The Official Travel Hit List You Need If You Plan to Get Your Wander On

Ever feel restless like you just need to get outside and explore? You’re not alone. Exploring a new environment and taking in the wonders of nature can ground us and leave us feeling refreshed and recharged after our trip. Here are some of our favorite places to travel to and explore. If you come across spots you haven’t seen yet, perhaps it’s time get your wander on…

Grand Canyon: This vast canyon, which overlooks the Colorado river, is 277 miles long, nearly to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep.[1] The canyon is visited by over a million people each year, making it one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. The breathtaking views and stunning cliffs make this a sight not be missed.

Yosemite: Yosemite National Park is in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.[1]  It’s often visited for its waterfalls and ancient giant sequoia trees, some of which can be up to 3000 years old![3] Be sure to visit the Yosemite Village where you’ll find shops, restaurants, lodging, the Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery of photos from the area.

Sedona: Sedona is an Arizona desert with gorgeous red rocks, steep canyons, and pine forests. Visitors enjoy its mild climate and thriving arts community. Uptown Sedona features shops, spas, and galleries. On the outskirts of town is Red Rock State Park where you can hike, bird watch, and picnic.

Big Sur: Considered the longest and most scenic stretch of undeveloped coastline in the United States, Big Sur includes both rugged mountains and gorgeous ocean views.[4] Big Sur’s Cone Peak at 5,155 feet is just 3 miles from the ocean. There are multiple beaches to explore as well as camping sites.

Martha’s Vineyard: This island in Massachusetts is just south of Cape Cod. Only accessible by boat or air, the island features beaches, lighthouses, and farmland. A favorite travel destination for the Obamas, Martha’s Vineyard offers tons of great vacation activities like street fairs, farmer’s markets, fireworks, spas, and more.

Fire Island: Located off the southern shore of Long Island, Fire Island is a small island primarily accessible by ferry. This unique place has very few cars and residents and visitors travel mostly by bike. Enjoy the beautiful beaches or go hiking along nature trails. Ocean Beach, a popular destination, has a collection of restaurants and shops.

Wherever your travels take you, we hope you return home feeling amazing!

[1] https://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm

[2] https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

[3] https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/sequoia-research.htm

[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Sur

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Wondering What You Should Be Eating Every Day?

What we eat during the course of a day is integral to our nutrient intake and well-being. However, while sometimes it’s simple to figure out what we’re going to eat for breakfast or lunch or for a snack, it’s a little more challenging to meal plan for an entire week and makes sure you are consuming all the foods you want!

When putting together a week’s or even a day’s worth of meals, it’s important to consider a few things. First, you always want to make sure you’re consuming a balance of macronutrients – protein, fat and carbohydrates. This can be especially tricky, but not impossible when you eat a vegan or vegetarian diet. Having a diet with balanced macronutrients (especially when each meal has a little bit of each) will keep you satiated and energized. Our organic green superfood can help you give your body all the fuel it needs.

The second thing to keep in mind when putting together meals for the day is micronutrients. Just because you have a balanced meal with fat, protein and carbohydrates does not mean it’s healthy. It’s important to make sure your meals are full of lots of micronutrient-dense veggies and fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds and if you consume animal products, make sure they are organic and grass-fed/pastured.

The last thing to consider is whether or not you are someone that consumes three meals a day or several smaller meals throughout the day. Each one of us is different, so it is important to do what’s right for you! Many find it helpful to “reset” by eating three, nutrient-dense meals per day to control snacking and cravings and then figuring out what works best for your body!

Here are 3 delicious and healthy vegan meals to get you started!!

