Heal Your Body With Food!

Want a healthier and longer life free of common diseases and conditions? Your best line of defence, as well as offence, may line up in the kitchen. Making a switch to the right foods can reward you and your family with great health benefits and turn back the clock on aging. HealWithFood.org provides condition-specific nutrition guides (see the blue menu on the left) as well as general healthy eating tips to help you make that switch.

SUPERFOOD of the week

Did you know that before the 17th century, almost all carrots were deep purple, not orange? Today, the purple carrot is making a comeback as health-conscious consumers are showing interest in this funky-looking vegetable. While purple carrots provide many of the same health benefits as their orange counterparts, they also offer some extraordinary nutritional benefits due to their high concentration of anthocyanins. To learn more, see Health Benefits of Purple Carrots.

SMOOTHIE of the week

Apricot, Banana and Carrot Smoothie

This week's smoothie combines apricots and carrot juice, two of the world's best sources of beta-carotene. As you may know, beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that helps combat free radicals, unstable molecules that have been linked to the development of many degenerative diseases. The nutritional value of this vibrant smoothie is further boosted by the addition of flaxseed, a source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Click on the link below to view the complete ingredient list and instructions, as well as the Tweak It! box which allows you to create a new variation of the basic recipe for every day of the week!

KITCHEN GADGET of the week

Lunchboxes Can Also Be Plastic-Free

Eating healthy is more than just preparing food with healthy ingredients. The cookware you choose and the containers you use for storing food can have an impact on your health as well. This week, we take a look at how the material used to make a simple lunch box could put your family's health at risk, or conversely, provide you with a safe and healthy option for storing food. To learn more about choosing a safe lunch box, check out this week's special feature:

BOOK of the week

The 50 Secrets of the World's Longest Living People

This eye-opening book is an essential reading for anyone curious about the dietary and lifestyle habits of the world's healthiest and longest-lived peoples. It covers the lifestyle secrets of five famous longevity hotspots – Okinawa (Japan), Bama (China) and Campodimele (Italy) to Symi (Greece) and Hunza (Pakistan) – and provides practical advice on how we too can incorporate the wisdom of the people living in these remarkable places into our everyday lives. Check out the reader reviews and price information here (or here if you live in the UK).