Foods from the earth: My favorite powerful plant-based foods

Foods from the earth: My favorite powerful plant-based foods

April 28, 2016

As Earth Month ends, here is my post on some of my personal favorite Foods from the Earth.

There has been a ton of research in recent years suggesting the importance of transitioning to more of a plant-based diet; plant-based foods offer the best chance at preventing many chronic diseases. Some plant-based foods are especially powerful at protecting our health. Four such foods that I particularly enjoy are:  POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice, Wonderful Pistachios, Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruit and Halo Mandarin Oranges.

Pomegranates are phenomenal super-fruits. They are filled with fiber, protein, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and potassium. Several research studies have confirmed that pomegranates are super high in antioxidants and are a natural anti-inflammatory. These tiny little seeds may help lower blood pressure, fight breast and prostate cancer, protect against arthritis, improve memory and exercise performance. .POM wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice is an excellent way to consume pomegranates. Each 8 oz. bottle of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice contains the juice from two whole pomegranates, and nothing more- no added sugar, artificial flavors, colors or cheap filler juices AND this juice is Non-GMO Project Certified.

Pistachios are packed with amazing nutrients, such as B-complex, healthy mono-unsaturated fats, protein, fiber, vitamin E, copper and other minerals. Studies show that daily consumption of nuts, like pistachios, may reduce the risk of heart disease and may lower blood pressure. Wonderful Pistachios are available in a variety of flavors so that they appeal to almost anyone. Besides, what can be more fun that cracking open your pistachios while you watch a favorite movie? These are my go-to snack when I am looking for something crunchy!

I love grapefruit! Do you know that half of a grapefruit contains more than 100% of your daily recommended vitamin C? It is also high in vitamin A. Both vitamins C and A are great for your immune system. Also, vitamin C helps give you energy and vitamin A protects those windows to your soul. And I LOVE that grapefruit is great for my heart health. A recent study found that a diet supplemented with fresh red grapefruit positively influences blood lipid levels, especially triglycerides. My favorite grapefruit is Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruit. They are always so fresh and sweet; even my kids love them!

Last, but not least, I adore mandarin oranges. They’re perfect in my salads and I love mixing them with yogurt and granola. High in vitamin C and powerful phytonutrients, cancer research has revealed that eating mandarin oranges can lower your risk of developing liver cancer. My favorite mandarin oranges are Halo Mandarin Oranges; they are grown in California and are so easy to peel! I can add them to my breakfast, lunch, or snack in no time!

Whether you are looking for a healthy snack, or a nutritious, delicious add-on to any meal, try adding these four powerful plant-based foods to your diet. They can truly help boost your health and they will help you feel great!

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