Quick Asian Salad

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 handful rice noodles, ripped into smaller pieces
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or other high heat cooking fat
  • 2 cups roughly chopped romaine hearts
  • 1 handful cashews, roasted
  • ¼ cup mandarin oranges
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos

DIRECTIONS:

  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. When hot, add avocado oil and allow to heat.
  • Once oil is hot, carefully add the rice noodles. If the noodles do not immediately puff up, the oil is not hot enough. Wait until the oil is hot and try again.
  • The noodles should take only about 30 seconds to cook thoroughly. Remove from heat when all the noodles are puffy.
  • Once the pan has cooled, carefully wipe out any excess oil from the pan.
  • Reheat the pan and add cashews, cooking for about 5 minutes until just browned.
  • In a large bowl add romaine lettuce, cashews, oranges and crispy rice noodles.
  • For the dressing, either combine the sesame oil, coconut aminos and rice vinegar on the side and add to the salad or simply pour each over top if you’re in a rush!

Peanut Butter Protein Chia Pudding

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  • Combine all ingredients in a mason jar with a lid. Shake vigorously and store in the fridge overnight.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings!

Vegan Buddha Bowl

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup quinoa, raw
  • 1 bunch broccolini (about 4-5 spears)
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 handful raw spinach
  • ½ avocado
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon red curry paste
  • 1-2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • salt and pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  • Cook quinoa according to directions on package.
  • Heat a skillet and add avocado oil.
  • Once hot, add the broccolini plus salt and pepper to taste until charred and cooked al dente.
  • Remove from pan and allow to cool.
  • In a small sauce pan, combine coconut milk and curry paste until warm.
  • Assemble the Buddha bowl by placing the cooked quinoa at the bottom and top with broccolini, avocado, spinach, curry sauce and sesame seeds.
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The Tap-Your-Foot-Kind-of-Chill Songs We’re Passing Summer Days With

Music amplifies just about everything we do. It can dazzle the mood of your summer barbecue, make everyone feel a bit more relaxed or pumped up, depending on what you’re looking for. It’s the subtle encouragement in the background to loosen up and enjoy the moment, and can help shape and cement our memories. So we’re saying cheers to the jams & sharing the tap-your-foot-kind-of-chill songs we’re passing summer days with.

  • Sunset Lovers by Petit Biscuit
  • Wishing Girl by Lola Marsh
  • On Hold by The XX
  • Big City Life by Mattafix
  • Messages by Xavier Rudd
  • Warranted Queen by Arum Rae
  • Truth by Shallou
  • Get Back to Ya by Casey Hurt
  • Redbone by Childish Gambino
  • California by The Lagoons
  • My Silver Lining by First Aid Kit
  • Calling by Ukiyo
  • Flowers In Your Hair by The Lumineers
  • One Day by Matisyahu
  • Anemone by Slenderbodies
  • River by Leon Bridges
  • All I Want Is You by Barry Louis Polisar
  • I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You by Black Kids
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5 Ways to Get Your Greens Even When You’re On The Go-Go

Want dense nutrition but don’t have a lot of time? Our new Fizzy Green Tablets make it easy! Our Fizzy Green Tablets are the most convenient and delicious way to get a daily dose of super greens and support your immune system. They’re crafted with an organic blend of wheatgrass, barley grass and alfalfa grass grown on our family farm in Kansas, and also includes a potent blend of over 30 antioxidant-rich superfoods including spirulina and chlorella. Here are five great ways to enjoy our Fizzy Green Tablets!

  • Early mornings – Rushing out the door and no time to make a healthy breakfast? Get your nutrients covered from the start of your day. Each tablet delivers a full serving of greens and veggies.
  • Afternoon slump – If you’re feeling tired by 3PM, trade coffee and sugary drinks for energy-boosting nutrients. Our formula of alkalizing greens and a full daily dose of vitamins B-1 and B-12 will have you focused and energized!
  • On the Go – Whether you’re running errands or dashing to your next meeting, Fizzy Green Tablets make it easy. Drop a tablet in your water bottle and you can bring a nutritional boost with you wherever you go!
  • After the gym – From spin class to yoga, refuel yourself with the rich formula of greens and antioxidants. Our potent blend of over 30 antioxidant super foods helps your body recover from your workout. [1]
  • Busy weekends – Juggling activities, carpools, and errands? Cover your nutritional bases by keeping Fizzy Green Tablets in your car or purse. Simply drop into water when you need a boost!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy Fizzy Green Tablets?

