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10 Foods That Will Change Your Life

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After all the excitement and over-indulging during the Fourth of July weekend, it's time to get healthy!

An article in the NY Times opened our eyes to foods we should not only be eating, but also feeding our families. Dr. Bowden, author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, gives his advice for the 10 foods you should be consuming on a regular basis to help with our body image.

Not always a favorite with kids, but it's the best one for you. Beets are a rich source of folate and a natural red pigment that is known to be a cancer fighter.
Dr. Bowden suggests: Eat beets roasted, raw, or in a salad.
It's packed with nutrients such as sulforaphane, a chemical that boosts cancer-fighting enzymes.
Dr. Bowden suggests: Eat it in a slaw, or top off your burger or sandwich with it.
Swiss Chard
This leafy vegetable is loaded with caroteniods, which strengthen eyesight over time.
Dr. Bowden suggests: Chop and saute in olive oil. You can also incorporate other vegetables into your saute.
For people with high cholesterol or problems with their blood sugar, cinnamon may help control it.
Dr. Bowden suggests: Cinnamon can be sprinkled on coffee, oatmeal, cereal or baked goods.
Pomegranate Juice
Pomegranate juice is delicious, packed with antioxidants, and appears to lower blood sugar.
Dr. Bowden suggests: Drink it! Simple as that.
Dried Plums
These are actually prunes, but some get turned off just by that word, so dried plums it is. Prunes contains cancer-fighting antioxidants.
Dr. Bowden suggests: Wrap the dried plums in prosciutto and bake.
Pumpkin Seeds
You don't need to wait until Halloween to get your kids to eat these. Pumpkin seeds are packed with magnesium and the high levels of mineral are associated with a lower chance for early death.
Dr. Bowden suggests: Roast these with your kids or sprinkle on a salad.
You may think "yuck," but sardines are full of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, and vitamin B that your body needs.
Dr. Bowden suggests: Buy sardines packed in olive or sardine oil. If you're gutsy, attempt to eat them plain, on a salad, or on toast.
Dr. Bowden refers to this as the "superstar of spices." It contains anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
Dr. Bowden suggests: Spice up your scrambled eggs or any vegetable dish with turmeric.
Frozen Blueberries
It's possible that blueberries can strengthen your memory, or so says a round of animal tests. You can find frozen blueberries all year round.
Dr. Bowden suggests: Blend with yogurt or soymilk to make a tasty smoothie.

204 comments so far | Post a comment now
Sommer July 7, 2008, 4:18 PM

Great article and ideas. Thanks for drawing my attention to this. I love chard and blueberries are soooo yummy!

nottamomma July 8, 2008, 2:32 PM

I’m doomed! I don’t like any of these food! Ok … I like pumpkin sees. And blueberries. But that’s it!

I used to like pomegranites, but I got a rotten one once and have never been able to bring myself to open and eat another one since.

Pam July 10, 2008, 3:24 AM

I love cooked beets! Roasted is good but Harvard - fantastic.

James July 20, 2008, 4:56 PM

Pumpkin seeds are packed with magnesium and the high levels of mineral are associated with a lower chance for early death.
Dr. Bowden suggests: Roast these with your kids or sprinkle on a salad.I’m pretty sure if you roast your kids it is not going to lower their chances for an early death.


qwerty July 21, 2008, 12:38 AM


Get over it. Things like that have never been funny.

Pam July 30, 2008, 1:53 PM

Tumeric is also easily obtained by eating mustard.

wellness.answers September 8, 2009, 8:25 PM

We are want we eat and to keep healthy is the reason we eat not because it just tastes good. Any foods that create healthy cells and detoxifys the body is what to eat. Grow some and see how good it tastes when you are also fighting cancer.
We have a polluted enviroment and minds and bodies….how to let go of accumlative effects…..drink lots of juices and green tea….the products by are filled with goodness and years of scientific studies to back up what to eat and why… and then email me if you want more info and a diet plan.

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