Healthy is fabulous: 25 healthy foods to add in your diet in 2012

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  • Green Smoothies - Love smoothies? Try a green one! Green smoothies may look grassy green, but they taste sweet and sassy with a blend of fruit and veg. Packed with nutrients, this sweet, green sip is one to try in 2012.
    Make a Grumpy Gator Green Smoothie
  • Quinoa - Quinoa is a versatile ingredient to use in salads, breakfast cereal, side dishes, wraps and more. Rich in protein with a fluffy nutty flavor.
    Try Warm Quinoa for Breakfast.
  • Chia Seeds - Chia seeds may look a little weird, but you’ll be surprised by what they can do! These tiny little seeds are rich in nutrients, fiber and can create a super cool pudding for breakfast or dessert. Kids will love to watch chia seeds in action.
    Try Magical Chia Seed Pudding.
  • Nutritional Yeast - If you love all things cheesy, you should try nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast pastas are delicious. They look and taste like traditional cheesy pasta, but they are a lot healthier. Your pasta recipes will thank you for this new favorite ingredient.
    Try Easy Cheezy Pasta.
  • Vegan Slaw Salads - Crunchy, zesty slaw salads are a great way to fight salad fatigue. Slaws are incredibly versatile and can add loads of zippy flavor to sandwiches, wraps, burritos - most any meal. Don’t stop at cabbage - veggie slaws made from carrot, jicama, radish, broccoli and more are delicious too.
    Get 20 Vegan Slaw Salad Recipes.
  • Raw Cacao Powder - Chocolate lover’s listen up. Get your chocolate fix without busting your diet. Actually, raw cacao powder is not only rich and delicious - it is packed with cacao antioxidants. The flavor is pure and rich. Add to baked goods, smoothies and more.
    Make Silky Cacao Pudding.
  • Kale - Kale is a trendy green lately. From kale chips to raw kale salads - everyone is loving this fluffy, dark leafy, nutrient and fiber packed green. Try it tossed in a tahini dressing with plenty of veggie accents.
    Get my Fully Loaded Kale Salad Recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
  • Beans - Beans may already be in your diet, but consider adding more in 2012. Beans are rich in vegetarian protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Beans truly are nature’s superfood!
    Make Senate Bean Soup.
  • Tofu - Make 2012 the year to fall in love with tofu. Tofu is an easy ingredient to keep in your fridge for protein-rich vegan meals in a flash. Tofu is a great value too.
    Make Salt and Pepper Tofu Triangles.
  • Pickled Foods - Most food experts agree that Americans do not eat enough pickled foods. Pickled foods are an excellent source of healthy probiotics - similar to probiotics found in yogurt. This 2012, try to add at least one pickled food to your diet each day. Sauerkraut, kimchee, oshinko and more are delicious options.
    Make Sauteed Sauerkraut.
  • Dairy-Free Cheese - If you are a cheese lover it may be difficult for you to back down on dairy. But not in 2012! Try one of these ten vegan cheese options. From aged cashew cheese to creamy cheese dip - your cheese craving will be satisfied.
    Try one of these 10 dairy-free cheeses.
  • Sweet Potatoes - If you are already a sweet potato eater - keep eating! But if you are more of a white potato fan try switching to sweet potatoes this year. Yams are rich in vitamin A and have a cravable sweet flavor.
    Try maple-glazed sweet potatoes.
  • Tahini - Tahini, made from ground sesame seeds, will add loads of creamy, bold flavor to your salads, roasted veggies, dressing and sauces. Add tahini to your fridge in 2012.
    Make Tahini Lemon Pepper Broccoli.

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