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Almond Almonds are a sweet nut with a meaty texture. They are a rich natural source of the healthy unsaturated fats that our body needs to run and a good source of many vital nutrients. Almonds find their way in snacks, savory and sweet dishes and many sweets from foods around the world.
Posted on: 2012-04-24 17:01:34

Lettuce The Lettuce is a leafy green vegetable that comes in many types. The types like iceberg have been bred for less bitterness, the other effect of this is to reduce their nutrient content. Choose darker colored lettuce for health as they are a rich source of vitamin A and folic acid. Lettuce is a diuretic with a sedative effect and dries damp health conditions. It is great in salads or on a sandwich.
Posted on: 2012-04-24 18:33:18

Summer squash There are two groups of squash, the summer, which includes zucchini and the winter squash that includes pumpkin. The summer squash is picked immature and entire vegetable can be eaten with no need to cook. They are cooling for those hot summer days and a very good source of nutrients.
Posted on: 2012-04-24 17:26:11

Kale Kale is an ancient vegetable of the cabbage family. The leaves give you more nutritional value for fewer calories that almost any other food. Kale is rich in antioxidants and a great addition to salads and stir-fries in the place of cabbage.
Posted on: 2012-04-25 11:12:05

Vitamins Vitamins are vital to life; each and every one has a specific role to play in your body. They are the organic essence of health. A good balanced diet is the best way to get all the vitamins you need.
Posted on: 2012-04-25 13:19:08

Iron Iron is an essential trace mineral vital in transporting oxygen to all the tissues in your body and muscles, regulating the growth of your cells and used by enzymes in metabolism. Iron is in meats and fish as well as many beans, grains and vegetables. A deficiency of iron can cause anemia where too little oxygen moves through your body showing with signs of fatigue, irritability, dizziness or headaches.
Posted on: 2012-04-25 15:07:25

Potato The potato is a tuber vegetable that is among the most nourishing of foods when eaten with its skin, high in vitamins, other nutrients and fiber. Potato has a rich and creamy texture with a neutral sweet taste that makes them a great compliment to many dishes.
Posted on: 2012-04-24 17:44:12

Sizing Up A Serving Food serving sizes, "how many serves do you need?" That is one question but the more important and most misunderstood question is “How much of a food is in a serving?”. Together, the answers to to these two questions will give you a strong understanding of how to eat as a healthy lifestyle that will lead to good health and energy.
Posted on: 2012-04-25 15:15:06

Apple The clean crisp sweet and tart bite into an apple is known to most of us. There are thousands of varieties that are eaten fresh, used in cooking or juices as a drink. Apples are rich source fiber, vitamin c and antioxidants that protect your heart, are great for your lungs and cool you in heat conditions.
Posted on: 2012-04-10 12:38:55

Peanut Peanuts are not actually a nut but a legume related to peas, chickpeas and other beans. In culinary terms they are considered nuts, the most commonly used nuts in western countries. They contain many nutrients but slow down liver metabolism, so should be avoided by overweight people.
Posted on: 2012-04-24 16:51:30