SPINACH: Among the many benefits, it promotes clear radiant skin.
RED BELL PEPPERS: Fights off germs and bacteria and promotes collagen production for fewer wrinkles.
TOMATOES: Fights free radicals, shields skin from sun damage and protects against some cancers.
SWEET POTATOES: Encourages clear skin and healthy hair. An anti-inflammatory. Repairs damage from UV rays and reduces risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.
EGG PLANT: Battles free radicals that lead to cancer and aging (early tests are showing it fights development of Alzheimer's disease.)
GRAPES: Helps the skin and may protect from UV-radiation damage. Eat fresh or in red wine.
BARLEY: Helps shed belly fat. Helps keep blood sugar levels in check.
OATS: Best carb for pre-exercise sustained stamina. Purges bad cholesterol.
OK, friends, plant as many of these in your garden as you can this summer and eat as if your life depended on it - cause it does.
For those fighting a health issue, try substituting one of the above for something you currently eat that's not all that healthy. Substituting just one at a time won't seem like you are in major denial. Once that becomes a part of your lifestyle, work on another. One of my favorites:
I wash and pick off grapes, lay in a single layer on a rimmed cookie sheet and freeze. Once frozen, put in a zip-lock bag and keep frozen. Substitute a handful for a a snack loaded with refined sugar, carbs and fat. Grapes really do satisfy a sugar craving, they are healthy and because they are so full of water, they don't contain loads of empty calories. WIN-WIN