3 SUPERFOODS TO ROCK YOUR DIET!

Have you ever heard that beauty starts on the inside? It’s very true! Feeding your body with healthy, nutritious foods helps you glow! Today we’re talking about 3 of our favorite superstars: strawberries, lemons and arugula!

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STRAWBERRIES

Strawberries are a healthy, naturally sweet treat bursting with body loving superpowers! Even when they’re not in season, frozen berries are available year around and they make a delicious addition to just about anything! Packed with vitamins, fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols, strawberries are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food. They are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source of manganese and potassium. Just one serving — about eight strawberries — provides more vitamin C than an orange.

1. Helps burn stored fat
The red coloring contains anthocyanins, which stimulate the burning of stored fat. When a group of animals was fed a high-fat diet along with anthocyanins, they gained 24 percent less weight than the animals eating the high-fat diet without added anthocyanins. (The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry)

2. Low in Calories – High in Fiber
One cup contains only 54 calories.

3. Promote bone health
Strawberries contain potassium, vitamin K and magnesium which are important for bone health.

4. Anti-aging properties
Strawberries are filled with biotin, which helps build strong hair and nails. They also contain the antioxidant ellagic acid, which protects the elastic fibers in our skin to prevent sagging. 

5. Good for weight loss
The compound nitrate found promotes blood flow and oxygen in our body, which is great for weight loss.


ARUGULA
 
You can use Arugula just like spinach. Grab a bag the next time you’re at the grocery store to use in salads, wraps or even in a green smoothies.  We love it simply dressed with lemon juice, a touch of olive oil and fresh ground pepper!
 
1. With very few calories and tons of flavor it is a great green to help maintain a healthy weight without sacrificing great tasting foods!
2. Arugula is a rich source of certain phytochemicals that have been shown to combat cancer-causing elements in the body. Arugula is also a great source of folic acid and Vitamins A, C and K. As one of the best vegetable sources of Vitamin K, arugula provides a boost for bone and brain health.
3. Arugula has an array of minerals and high levels of Iron and Copper, making it a good substitute for spinach if you’re paying attention to getting more vegetable based iron in your diet.
 
 
 
LEMONS
 
DNA cell protection, immune system regulation, and inflammation relief are just a few of the many nutritional advantages offered by lemons. But what they don’t have a lot of – calories – may be another reason they’re so popular. 
 
1. Hair Care: Lemon juice has proven itself in the treatment of hair care on a wide scale. Lemon juice applied to the scalp can treat problems like dandruff, hair loss and other problems related to the hair and scalp. 
2. Skin Care: Lemon juice, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can also cure problems related to the skin. Lemon juice can be applied to reduce the pain of sun burn, and it helps to ease the pain from bee stings as well. Lemon juice can be applied on the skin for the treatment of acne and eczema. It acts as an anti-aging remedy and can remove wrinkles and blackheads.
3. High Blood Pressure: Drinking lemon juice is helpful for people suffering from heart problems, because it contains potassium. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness, and nausea, because it provides a calming sensation to both the mind and body. It is commonly employed to reduce mental stress and depression.
4. Fever: Lemon juice can treat a person who is suffering from a cold, flu or fever.
Charlotte 🙂
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