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Pumpkin seeds, also called pepitas, are an excellent source of magnesium: 1/4 cup gives you about half of what you need in a day. Magnesium is essential for the growth and maintenance of bones and for nerve and muscle function. It also helps move stool through the intestine.

Pumpkin seeds contain different types of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that helps your body fight off viruses and bacteria. Take that, cold and flu season!

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Kale and spinach are on a regular rotation in your smoothie bowls, but now there's a new green on the scene. When you look at nutritional value per calorie, watercress gets a perfect score of 100, putting so-called superfoods like kale (score of 49) and cauliflower (score of 25) to shame.

Watercress is also rich in nitrates, compounds that can lower blood pressure. Another bonus: This leafy green is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, phytochemicals that help preserve your eyesight for better window shopping.

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This Peruvian root was used by the Inca people as an aphrodisiac and energy booster. Maca is rich in B vitamins, which promote a healthy metabolism and help convert your food into energy. It's an excellent source of vitamin C and iron, which is a perfect pairing because vitamin C boosts iron absorption. Add maca powder to your smoothie bowl (and your man's) and you could boost your mood and get some potential benefits in the bedroom.

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Before you go pouring a bunch of bran into your smoothie bowl, did you know there's a prettier, yummier, and healthier option? One cup of blackberries has more fiber than a bowl of bran cereal (and they win for taste hands-down). They're also rich in vitamin C and antioxidants that may help boost your immune system.

So what do you do when these bite-size gems aren't in season? Get frozen blackberries all year long! Most of these blackberries are grown in Oregon on family farms where they're picked at the peak of ripeness. Then they're frozen within 24 hours to lock in the nutrients, flavor, and juiciness. As a result, frozen blackberries can be even higher in antioxidants and vitamins than fresh berries that have traveled long distances to get to your grocery store. Plus, keeping a bag in your freezer means less waste and easy access for adding blackberries to your recipes.

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This golden spice isn't just for curries. It's delicious and adds a gorgeous yellow hue to your smoothie bowl—plus, it could help boost your health from your head to your toes (literally). Turmeric contains curcumin, an anti-inflammatory compound that may help fight cancer and prevent Alzheimer's disease. Turmeric may also help prevent and manage inflammation and pain in arthritis.

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