[1] “Antioxidants: what role do they play in physical activity and health?” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Web. 31 July 2017.

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Moringa: The Buzzy Adaptogen Everyone’s Talking About

Our new Organic Smoothie Boosters make it easy to incorporate nourishing ingredients into your daily routine to help support all your nutritional needs. Whether it’s nourishing your body with Nutritious Powders like Kale Booster, Supergreens Booster that include spirulina and moringa or Grass & Shrooms that combines 6 mushrooms, each powder is the ultimate boost to your daily routine. Or build collagen, boost energy levels or support cognition, our Functional Boosters help address specific wellness needs.

One of our favorite adaptogens found in Organic Supergreens Powder is moringa – the buzzy adaptogen everyone’s talking about. But Why?

The moringa plant has been used for its beneficial properties for thousands of years. Among its many benefits, moringa has been shown to provide high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, balance hormones, improve digestive health, and protects and nourishes the skin. [1]

Moringa also helps relieve fatigue from its high concentration of iron and magnesium, plus Vitamin A which increases the absorption of these minerals. Boosting an ORAC value of 157,000³, it has 6x the antioxidants of goji berries [2]. Antioxidants are essential in helping our bodies fight off free radical damage from our environment. By protecting our bodies this way, we can help reduce and even reverse signs of aging and also fight off disease.

Moringa aids in digestion due to its calcium content, which supports the function of digestive enzymes. The natural fiber content in Moringa also helps support the digestive system.

Add Moringa to your day through our Organic Superfood Powder. Simply add one tsp to a smoothie for an easy way to incorporate this adaptogen.

[1] “Moringa Benefits Hormonal Balance, Digestion, Mood & More”. Dr. Axe. Web. 8 June 2017.

[2] “Moringa Benefits,” Aduna. Web. 20 June 2017.

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4 Morning Rituals to Start Smart & Kick Off Your Day

How we spend our morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. With the summer sun rising earlier, it’s the perfect time to invest in your morning routine. Start smart each day with these healthy morning rituals and notice how good you feel as the day goes on!

Eat Fresh
We tend to think of breakfast as a meal centered around breads and grains, but our first meal of the day is a great opportunity to include fresh produce. Whether you throw some berries in your oatmeal or cook up a veggie omelet, including fruits and vegetables will have you feeling vibrant from the morning hours through the afternoon.

Spark the Brain Power
To keep yourself alert and focused all day, reach for the Organic Brain Booster to elevate your morning smoothie. This thoughtful blend combines farm fresh wheat grass with an amazing array of plant botanicals like matcha, bacopa, and lion’s mane providing nutrients to help support cognition and mental clarity.

Move Your Body
Whether you want to kick off your day with a high-intensity workout with our daily green energy booster powder or just some simple stretching, the morning is a great time to get your blood flowing. Studies show that exercising in the morning helps keep your metabolism working all day and helps you sleep better at night. [1]

Set an Intention
Perhaps the most important of all morning rituals, set the tone for each day with your intentions. What do you want to accomplish today? Set some manageable goals for yourself each day and enjoy the satisfaction of completing them. Goals don’t have to be tasks—things like spending time with loved ones, going for a walk in nature, or setting aside personal time are equally important.

[1] “7 Benefits of Morning Exercise, Plus 5 Tricks To Actually Love It”. Make Your Body Work. Web. 4 July 2017.

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Micro vs. Macronutrients & How Much You Need of Each

We hear about nutrients all the time when talking about health and wellness, but what’s the deal with micronutrients and macronutrients? Is there a difference? Today we’re breaking it down so that the next time you hear someone says they’re counting their macros, you’ll know exactly what they mean!

 

In short, our bodies need a wide variety of nutrients to live and thrive. These nutrients can normally always come from the foods we eat and the beverages we drink. While it’s true that we eat food because we enjoy it’s taste, our bodies break that food down and use what nutrients it has in it to survive. Everything we eat or drink, from an apple to a steak to lemonade, contain nutrient components that our body uses – these are called macro and micronutrients.

