1. Beets: Think of beets as red spinach, they are a rich source of folate as well as natural red pigments that may be cancer fighters. How to eat: Fresh, raw, and grated to make a salad. Heating decreases the antioxidant power.
2. Cabbage: Loaded with nutrients like sulforaphane, a chemical said to boost cancer-fighting enzymes. How to eat: As slaw or as a crunchy topping on burgers and sandwiches.
3. Swiss chard: A leafy green vegetable packed with carotenoids that protect aging eyes. How to eat it: Chop and saute in olive oil. I think a little garlic would be good, too.
4. Cinnamon: May help control blood sugar and cholesterol. How to eat it: Sprinkle on coffee or oatmeal.
5. Pomegranate juice: Appears to lower blood pressure and is loaded with antioxidants. How to eat: Just drink it.
6. Dried plums: Okay, so they are really prunes, but they are packed with antioxidants. How to eat: Just pop 'em in your mouth and chew.
7. Pumpkin seeds: The most nutritious part of the pumpkin and packed with magnesium; a good-for-you mineral. How to eat: Roasted as a snack, or sprinkled on salad. I really love pumpkin seeds.
8. Sardines: Called, “Health food in a can,” sardines are high in omega-3’s, contain virtually no mercury and are loaded with calcium. They also contain iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese as well as a full complement of B vitamins. How to eat: Choose sardines packed in olive or sardine oil. Eat plain, mixed with salad, on toast, or mashed with dijon mustard and onions as a spread. I know, I know - GROSS! Believe it or not, me and Randy like 'em. Abbey's another story...
9. Turmeric: The “superstar of spices,” it may have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. How to eat: Mix in any vegetable dish. Not my favorite.
10. Frozen blueberries: Even though freezing can degrade some of the nutrients in fruits and vegetables, frozen blueberries are available year-round and don’t spoil; associated with better memory in animal studies. How to eat: Blended with yogurt or chocolate soy milk to make a smoothie! Yum.
11. Canned pumpkin: A low-calorie vegetable that is high in fiber and immune-stimulating vitamin A; fills you up on very few calories. How to eat: Mix with a little butter, cinnamon and nutmeg. Personally, I'd rather have sweet potatoes.
Here's a good quote to think of when contemplating Mickey D's for dinner:
"Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are."
Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Sava, a celebrated French food critic from the 17th century.
I think I'd rather be a beet than a BigMac.