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Tomatoes

It’s September and still gloriously sunny in Seattle. A summer of record-breaking warmth means tomatoes, cucumbers and tomatillos have actually ripened in home gardens before autumn rains can turn them to green mush.

Farmers’ markets and grocery stores are overflowing with gorgeous, reasonably priced produce. There’s no better time for gazpacho.

Traditional tomato-based gazpacho, filled with vitamins A, C and E and brimming with the antioxidants lycopene and beta-carotene, can help protect your body from cancer by cleaning up the free radicals that damage cells. Some studies have also found regular consumption of gazpacho helps to lower blood pressure. Replacing fatty meals and snacks with vegetables dressed in olive oil would have the same health benefits; gazpacho is, essentially, a cross between salad and smoothie.

Keep reading for easy gazpacho recipes!

fruitsveggiesSeven fruits and vegetables a day. That’s what it takes to reduce death by a whopping 42 percent, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

After following a representative sampling of 65,000 people for seven years, researchers found that those who ate more fruits and veggies were less likely to die for any reason—particularly heart disease (31 percent), stroke and cancer (25 percent).

Even if you don’t eat the full seven servings, eating some fruits and veggies still puts you on the path to better health, and the more you eat, the more you’ll benefit.

But how to munch seven servings without feeling like kale is sprouting from your ears?

Keep reading for tips plus a sample day’s meal plan to get you started.

Problem: Many of us are fat, at risk for diabetes, heart disease and cancer and, worse yet, don’t eat the very fruits and vegetables that could help prevent those chronic killer diseases.

Solution: Hype broccoli.

Problem:We are blah about broccoli.

broccoliSolution: Assign the creative geniuses behind Coca-Cola’s “Smile Back” campaign to re-brand broccoli. Could slick veggie marketing (rather than farmer’s markets) be the key to better national nutrition and improved public health?

If you brown bag, this is for you.

masonjarsaladAt Wellbody Blog, we, too, eat al desko, so we understand what it’s like to want to pack a healthy lunch, but not have enough time, or leak-proof containers, or lids that fit.

That’s why we love mason jar salads. Pack five days worth of salads into wide-mouth, quart-size mason jars, stash the jars in the refrigerator and pop one into your reusable lunch bag every morning as you head out the door. You’ll save time, stress, money, the environment and your health. Does it get better than this?

At Wellbody Academy, we are huge fans of 10-year-old Amber Kelley of Woodinville, WA who shares her message, "Being healthy is COOL!" through free online cooking videos and healthy recipes.AmberKelley Her on-screen persona charms grown-ups and young children without being an overly sweet turn-off for other tweens. And she has terrific recipes: Green smoothies, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, healthy sleepover snacks, roasted veggies with quinoa, potluck hummus with secret NON-ingredient...