 

So what’s the difference between the two? Macronutrients can be classified as carbohydrates, fats and proteins. These specific nutrients provide our bodies with the energy-giving caloric components that we are so familiar with when we talk about counting calories. Micronutrients, on the other hand, are what exist within those larger building blocks. Micronutrients contain vitamins, trace minerals, antioxidants, etc. These micronutrients are vital to the health of our bodies.

 

While all foods contain fat, protein or carbohydrates, not all foods contain a large amount of micronutrients. This can be damaging  if we only consume foods with low amounts of micronutrients. A diet in processed food, for example, is very low in micronutrients. However, a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and unprocessed animal products (organic and grass-fed) is extremely high in micronutrients and therefore more beneficial for the health of our bodies.[1]

 

Of course eating micronutrient-rich food isn’t always a possibility, which we understand! A great way to add some vital micronutrients to your body is to include some of our Green Superfood into your daily routine! Products like our Amazing Trio contain an abundant source of leafy greens, vitamins and minerals plus 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables for a hefty serving of micronutrients.

 

 

[1] “Micronutrients vs. Macronutrients: The Secret to Understanding Food Breakdown”. Bonfire. Web. 19 April 2017.

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8 Simple Tricks for Eating Healthy on the Road

Travel photographer Elisabeth Brentano

We chatted with the talented travel photographer, Elisabeth Brentano, on how she remains healthy and energized for those big outdoor adventures. Find her helpful tips to incorporate in your next travel plans.

  • Hydrate – Before we get into food, let’s start with the first thing we should be putting in our mouths: Water. 64 ounces is the recommended amount for most people, but that only prevents chronic dehydration. And get this — most people aren’t even meeting this daily quota! Depending on your activity level, odds are you need to be adding an extra couple of glasses to that amount. You may be taking more bathroom breaks on the highway, but don’t worry about that — you’re doing your body a huge favor by keeping up with your water intake.
  • Get a boost – Whether I’m camping in the middle of nowhere or driving through towns where fast food seems to be the only option, I love that I can drop an Amazing Grass organic superfood packet in my water bottle and get the boost of whole greens my body so desperately craves. The packets are tiny, flat, and perfect for travel, and I can easily cram a week’s supply in a waist belt pocket on my backpacking bag. The mixes taste amazing (my personal favorite is the Green Superfood Energy Watermelon), and it’s a lot easier than trying to keep a pressed juice from spoiling in my cooler.  On that note…

  • Grab a cooler – If you’re a serial road-tripper like me, investing in a quality cooler is something you won’t regret. When I re-up my food supply on adventures, I look for blueberries, carrots, hummus, salads, and smoothies. If I’m keeping an eye on the ice, these items can easily stay fresh for 4-5 days. With these things in the back of your car, you have no reason to roll through a fast-food drive-through.
  • Make a list and plan – Making a list of what I need (and have) is very helpful when it comes to planning meals on trips. For example, four Organic Superfood bars, a large bag of trail mix, and two small bags of jerky amount to a week’s worth of snacks. Not only does the list help minimize the amount of food that gets wasted, but it helps me see when I need to re-stock my cooler and/or look for a place to grab a healthy bite. Before I leave (and inevitably lose cell service), I try to lookup local spots that might have healthy fare, and this has saved me a number of times.



  • Find a local produce market – This isn’t always an option, but when it is, take full advantage of it! Local produce is fresh, cheap, and usually on the way to being perfectly ripe. If I have the option of buying apples and clementines at a fruit stand or farmer’s market, that prevents me from making unnecessary food stops that might tempt me to consume less healthy snacks.
  • Snacks are your friend – Speaking of snacks, did you know that consuming small meals is better for your metabolism? A ripe orange gives you a big boost of vitamin C, and if your body is craving protein and something sweet, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Superfood bar does the trick. Or if you’ve done your research, find a place to grab a simple smoothie and add a packet of berry Raw Reserve to the mix for a big boost of probiotics.
  • Portion Control – I was going to lump this in with snacks, but it really should have its own category. Just because you have a massive plate of food doesn’t mean you need to eat it all. If you’re at a new restaurant, ask how big the portions are before you order, and if you have a fridge or solid cooler setup, always take some home in a doggy bag. You can always order more food — or eat it later. Which leads me to my final point…

