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Turn junk foods into healthy foods

What do you do when you have a junk-food craving, but want to eat healthy? Try some natural foods that have all the flavor, but are made with wholesome ingredients you can feel good about. Also, make sure to check us out this Thursday on Daybreak to see us chat about them!

Healthy Hot Dog Makeover
We all know a traditional hot dog is a junk-food favorite, but have you ever stopped and wondered what is in it? That same question compelled the founder of Applegate Natural and Organic Meats to build an entire company. He started by making a delicious hotdog with wholesome ingredients and no antibiotics and expanded the line to include lunch meat, frozen foods, bacon and more. Still, the wonderful natural and organic Applegate hotdogs in both traditional and chicken varieties remain a family favorite. Recently, the Environmental Working Group released an analysis that showed the shocking link between antibiotic overuse in traditional grocery meat products and the development of superbugs. Something definitely to think about!

Junk-Free Snack Ideas
The pantry can be a dangerous place when it comes to junk food cravings. Thankfully, you can replace typical junk food finds with healthy food that is easy to grab on the go. For instance, check out 100 percent natural crunchy and delicious freeze-dried fruits from Nature’s All Foods. You’ll find bananas, strawberries, mangoes, blueberries and more for an easy snack with absolutely NO artificial or added ingredients.

Oogave Natural Soda
Finally a healthy soda option! Oogave is an organic soda sweetened only with agave nectar.  Using agave instead of cane sugar or corn syrup keeps Oogave lower calorie (100 calories per 12 oz of Oogave in comparison to 130-150 for other natural sodas) and also low glycemic (say goodbye to those sugar highs).  The soda is also caffeine free, gluten free and contains no preservatives.  Refreshing options include Watermelon Cream, Agave Cola, Strawberry Rhubarb and Ginger Ale. Make sure to check out the new diet blends made without artificial sweeteners!  www.oogave.com

Boulder Soup Works
Did you know that some of the popular, traditional canned soup brands are far from healthy and, in fact, are actually filled with junky artificial flavors and preservatives? That is why we are really excited to find Boulder Soup Works. Not only are the soups delicious, but they are made with only the highest quality organic ingredients and spices. They combine hand-cut vegetables with fragrant herbs and custom bases, just like you would if you had time to make soup at home. We especially like the Red Lentil Dahl made with a custom blend of curry and healthy red lentils as a base. Super delish! www.bouldersoupworks.com

Easy spring cleansing

With springtime just right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to do a little internal spring cleaning. Learn ways to detox the digestive system, remove toxins and use foods to cleanse and heal. Also, make sure to check us out on Daybreak this Thursday when we talk about these products.

Digestive Cleansing
One simple way to clean out your system is to cleanse the digestive track. Check out Lily of the Desert’s Aloe Herbal Stomach Formula with certified organic aloe vera and trusted herbs that have been known to help maintain overall healthy digestion. This Stomach Formula works with your own stomach acid to maintain a healthy pH balance while offering relief from occasional heartburn and acid indigestion.

Tools to Remove Toxins
You can also utilize supplements to help clear the body of metals and toxins. Supplements such as Swedish Bitters, Metal X, Dyna Pro NIT and Chlororhyll help to remove various environmental toxins and stimulate the body to heal. Swedish Bitters combines bitter herbs to stimulate the body to remove waste, while Metal X contains a blend of  pumpkin seed, okra, rhubarb,  cayenne, peppermint and dulse to support the body’s natural resistance to heavy metals.

Using Foods to Cleanse
Beyond supplements, you can utilize foods to cleanse your body. Soups provide a great base for a cleanse because they are easy for the body to digest. Try replacing your dinner meal with soup for an entire week to encourage the body to remove toxins. Make sure to choose a natural soup and drink plenty of water.  Another idea is to integrate a raw meal into your daily routine.

If you are looking to try a dedicated cleansing diet, consider the ancient Seneca Indian Cleansing Diet which is a four-day diet designed to rid the body of toxins. During the cleanse, drinking pure water and utilizing organic local veggies and fruit is encouraged.

Day #1
The first day of the diet focuses on cleansing the colon by eating all the fruits that you want except for bananas.

Day #2
The entire second day of the diet is devoted to drinking herbal teas to remove built up toxins and mineral deposits from the system. Avoid stimulating teas like black and green tea.

Day #3
On the third day you can eat all the vegetables that you want. This helps to replenish beneficial minerals that the body needs.

Day #4
On the last day of the diet, you drink a vegetable broth all day to continue to deliver beneficial minerals to the body and feed the lymphatic system, nerves, blood and glands. Make your own broth with veggies such as cabbage, broccoli, carrots, onions and tomatoes.

Please note: Since everyone is different, check with your healthcare provider before cleansing or adding any new supplement.