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Eat Greens Every Day and Build an Internal Rainforest

  Have you ever gone through your week, and realized that you didn’t eat any greens? I used to do this and then would crowd in a salad here or there thinking that was enough. But was it enough?  NO!  We should be eating greens EVERY day, with EVERY meal.  Sounds strict, and I know a plate of greens isn’t as much fun to eat as a plate of French fries.  Let’s move past what our taste buds want and move forward to what our bodies need as a WHOLE. We need greens.  Greens help build your internal rainforest and strengthen the blood and respiratory system.  They act as a systemic purification, or detoxification, for our body, and help to balance our internal pH.  Dark, leafy greens are essential...

Fruity Spinach Salad

  Fruit and spinach make a delicious combination, especially when drizzled with a lovely vinaigrette dressing, and adding walnuts gives your salad a fun crunch. Thanks to our friends at The Institute of Functional Medicine for sharing this easy-to-make recipe!   Ingredients: (Servings: 4, Calories: 165) 1 pint fresh organic strawberries (or 2 cups sliced) 8 oz. fresh spinach, washed, dried, torn to pieces Dressing: 1 tablespoon sesame seeds ½ tablespoon poppy seeds 1 scallion, chopped 1 tablespoon flax seed oil 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar Garnish: ¼ cup chopped walnuts   Directions: Cut berries in half and arrange over spinach in a serving bowl. Combine dressing ingredients in blender or food processor and process until smooth. Just before serving, pour over salad and toss. Garnish with nuts. Note(s): For a...

Tuscan Chicken, Bean and Spinach Soup

Tuscan Chicken, Bean and Spinach Soup is a complete meal containing very little fat and loads of fiber and flavor that the whole family will enjoy! Thanks to our friends at MyRecipes for sharing this healthy pick for the upcoming holidays! Ingredients: 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1 Tablespoon grass-fed butter (unsalted) 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup chopped carrots (3 medium) 1 medium onion, chopped 1-1/2 cups sliced mushrooms (about 6 oz) 2 cups chopped peeled butternut squash (about 1-3/4 pounds) 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 4 cups organic chicken broth (preferably homemade) 2 cups organic vegetable broth (homemade) 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning 3 cups shredded, cooked chicken (from the homemade broth) 2 slices Applewood-smoked bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional) 10 ounces fresh...