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Nutritious Noshes for Any Occasion

Nutritious Noshes for Any Occasion

Micronutrients (the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants essential to the production of hormones and proteins) are the new heroes on the health front. The body depends on micronutrients to function optimally and maintain good health. Replacing fried or carb-filled foods with healthier, naturally flavorful, produce-rich alternatives is an excellent way to ensure your body receives a sufficient amount of micronutrients. Whether you want to prepare an easy, elegant appetizer for a special occasion or need a quick bite to eat, try some of our vitamin- and mineral-rich recipes that boast nutrient-dense ingredients and taste delicious too!

Avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that help protect many functions in the body. These nutrients positively impact the heart, blood pressure, digestion and eye health. Avocados also contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that contribute to their smooth, creamy texture. This superfood is a great sodium- and cholesterol-free flavor addition to any dish.

Pomegranates are loaded with nutrients such as fiber, protein, vitamin C and K, folate and potassium. They also contain antioxidants that have been shown to reduce inflammation, one of the main causes of many serious diseases including cancer, diabetes and heart disease. This super-fruit’s jewel-like arils and sweet-tart juice add sparkle to salads, smoothies, meats, bruschetta and more.

Mangos contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals, making them a diverse, nourishing superfood. They have high levels of fiber, pectin and
vitamin C, which have been shown to help lower cholesterol. Enjoy this water-dense, low-calorie fruit as a stand-alone snack, or add to salads, smoothies, salsas, skewers or marinades.

Tomatoes are a good source of potassium and vitamins A and C. They’re also rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that becomes more readily available with cooking. Lycopene provides protection against certain cancers, heart disease and even wrinkles. Reap the benefits of this low-calorie, low-fat ingredient by enjoying tomatoes in a Caprese salad, on skewers or paired with Parmesan-pesto cream cheese and pine nuts in our creative Tomato Tulips recipe.

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