grave never fully understanding that condition. She passed it on to 4 out of 5 children, and now a dozen grandchildren. Fluid blobs.

    I dump so much fluid (and toxins) in this thing in an hour, that I've decided to weigh-in tonight before and after an hour in the Venice II at 120 degrees. These things aren't old fashioned hot boxes like a typical steam sauna.

    See the one I chose at: http://www.costco.com/Dynamic-Venice-II-2-Person-FAR-Infrared-Sauna-.product.100123485.html  

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    Whole Body Detoxification (Part 3): Far-Infrared Sauna Use

    Monday, March 17, 2008 by: Mary Laredo
    Tags: detoxification, health news, Natural News

    (NaturalNews) The first two parts of this series examined the health advantages of lymphatic cleansing with rebound exercise, and fasting for the removal of toxic build-up and internal purification. A third method of detoxification is through the regular use of a far-infrared sauna. The benefits of these three stand-alone practices are exponential when combined and integrated into a healing regimen or health maintenance program. Any healing protocol should also include an ample supply of whole foods. Such a comprehensive program advances the healing process and counters the effects of living in a toxic world.

    Far infrared rays are part of the sun's natural spectrum. The radiant energy produced by an infrared sauna is the same as heat from the sun, with the exclusion of the ultraviolet rays. A heat source, (usually ceramic heating elements), emits infrared waves that penetrate and relax the body as increased blood circulation warms the skin. A flood of sweat and toxins is released through the skin's open pores as the warm blood circulates deeper throughout the body.

    The infrared sauna is a powerful means of cellular cleansing as it increases metabolism and blood circulation. In addition to its use for detoxification it also relaxes muscles, soothes the spirit and rejuvenates the body.

    Far-Infrared Versus Steam Saunas

    Infrared saunas warm the body instead of heating the surrounding air. Traditional steam saunas heat the air and require temperatures ranging from 150 – 200 degrees Fahrenheit to promote perspiration, whereas a heat range of 110 – 140 degrees in an infrared sauna produces the same results. The cooler air temperature is more tolerable to heat-sensitive individuals and allows for sessions of up to forty-five minutes, nearly twice as long as in a typical steam sauna session.

    The softer heat of an infrared sauna also penetrates deeper into the skin - as much as 1 ½ inches - and draws out more toxins than a steam sauna, according to Dr. Aundrea Adams of the International Institute of Holistic Healing, who compared the detoxification findings of the two sauna types.

    Dr. Adams summarizes a report which concludes that sweat from a traditional sauna was up to 97% water, while the sweat released in an infrared sauna was only 80 – 85% water. The remaining 15 – 20% was comprised of heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia, uric acid and fat-soluble toxins (1).

    The deep penetration of infrared heat activates and releases debris from the subcutaneous fat just beneath the skin. It also allows the body to gradually free stored toxins from organs and tissues, which eventually make their way to the fat tissue under the skin, finally to be purged through perspiration (2).

    Clearly the therapeutic advantages of the infrared sauna are considerable. In her book Detoxify Or Die, Sherry Rogers, M.D. extols the benefits of the far-infrared sauna. She cites a study done by specialists at the Mayo Clinic which proves the effectiveness of therapeutic infrared sauna use for patients of end-stage congestive heart failure.

    The individuals in this three-week study tolerated the infrared sauna heat without side effects, and experienced significant chemical detoxification. The toxic load was the underlying cause of their condition and the heart function of each of these patients improved as a result of the therapeutic cleansing. They were also able to eliminate some of their medications (2).

    Heat Therapy
    A fever is the body's natural mechanism for releasing bacteria, viruses, and other toxic organisms by sweating them out through the skin. It is a natural means of healing. Hyperthermia (heat therapy) refers to the various methods of creating fever to stimulate the body's healing process. A rise in the body's normal temperature of 98.6 degrees creates a state of hyperthermia (3).

    Infrared sauna use is perhaps the most effective and efficient method of prompting a state of hyperthermia for the purpose of detoxification. Not only does this process purge toxins from fat cells, including chemical residues, it's also helpful in the destruction of cancer cells, as they begin to die off when the malignant tissue reaches 104 – 106 degrees Fahrenheit (3).

    The body regulates its core temperature through blood circulation and perspiration; nevertheless, it takes but a small increase to trigger hyperthermia and the production of white blood cells, which are critical to the destruction of tumors. Regular infrared sauna use is an effective approach that compliments any anti-cancer protocol.

