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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 as well as general healthy eating tips to help you make that switch.

HEALTH FOOD of the week

Sweet potatoes are a versatile food that can be used to add flavor to everything from soups to smoothies. But sweet potatoes are not only tempting to the taste buds, they are also good for you. From anti-diabetic and antioxidant properties to prevention of eye-related conditions and cancer, the potential health benefits of sweet potatoes are wide and varied. For details, check out the in-depth article Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes.

SMOOTHIE of the week

Berrylicious Purple Sweet Potato Smoothie

All of the key ingredients in this week's smoothie – purple sweet potato, blueberries and aronia berry juice – are supercharged with anthocyanins, flavonoid pigments with strong antioxidant and health-protecting properties. Banana is used to add creaminess to the mix. Click on the link below to view the complete ingredient list and instructions, as well as the beloved 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

Fully Automatic Pasta Maker (2-in-1 Dough Maker and Extruder)

Fully automatic pasta makers, such as Lello's pasta maker pictured here, are taking pasta-making to a completely new level by both preparing the dough and extruding it through a shaping disc, producing zoodles of noodles in a matter of minutes. All you have to do is put the dough ingredients (the most basic recipe only uses flour and water) into the built-in kneading bowl, press a button, and this ingenious 2-in-1 dough maker and extruder will take care of the rest. To learn more about these new-generation pasta machines, check out this week's special feature:

BOOK of the week

The Sweet Potato Lover's Cookbook

Presenting more than 100 ways to eat sweet potatoes, this 240-page cookbook is the definitive guide to cooking and baking with sweet potatoes. Covering everything from appetizers, soups, salads and breads to breakfasts, main dishes, sides and desserts, this extensive compilation of sweet potato recipes is a real treasure trove for anyone looking to incorporate this unassuming healthy tuber into his or her diet. Order this gem of a book through Amazon here ( US residents) or here ( Canadian residents). It is also available through Amazon's UK site here , but be aware that the recipes use American measurements.