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15 Power Foods You Must Have In Your Pantry, Fridge And Freezer

15 Power Foods You Must Have In Your Pantry, Fridge And Freezer

Power foods are packed with important vitamins that can help prevent and treat various illnesses. Not only are they nutritious and tasty, but also easy to prepare and enjoy on a regular basis. Find out what benefits these power foods offer and learn how to whip up an ultra-simple meal with each one.

1. Blackberries

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    Blackberries are a tiny fruit that packs a surprisingly big punch. They were recently identified as a top cancer-fighting food, with huge amounts of antioxidants and flavonoids. This tiny berry is believed to reduce the effects of age-related diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Make a simple, 5-ingredient blackberry cobbler to introduce these berries into your diet.

    2. Beets

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      Like most vegetables with a vibrant color, beets are packed with nutrients. This root vegetable is high in vitamin C and fiber, and is known for its ability to support nerve and muscle functioning. One study found that drinking beet juice helped to lower blood pressure in only a few hours. Combine chia seeds, beet, carrot, and apple for a refreshing morning juice.

      3. Wheatgrass

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        Wheatgrass has a multitude of health benefits, like neutralizing toxins and cleansing body tissue. It also contains high levels of Vitamin A, C, and even protein. Purchase powdered wheatgrass to add to smoothies, or use fresh blades of wheatgrass in a citrus salad.

        4. Avocado

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          Avocado is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acid – a fat that won’t make you fat. Closest to the outer skin, it’s soft green layer contains the most nutrients. Avocados are a great source of vitamin K and E, and are believed to help lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels. Create a tofu and avocado rice bowl with chilies for flavor.

          5. Walnuts

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            Walnuts help to reduce bodily inflammation, and also contain important precursors for omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Walnuts are easy to toss into healthy snacks, like these granola bars. Simply combine dried fruits, walnuts, and seeds to make a bar that appeals to your taste buds.

            6. Green Tea

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              Green tea is a powerhouse of nutrients, helping to lower your cancer and heart disease risk, lessen arthritis pain, and fight infections. Green tea can be drank hot or cold. Mixed with honey and a citrus like grapefruit, green tea makes for a healthy and restorative beverage.

              7. Salmon

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                Salmon is rich in Vitamin D, a nutrient that many of us do not receive enough of. It also contains high levels of many essential nutrients, like selenium, potassium, biotin, and niacin. Add salmon to a quick kale salad to stay fuller longer and stabilize your blood sugar.

                8. Pomegranate

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                  Pomegranates are a sweet and tangy fruit, high in flavonoids and polyphenols. These powerful antioxidants protect against free radicals in the body, thus lowering the chance of disease. A clever way to get your pomegranate fix is by stirring up a sauce – combine cranberries and pomegranates for a sweet and easy condiment.

                  9. Carob

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                    Carob is an excellent milk chocolate substitute, and is incredibly powerful in protecting the body. It contains antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, and analgesic properties. Carob can be used to make healthy, homemade freezer desserts like almond fudge.

                    10. Honey

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                      Honey is a versatile condiment to keep in your pantry. Much like the natural extract forskolin, honey is said to alleviate allergies. It can also suppress a persistent cough, and even improve memory. A staple recipe to add to your dinner collection is honey roasted carrots.

                      11. Oatmeal

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                        Whole grains have been shown to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. Oatmeal is also a great source of iron and magnesium. In order to get the most out of oatmeal, stick to steal cut and avoid prepackaged flavors with heaps of additives. Add sunflower seed, agave, and berries for a quick morning oatmeal recipe.

                        12. Bananas

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                          Bananas are sometimes discouraged as a “high sugar” food. However, the carbohydrates in bananas are pure, and go directly to fueling the body in an efficient way. Banana is a satisfying dessert replacement. Make a peach banana smoothie with just 4 ingredients.

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                          13. Ginger

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                            Ginger is useful as a digestive aids, and can also alleviate nausea and motion sickness. Ginger has also been shown to aid inflammation and respiratory problems in the body. An easy way to get your ginger is to include it in a zesty lime salsa.

                            14. Mustard

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                              Compared to mayo and ketchup, mustard is a superior choice as it doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup or unhealthy fats. Interestingly, it’s also been shown to treat skin conditions like psoriasis and contact dermatitis. Add mustard to a delicious and clean potato salad recipe.

                              15. Black Beans

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                                Black beans are a healthy carbohydrate containing fiber, folate, and vitamin B6. They help you to balance cholesterol levels and support heart functioning. Throw together some basic ingredients from your fridge to create this hearty black bean stew.

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                                Last Updated on November 20, 2018

                                10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                                10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                                A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

                                Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

                                1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

                                Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

                                If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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                                2. You put the cart before the horse.

                                “Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

                                3. You don’t believe in yourself.

                                A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

                                4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

                                The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

                                5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

                                If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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                                6. You don’t enjoy the process.

                                Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

                                The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

                                7. You’re trying too hard.

                                Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

                                8. You don’t track your progress.

                                Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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                                9. You have no social support.

                                It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

                                10. You know your what but not your why.

                                The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

                                Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

                                Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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                                Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

                                Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

                                Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

                                • The more specific you can make your goal,
                                • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
                                • The more encouraged you’ll be,
                                • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

                                I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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