Black Bean Brownies – A Sweet Valentine’s Day Treat

Here is a brownie recipe that gives you the beneficial fiber, vitamins and minerals of black beans plus a rich, chocolate taste and not much fat or many calories. In addition, to the delight of chocolate fans, research has verified that health-protecting phytochemicals that abound in dark chocolate may contribute to heart health. See if your Valentine notices anything unusual when biting into these delicious, moist treats!

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Cashew Stir-fry with Broccoli and Pork

Stir-frying is a quick and easy way to cook vegetables so that they retain their vibrant color and healthful nutrients. This recipe combines cancer-fighting broccoli, protein-rich pork and the nutty crunch of cashews. Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables contain glucosinolates, compounds that may help decrease inflammation, a risk factor for cancer. Serve over brown rice for a healthy boost of fiber.

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Easy Baked Apples with Walnuts and Raisins

Nothing says fall quite like the warm, spiced dessert of baked apples. Packed with fiber, particularly pectin fiber, apples actually help gut bacteria produce compounds to protect colon cells. Sprinkled with walnuts and raisins, this recipe also contains beneficial omega-3 fat and cancer-protective flavonoids and phenolic acids. Enjoy for dessert or top with yogurt and granola for a sweet, nutritious breakfast.

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