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As the lady of the house, you are in charge of your family’s diet. From forming healthy dietary habits that your children will hopefully follow for life to ensuring a healthy and vital old age for yourself and your husband, this is your realm.

And when you do a good job, not only is your family healthy and look and feel great, but you absolutely shine!

10 extremely healthy foods with very easy recipes adapted from NYTimes.com

  1. Beetsbest from July through October Grated Raw Beet Salad
  2. Cabbagepeak season from late fall through winter Jamaican Steamed Cabbage
  3. Swiss Chardbest from June through August Sautéed Swiss Chard
  4. Cinnamonreadily available year round Apple Chips
  5. Pomegranatein season from September through February. (how to seed a pomegranate) Pear and Pomegranate Salad
  6. Prunesbest from May through October Sweet Potato Gratin with Prunes
  7. Pumpkin Seedspumpkins are in season from September through March Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
  8. Turmericreadily available year round Spicy Potatoes and Scrambled Eggs
  9. Blueberriespeak season is summer Lemon Blueberry Cobbler
  10. Pumpkinin season from September through March Gingersnap Crumble Pumpkin Parfait
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I love strawberries and I love blueberries. Serving them this way makes for an easy, tasty, and pretty presentation.

The blueberries are simply rinsed and stemmed. The strawberries are rinsed, topped and cut in half.

Layer in yogurt, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream and voila!

To add more pizzazz, drizzle in one or both of these sauces.

Easy Blueberry Sauce

Recipe courtesy of ifood.tv

Ingredients

3/4 cup unsweetened apple juice

4 teaspoons honey

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger or 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)

2 cups blueberries or 1 package (12 ounces) frozen dry-pack blueberries, thawed

1 teaspoon lime or lemon juice

Directions

In a small saucepan, stir together the apple juice, honey, cornstarch, and, if desired, ginger until the cornstarch dissolves.

Add the blueberries, then bring to a simmer over moderate heat; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice.

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Easy Strawberry Sauce

Recipe courtesy of foodnetwork.com

Ingredients

16 ounces strawberries, fresh or frozen (unsweetened, thawed)

1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons maple syrup

Directions

Puree strawberries to a chunky puree. Heat them in a small saucepan over a low flame, until they are just warm. Stir in lemon juice and maple syrup.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size about 1/3 cup)

Happy 4th!

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