  • Discipline – This one is the hardest, especially if eating out is your only option. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of trying new things when you travel and let’s be honest: Most of those dishes aren’t salads. Before you whine about how many carbs you’re consuming, back up and try to remember what else might have been on the menu. You know, the grilled chicken and steamed veggies you skipped over when you ordered a burger and french fries. You’re not in trouble for giving in to comfort food, but do try to be aware of healthy options too. And if all else fails, just know that you can recover with an Organic Protein Superfood drink. It may not look as fancy as the photo above when you pour it in your battered Nalgene, but your body doesn’t know the difference. It’ll be our little secret…

 

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Treat Yo’self First

February isn’t all about Valentine’s Day. We want you to #treatyoself too! That starts with showing yourself some TLC. We also chatted with 5 amazing, influential women who offered to share their favorites tips for self-care and love.

Caitlin Shoemaker (@FromMyBowl)

Essential oils. I truly believe we should make time to do something kind for ourselves every day. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, time-consuming, or expensive. On busy days, I love to put my favorite essential oil in my diffuser or light an awesome candle and take 5 minutes to breathe deeply and relax. It helps me keep my mind clear and energy levels high.

Real food. Some people enjoy purchasing other material goods, but I personally love to treat myself with real food. In other words, as many healthy, organic, and whole, plant-based foods as possible. Not only is it a gift that loves me (and my health) right back,  but I feel so much happier knowing I’m supporting a business that I wholeheartedly believe in.

Rhiana de Hoyos (@rhianamygdala)

Eating. I think if we take the time to feed ourselves like a king or a queen…we will feel like kings and queens. I’m a firm believer that food can heal or hurt us. The food we choose on a daily basis can either be medicine or poison. Eating is so important to our vitality and survival, yet we don’t take the time to consider what it is we’re actually fueling our bodies with! We get so fixated on solely how wonderful things look and taste (I’m definitely guilty of this at times) and don’t consider enough on whether those yummy-tasting foods are actually serving us. For this reason I do my own research and I’ve committed to being a life-long student of my own health and wellness. And I’d like to add that I don’t stop at food. I exercise both my body and my breath. I make sure I get enough rest and drink plenty of water. And I always thank Great Spirit for this gift we call life.

Self-talk. I think self-talk is even more overlooked than eating well and exercising. I would go so far as to say that self-talk should come before the eating well and exercising because I think that a kind and gentle self-talk will encourage the rest. All day, every day we have thoughts and images that go through our minds and if we don’t control those thoughts and images they will control us. I think that everyone at some point or another has experienced a traumatizing event that lays heavy on their heart. That grief or anger or sadness, if not addressed, will affect and show up in any and every part of our lives. We internalize so much and beat up on ourselves without taking the time to understand why we feel the way we do. This internalization takes form in statements such as “I need to exercise but I’m so lazy” or “I’m so fat. I need to eat better.” Instead of saying “Exercise is so important for a healthy energetic body. I want to feel healthy and energetic!” And “I want to feel my best. I think I will start making better food choices.” The words we use have so much power. Our bodies and our subconscious minds are ALWAYS listening. I treat my subconscious like a little girl. I would never tell a little girl “You’re so lazy!” or “You’re so fat!” No, never. I would hug her and do my best to choose kind and gentle worlds that will encourage and inspire her. If we all put more even a little more energy into a gentle and loving self-talk we could change our lives. YOU are the only person who can evaluate if the thoughts and self-talk you have are serving you.

Alison Grisé Wu (@alison_wu)

Dedicating at least 10 minutes of my day to mindful meditation and breath work and ideally practicing more vigorous yoga at least 3 times a week.

I commit to one blended meal a day, usually a morning smoothie packed with protein, good fat, nutrients, antioxidants and lots of dark leafy greens. This gives my digestive system a rest and gives me the jump I need in the morning.

