{Immune Boost} Drink This!

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With FLU SEASON upon us, we're sharing a few of our favorite ways to prepare for a healthy, happy New Year!

LIVE INSPIRED TODAY TIP: Drink This!

Did you know that 40% of all pharmaceutical medications come from plant botanicals? Star anise, a licorice-flavored spice commonly used in Chinese medicine, is a key ingredient in Tamiflu. Make this simple, delicious tea and drink up! Star Anise Green Tea 4 green tea bags 1 cinnamon stick (approx. 5 inches), broken into pieces 8 star anise, whole 4 cups boiling water In a tea pot, place spices and tea. Add boiling water and allow to steep 4-5 minutes. Strain before serving. Enjoy! www.eatinspiredtoday.com

What to Eat this Season: Cherries

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That's right, life is a bowl full of cherries! It's cherry season and here are just a few of the many reasons to enjoy these seasonal gems.

Benefits of cherries:

1. A convenient fresh snack

2. An easy phytochemical rich add in for smoothies, salads, yogurt, baking

3. Dark "cherry" red signals anthocyanins which defend against carcinogens and support antioxidant activity

4. Contain anticancer and anti-inflammatory compound quercetin

5. Rich in perillyl alcohol which may help block formation of certain tumors

6. Cherries also contain vitamin C, fiber, potassium and betacarotene

7. Fresh, frozen and dried unsweetened cherries are available

8. Remember fruit is a naturally gluten-free option

Choosing local and in season produce is always best. Choose local from trusted farmers (low spray or alternative pesticides) over produce that is labelled organic but has traveled long distances.

Enjoy your cherries this season. Stay tuned for more seasonal foods, nutrition support and delicious recipes.

Be well,

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