POWERMEAL A DAY – “RED”

June 2, 2012 -
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Today’s JUNE POWERMEAL A DAY topic is
RED

NEW JUNEEE

Some ways that I love to eat RED FOODS are…

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my Mixed Berry CHIA JAM

on my POWERCAKES
(recipe was featured on TOSCA’S BLOG)

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as a side dish to my powerEGGS
#BiggestStrawberryEver

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Another way I like to incorporate RED into my diet
is adding berries into my salads!

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*roasted veggies, capers, strawberries,
red onion & all natural chicken sausage.

Benefits of
STRAWBERRIES

Diet
One cup of strawberries contains over 13% of the RDA of dietary fiber, yet only 43 calories.
The dietary fiber in strawberries helps to keep digestion regular,
as well as lowers blood pressure and curbs overeating.

Antioxidants
Strawberries contain a chemical compound called phenols.
Anthocyanin, a particular phenol abundantly found in strawberries, lends the rich red color to the fruit.

Anti-Inflammatory

The phenols in strawberries also fight against many inflammatory disorders.

Anti-Cancer
The combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents found in strawberries
is well-known to fight against the onset of many different forms of cancer.
Thanks to the vitamin C, folate, and the flavonoids quercetin and kaempferol that they also contain,
strawberries are a delicious defense against potentially cancerous cells.

Healthy Eyes
The Archives of Opthalmology recently published a study in which three
or more servings of strawberries (and other fruits) per day
can decrease the possibility of contracting age-related macular degeneration by over one-third.

The Vigorous Vitamin C
One cup of strawberries contains an incredible 136% of the RDA of vitamin C,
an effective antioxidant that can help lower blood pressure,
ensure a healthy immune system, and ward off the development of age-related ocular diseases,
such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

Magnificent Manganese
One cup of strawberries contains 21% of manganese,
an essential nutrient that acts as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.

Bone Health
Manganese is also great for the bones, helping in bone building and maintaining proper bone structure.
The potassium, vitamin K, and magnesium in strawberries are also important for bone health

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My new OBSESSION favorite way to eat strawberries
is to soak them in Orange Infused Olive Oil
(bought from a local store)
with some Fig Infused Balsamic Vinegar!

Oil & Vinegar Infused Strawberries

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I do about 1/4 cup Olive oil with 1/4 cup of Vinegar
mixed with 1 to 2 pints of strawberries
(and other berries added in as well)

Mix and let sit in the fridge for a few hours
so the berries really absorb the oil & vinegar!
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I swear they are amazing by themselves, added on salads,
or served over greek yogurt!

possibilities are endless!

Show me how you incorporate
RED into your POWERMEALS!Winking smile

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