10 Foods for a Bright 2015

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 If you are anything like us at Fiesta Dinnerware, you’re aiming to have the brightest and most colorful 2015 you possibly can. And what better place to start than the part of the home that fuels most of your days, the kitchen?

To give you the upper hand on having a great year, we’ve scoured the internet (and had a few heart-to-hearts with some of our Fiesta moms and grandmothers) to bring you the following list. Pens ready?

1. Coconut Oil. This is a superfood on all accounts (plus it has many non-food benefits as well). Use this healthy, tropical oil to replace traditional cooking bases like butter and other oils. We’ve even used the cooking wonder to pop popcorn! The smell will make you feel island happy, and it’s actually a healthier option that most other oils. More recipes with coconut oil here.

2. Ginger. Add a zing to your day with the zesty, versatile root. It’s antimicrobial, and a great way to boost your immune system and add more antioxidants to your daily grind. We prefer to add it to soups, or if you have a juicer, add it to your next orange-apple number.

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3. Flaxseeds. These seeds are small, but mighty. They are an excellent source of fiber and omega 3-fatty acids. Add about two tablespoons to your morning smoothie to stay full longer.

4. Lentils. Popular in many Mediterranean dishes, these high-protein foods are both a good source of fiber and pack-full of B vitamins. Real Simple magazine has recipes galore right this way.

5. Pumpkin Seeds. Sometimes called “pepitas,” these flavorful seeds, are full of zinc, vitamin E, antioxidants, and are a good source of magnesium, which the majority of women are deficient in. Fun fact!

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 6. Avocados. Our mouths water just thinking about the foodie possibilities. And while avocados may be fatty, that doesn’t mean they are bad for your health. In fact, this fruit is a nutritional powerhouse, providing numerous benefits. One of the best guacamole recipes comes from Food Network’s Alton Brown.

7. 2% Greek Yogurt. Okay, this is lucky number seven on the list for a reason. This food is not only incredibly beneficial to your tummy, it’s also a great replacement for less healthful ingredients like sour cream or certain dressings. We’ll let Fitness magazine show you the ropes on its many health benefits.

8. Kale. If you didn’t catch on to its superfood powers in 2014, this should be the year. After all, health benefits never go off trend.

9. Walnuts. Ever notice that this nut somewhat resembles the shape of the brain? Coincidentally, it has huge health benefits for your noggin. Get smart with these nutty recipes.

10. Almond Butter. Probably one of the best snack foods, this high-protein spread is a better option to its counterpart, peanut butter. It’s full of healthy fats and generally digests better than other nutter butters. The price tag is a tad bit higher for a reason.

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