    Skin Brushing to Augment Cleansing

    Each day a new layer of skin replaces the old. The skin is the body's largest elimination organ and releases nearly two pounds of toxic waste daily by means of perspiration, as long as its pores are not blocked (4). An optional, yet highly effective practice before entering the sauna is to vigorously dry-brush the skin for five to ten minutes with a natural fiber brush to remove dead skin cells and to stimulate circulation and the lymphatic system.

    Using lotions and creams clogs the pores and inhibits the skin's task of respiration and waste removal. Blocked pores keep toxins in the body which places a burden on the other organs of elimination. Skin brushing combined with infrared sauna use maximizes cleansing as pores open to ease the release of toxic debris.

    After skin brushing, a quick warm or hot shower to rinse off the powdery residue will also encourage quick perspiration in the sauna. Once in the sauna, perspiration usually begins within fifteen to twenty minutes for most users.

    Sauna Tips

    Exercise increases oxygenation of cells and raises body temperature. Some individuals may find it difficult to sweat, which may be attributed to a heavy metal and toxic chemical burden. Exercise and skin brushing before a sauna session will jump-start the detoxification process and help produce sweat. Regular sauna use enhances internal cleansing and facilitates sufficient perspiration.

    It's best to wait at least an hour after eating before entering the sauna. Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after the sauna session to replenish lost fluids and minerals.

    Pregnant women should avoid sauna use. Consult with a health care provider if necessary to determine whether or not infrared sauna use will suit your medical condition.

    Use common sense with sauna use. If open cuts or burns are present, avoid the sauna. Drinking alcohol, smoking or any type of drug use in the sauna is not recommended. Be sure to remove contact lenses and all metal objects before entering the sauna.

    Allow about twenty minutes to warm up the infrared sauna. Begin with short sessions and increase duration and temperature over days or weeks as the body adjusts to its tolerance level. Daily therapeutic cleansing sessions can easily extend to 45 minutes at 135 degrees Fahrenheit. If necessary, periodically open the sauna door or window for ventilation if the heat becomes too stifling.

    Once the timer has shut off the sauna, remaining a few extra minutes will allow the body to finish perspiring while cooling off. Follow the sauna session with a warm or hot shower, finishing with thirty seconds or more of cold water to close the pores, tone the skin and invigorate the body. With patience, the regular practice of cold showers is gradually and incrementally attainable. The shocking, blood tingling cold water brings with it a level of exhilaration and renewal that is hard to surpass.

    A variety of infrared sauna models are available for home use from a number of sources and within all price ranges. There are many pre-built sauna kits available, and instructions to build your own are easy to find through an internet search.

    While sauna use, exercise and fasting are all effective methods of detoxification, a plant-based, alkaline diet is paramount to a successful healing regimen and that fact must be reiterated and underscored. An acidic diet of processed foods, carbonated beverages and the like will compound the ill effects of a toxic environment, sabotage detoxification efforts and impede healing.

    Proper diet and routine cleansing of the body will speed healing and significantly enhance physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The final segment of this series will address the controversial topic of coffee enemas for therapeutic detoxification and health maintenance.

    References:

    1. Dr. A. J. Adams, International Institute of Holistic Healing: What is Far Infrared Therapy and How Does it Work Toward Healing the Body? (www.drajadams.com/SaunaDomeInfrared.html)

    2. Rogers, M.D., Sherry A.: Detoxify Or Die. Sarasota, FL: Sand Key Company, Inc., pgs. 199-200; 206-13, 2002

    3. Diamond, M.D., W. John, and Cowden, M.D., W. Lee: Cancer Diagnosis, What To Do Next. Tiburon, CA: Alternative Medicine.com, Inc., pgs. 280-6, 2000

    4. Jensen, Dr. Bernard: Dr. Jensen's Guide to Better Bowel Care. NY, NY: Avery Publishing, p. 118, 1999

    About the author

    Mary Laredo is an artist, educator and gallery curator who lives and works in Detroit, MI. As a breast cancer survivor who shunned conventional treatment, she is writing a book about her experience with natural therapies and nutritional healing. Visit http://marylaredo.blogspot.com

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    Baking Squash, Zucchini, and Sweet Potato Slices in the Oven for Leftover Quick Meals

    This was a quick 15 minute meal. I just sliced and heated some pre-grilled chicken breast with sliced mushrooms and onion, BBQ sauce, while the pre-baked squash, zucchini, and sweet potato slices heat in a toaster oven. I used a BoltHouse Honey Mustard on the squash, and Walden farms BBQ sauce on the sweet potatoes. This is under 400 calories, if you figure 150 calories for the BBQ chicken entree, 100 for the sweet potatoes, 50 for the squash, with sauces maybe 50 calories extra.


    If it's too cold out to grill, slice up everything and bake at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes. Fill a few Tupperware containers with a bunch of extra vegetables.


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