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Strengthen your children’s bones with plant-based foods

February 20, 2015

Here’s a great idea…
Dr. Neal Barnard of the George Washington University School of Medicine encourages “plant-based diets…to strengthen bones and reduce the risk for hip fractures.”
In other words…
Eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and plant-based proteins like soy, nuts, and seeds can help families stay strong with healthy bones. Building healthy bones is especially important in growing kids when bone size and mineral content is being developed. Healthy bones early in life mean healthy bones later in life too!

 

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…
Try adding fresh spinach or kale to you and your children’s breakfast smoothies and name the green smoothie fun names like Spinana Smoothie or Shamrock Shake. You can make a Spinana Smoothie by adding 1 cup firmly packed spinach, 1 small frozen banana, 2 Tablespoons peanut butter, 1 teaspoon honey, and 1 cup plain soy milk into a blender. Process until smooth. Makes one serving.
To find out more…
about easy and inexpensive recipes that use fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and plant based proteins click here: http://uaex.edu/health-living/food-nutrition/eating-well/healthy-recipes.aspx or for more on the research article on a plant based diet and bone health : http://jn.nutrition.org/content/early/2014/02/26/jn.113.187955.

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