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Citrus sweet potato smoothie

Sweet potatoes are a favorite when it comes to desserts during the holiday season. Their sweet, yet spicy flavor is something that most of us enjoy. They are in season from late October through December. This smoothie recipe is full of sweet potato goodness, with a citrusy punch. Let’s look at the organic foods in this smoothie recipe. Cinnamon: This potent spice has shown benefits in cancer prevention and weight loss. It provides a spicy kick to this smoothie. Oranges: These delicious citrus fruits are one of the best sources for vitamin C, which is believed to bolster the immune system. Sweet potatoes: They are an excellent source of vitamin A and beta-carotene, which are two key antioxidants for overall health. Sweet potatoes have anti-inflammatory properties, and have shown benefits in regulating blood sugar.   Process the following ingredients in a blender: 1 cup of...

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Music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents

Music is the perfect stress reliever and gives the brain a great workout. Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have found that music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems. In the largest study of its kind the researchers in partnership with the Northern Ireland Music Therapy Trust, found that children who were treated with music therapy had significantly improved self-esteem and reduced depression compared with those who were treated without music therapy. The study also found that those who received music therapy improved communicative and interactive skills, compared to those who received standard treatment. There were 251 children and young people involved in the study, which took place between March 2011 and May 2014. The participants were divided into two groups, one group received music and the other received normal care. They were all treated for behavioral, emotional, and developmental...

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Orange and carrot Halloween juice

Halloween is a holiday filled with the color orange. Juicing is a great way to get your kids to eat organic foods and keep them healthy. This juice recipe is perfect for Halloween, because it is all about orange, and kids will love it. Let’s take a look at the organic foods in this Halloween juice recipe. Carrots: These deliciously orange vegetables are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which is a potent infection fighting antioxidant and immune booster. Oranges: From our childhood days, our parents told to us how good oranges are. They even brought orange juice to our bedside when we were sick. They were absolutely right. Vitamin C is excellent for your immune system, and oranges have plenty of it. Process the following ingredients in a juicer: 4 carrots 2 oranges Make sure ingredients are organic Enjoy!   AS ALWAYS: Check with your...

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Americans still consuming too much trans fats

The amount of trans fats Americans eat has declined over the years, but we are still consuming more than is recommended. Healthy living is about staying up to date on the latest health research. The American Heart Association conducted a review of six surveys from the Minnesota Heart Survey in 1980-2009. According to the surveys of about 12,000 adults 25-74 years old in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area: • Trans fat intake dropped by about one-third in men (32 percent) and women (35 percent). • Average intake of the omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) was steady, but current intake is still very low. • Intake of saturated fats dropped, but still account for about 11.4 percent of daily calories for men and women. The American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fat to 5-6 percent of total calories. “There’s a downward trend in trans and saturated...

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