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turkey wrapAccording to Healthline, up to 75 percent of Americans are not meeting their recommended magnesium intake. This mineral is crucial in keeping our bodies functioning properly.

Although you may take a supplement, there are many foods high in magnesium that you can include to your diet! Here are four ways you can benefit from eating magnesium-rich meals.

1. Boosts Energy

Fatigue is one sign you may need to increase your intake of magnesium. This mineral helps your body convert the food you digest into energy. It also assists in creating the new proteins your body needs to keep your energy levels up for longer. Having enough energy can help you stay focused and productive throughout the day!

Spinach is one magnesium-rich food that’s very versatile. For lunch, try our Classic Spinach Salad with Crisp Bacon, Fresh Sliced Mushrooms, Red Onions, Hard Boiled Egg & Dressing.

2. Decreases Inflammation

Another result of magnesium deficiency is chronic inflammation, which can lead to other issues like obesity, seizures and a number of chronic diseases. Magnesium works as an anti-inflammatory to reduce C-Reactive protein (CRP), the inflammation marker in our blood.

You can also find magnesium in fatty fish. Try our Broiled Filet of Atlantic Salmon served in a Lemon Butter Sauce!

3. Supports Bone Strength

According to American Bone Health, people who consume more magnesium have a higher bone mineral density. Strong bones are less likely to break and help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, a disease that weakens your bones over time.

Get your magnesium intake from avocados! Try our Turkey Avocado BLT Wrap with Crispy Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Cheddar Cheese and Chipotle Mayo!

4. Balances Nervous System

Many people choose to increase their magnesium intake because of the role it plays in balancing the nervous system. Magnesium assists in the process of activating our parasympathetic nervous system, which helps us be calm. For those who suffer from anxiety or depression, magnesium is a common solution to help control their symptoms.

Add black beans to any meal of the day to up your magnesium intake! Try our Southwest Omelette with Black Beans, Tomato, Spinach Avocado and Cheddar Cheese.
Ready to experience the benefits of adding more magnesium to your diet? Stop by Colony Diner for your choice of magnesium-rich meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner!