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Jump Start Your Daily Nutrition!

Cinnamon Variatiesphoto © 2009 Robin | more info (via: Wylio)Here are some sneaky ways to introduce some great nutrition “additives” your daily routine!

1.  Wheat Germ. Try adding a tablespoon or two to foods such as cereals, smoothies or yogurts. With a light taste, wheat germ is loaded with nutrition including minerals, vitamin E, fiber, protein, omega 3 fats and almost 1/3 of an adult’s daily requirement for folate.  It is found at all grocery stores, check the cereal aisle!

2.   Cinnamon! Yum, add some to your cereal or toast in the morning. Surprisingly, cinnamon has the ability to boost insulin. What does this mean for you? This boost in insulin activity translates to improved glucose and cholesterol metabolism, resulting in protection from type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

3.  Brocco sprouts. Similar to your every day broccoli and developed by cancer researchers from John Hopkins, these sprouts are filled with goodness, from fiber and vitamin c! Even better, they are renowned for their anti-cancer abilities. That’s right!  Regular broccoli is a bonafide anti-cancer superstar and these tasty spouts contain 20-100 times more of the natural cancer-prevention agent, sulphoraphane than mature broccoli.

4.  Sun-dried tomatoes. These go great in tortilla wraps, salads, and in sandwiches.  Low in calories, but high in flavor, they provide all of the spectacular goodness in tomatoes (fiber, B vitamins, potassium, vitamin C, lycopene) in a super-concentrated form.  Lycopene is now world famous for prostate cancer protection making this an especially healthy addition for adult males.

5.  Sneak veggies in: Shred veggies (or buy them already shredded) carrots, zucchini, cabbage, broccoli, etc. and add to meatloaf, spaghetti sauce, lasagna, and baked goods like muffins.

6.  Add canned pumpkin or canned sweet potato puree (both high in fiber and loaded with vitamin A and other carotenoids) to soups, baked goods and pancakes. Sweet potato puree is yummy blended with plain or vanilla yogurt.

7.  Add finely shredded kale or spinach to soups and stews.

8.  Make “mock-mashed” potatoes from cooked cauliflower.

9. If vegetables are called for in recipes, add extra. The recipe asks for 1 cup of broccoli? Add 3! Yum!

Sources: drannwellness.com

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