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7 Anti-Aging Foods

I saw an article at Sharecare.com about seven foods they refer to as “anti-aging powerhouses.” These foods may also help cut your risk of heart disease and cancer when incorporated into a healthy diet. So if you’re interested, here’s a condensed list of the seven foods–you can visit Sharecare.com for more details!

  1. Berries–They lower your disease risks and also help prevent memory loss. Eat 1 cup of any kind of berries, fresh or frozen, at least 3 times a week.
  2. Salmon–A good source of omega-3 fatty acids, it helps fight heart disease and is also good for your skin. The article recommends having two 3-ounce servings per week.
  3. Nuts–Although they’re high in fat, it’s heart-healthy fat; and nuts are also good sources of protein, magnesium, and B and E vitamins. Eat a 1/4 cup serving of almonds, cashews, walnuts, or pecans up to 5 times per week.
  4. Dark Leafy Greens–Spinach, romaine lettuce, collard greens, kale, and chard are good sources of fiber, vitamins C and K, folic acid and lutein. They also contain lots of vitamin A which helps keep your skin soft and supple. Two servings per day are recommended–and a serving is 1 cup cooked greens or 2 cups raw greens.
  5. Whole Grains–Referred to by Sharecare as a “nutritional powerhouse,” whole grains–like brown rice and quinoa, to name a few–can help prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. Try for 3 to 6 servings a day. A serving might be one slice of whole-grain bread, 1/2 cup cooked grains, or 1 cup whole-grain cereal.
  6. Yellow and Orange Vegetables–Think carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and other deep yellow and orange veggies. They can lower your cancer risk and help protect you from colds, infections, and sun damage to your skin. Two 1/2 cup servings a day are recommended.
  7. Yogurt–Plain, low-fat, or nonfat…all are good sources of B vitamins, protein, and calcium. Look for yogurt with active cultures–probiotics–which also help fight against disease-causing germs. Have at least 4 cups a week if yogurt is your main source of dairy.

Hope this is a helpful reminder for you to work these into your diet! I like all the foods on this list, so I just need to remember to eat enough of them each week. Do you eat many of these healthy foods already?

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Blue Chai Tea

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BlueChai Tea - Dried Butterfly Pea Flowers - Blue Tea Flower

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Did you know there was such a thing as organic herbal blue tea? Well there is…BlueChai blue tea is made from organic butterfly pea flowers. I discovered this tea recently when I received a complimentary sample to try. You can drink this tea hot or iced, and the tea, which has a blue color, can also be used as a natural food coloring. The aroma and taste of the tea is similar to green tea, but it is a caffeine-free herbal tisane. And if you like adding lemon or lime juice to your tea, you’ll get more of a violet shade. There are health benefits this tea offers that you can read about here, and when I made my tea I followed the brewing instructions at BlueChai.com.

BLUE CHAI TEA made with loose blue tea

Makes 1 to 2 servings (serve hot or over ice)

  • Put 1 teaspoon loose tea in a tea strainer or small cone coffee filter, then place in your cup. Add 1 cup, or 250 ml, hot water to the cup (if using a small cone coffee filter, pour water into the filter over the loose tea and let the tea steep in the filter).
  • Steep tea 4-8 minutes, depending on the intensity and flavor desired, then drink either hot, or let cool and add ice cubes (the BlueChai website also mentions you can use the tea for 2  brews). If you want a very light brew, just steep for 2 minutes.
  • Add honey and lemon if desired–adding lemon juice changes the color of the tea from blue to violet.

I just steeped my tea for 2 minutes because I don’t like my tea very strong. I tried the tea both hot and iced. I really like this tea iced for the summer! I often put lemon slices in my tea but I was fresh out of lemon when I made this. But it is refreshing if you are a tea drinker like me and since I love the color blue, I enjoyed trying this out! If you’re interested in ordering, it’s only available through the BlueChai.com website and you’ll find ordering information there.