Looking to pack some serious health benefits into your daily routine? Try including these five multi-tasking superfoods in your weekly meal plan.
With free radical-busting antioxidants as well as fiber, this fruit crams a lot of goodness into a small package. Plus, blueberries
taste good and are readily available. Try frozen ones if fresh aren’t in season. Stir into yogurt, blend in a smoothie or
spoon on a waffle.
Try blueberries with these recipes:
Blueberry Crumb Cake
Mixed-Berry Pretzel Tart
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Dark orange vegetables are one of the best ways to fuel up on vitamin A as well as potassium. Sub them for white potatoes.
Bonus: their rich flavor means you aren’t as tempted to pile on butter or sour cream.
Try sweet potatoes with these recipes:
Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Curry Dip
Roasted Winter Vegetables
Baked Sweet Potatoes and Green Apples
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Vitamins A, C and K (which can help build bones) and loads of belly-filling fiber—is there anything this plentiful and inexpensive
vegetable doesn’t provide? No wonder nutritionists give it the thumbs up.
Try broccoli with these recipes:
Broccoli and Feta Frittata
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Omega-3 fatty acids can help protect your heart, and fatty fish such as salmon offer them in spades. On top of that, the fish
is low in fat and high in protein. Substitue canned wild salmon for tuna in sandwiches.
Try salmon with these recipes:
Baked Herbed Salmon
Tortellini Salad with Salmon and Peas
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The fiber found in low-fat, inexpensive and protein-packed legumes can help lower cholesterol. Red beans are also a good source
of iron, magnesium and potassium.
Try red beans with these recipes:
Chicken and Red Bean Tostadas
Pork and Beans
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