Erin Sullivan (@erinoutdoors)

Get away from your screen – Technology and social media can be wonderful tools for connection and inspiration, but they can also be extremely addictive and counterproductive. Personally, I find myself putting my phone down intentionally, only to pick it up 5 minutes later and mindlessly open Facebook like a total zombie! I don’t even realize I’m doing it.I’m required to look at screens for work– to edit photos and write blogs, and even to maintain my social media channels– but I make a point to take a break at least once a day. A break from work also means a break from social media. At night, my phone is plugged in across the room. I give myself an hour to read and journal before bed– when the phone gets plugged in for the night, I’m done looking at it. And because it’s not right next to me, it’s not the first thing I reach for in the morning either. I’m happier because of it!

Plan ahead – Life is busy, and it can be a challenge to find time to do everything we need or want to do.Self-care is as important as any other obligation you build into your day, so make sure your calendar reflects this! Do one thing for yourself every day, even if it’s something as simple as drinking enough water, or sitting outside to breathe for a few minutes. It doesn’t have to be a huge commitment.Schedule time to read, write, get active, or work on a personal project. It doesn’t matter what it looks like from the outside; only you know what self-care looks like for you! Taking it seriously and planning ahead is one step closer to making sure it actually happens. When you make yourself a priority, you give yourself the space to be the best possible version of yourself. Trust that you deserve it!

Natalie Archer (@NutritiouslyNatalie)

Greens! I strive to eat greens at every meal, but especially at the start of my day. I always begin my morning with a glass of warm lemon water to help alkalize my body, rev up my metabolism, and aid in digestion, followed by a big green smoothie! I think that smoothies are by far the best and easiest way to get a ton of essential nutrients in one shot. I love how simple and delicious Amazing Grass makes it to get all of these incredible greens in a variety of different products. My favorite ones to incorporate into my daily smoothies are Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein and Detox and Digest! There are so many luxurious ways to practice self-care, but I truly believe that filling our bodies with nutrient dense foods is just as caring as treating ourselves to a day at the spa.

Sweat! Exercise is so important for our health, physically and mentally! For me, exercise is my meditation and a mandatory part of my daily routine. I love how strong I feel during and after a solid workout and how much clearer my mind becomes. Whatever inspires you to move, I believe that it is so vital to get out there and breathe, feel the burn, and sweat out those toxins!

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Heart Healthy Fruits & Veggies

With Valentines Day AND Heart Health month both falling within the month of February, we figured it was the perfect time to talk about some of our favorite fruits and veggies that are not only delicious, but heart-healthy as well! Although there are a long list of heart-healthy ingredients, these red and pink fruits are particularly festive.

Peppers: Red peppers in particular contain something called lycopene which has been shown to benefit heart health. They also contain cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber and powerful antioxidants in the form of vitamin A and C.[1]

Tomatoes: The powerful antioxidant of lycopene is also found in tomatoes, plus they have plenty of potassium and Vitamin C, which also have been shown to benefit heart health. [1]

Apples: In a recent study, eating apples daily appeared to lower levels of cholesterol and other two markers associated with heart health. Apples are rich in pectin and soluble fiber which helps to block cholesterol absorption and therefore aid in heart health. [2]

Berries: Berries are extremely high in antioxidants and anything from strawberries to blackberries, blueberries and raspberries have been shown to be beneficial for heart health. Eating berries as opposed to other higher-sugar fruits is also beneficial in lowering sugar intake and therefore managing blood sugar.[1]

Beets: Beets are not only extremely beneficial for detoxification, but they have also been shown to fight inflammation and lower blood pressure, both of which benefit our heart’s overall health. [3]

[1] Dulan, Mitzi. “5 Red Foods to Eat for Your Heart”. US News. 5 February 2013. Web. 2 February 2017.

[2] Goodman, Brenda. “Apples Good for Your Heart”. WebMD. 12 April 2011. Web. 2 February 2017.

[3] Dr. Mercola. “Benefits of Beets” Mercola.com. 25 January 2014. Web. 2 February 2017.

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