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Food Pairings For Your Health

Food is more than fuel for your body — it's a tool to help you improve your health. Eating for your health can be as simple as adding certain ingredients to the food you're already accustomed to consuming.

Small changes can add up to improvements in your well-being while satisfying your hunger. Get inspired by these simple formulas from Prevention and keep them in mind the next time you're making a grocery list.

Meal Base Add-In Health Benefit
Whole grain cereal 1/2 cup sunflower seeds Better immunity
Scrambled eggs 1/2 cup red peppers Smoother skin
Smoothie 1/4 cup wheat germ Faster healing of cuts and bruises
Sandwich 3 spinach leaves Decreased risk of night blindness

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Meal Base Add-In Health Benefit
Garden salad 3 ounces canned wild salmon Healthier brain and heart
Stir-fry 1/2 cup kale Stronger eyes
Salsa (or another low-fat dip) 1/2 cup chickpeas Lower body weight
Low-fat pudding 1/3 cup nonfat powdered milk Less PMS
Green tea Lemon Lower cancer risk

Visit MSNBC to learn more about how these pairings work as well as more food pairings for your health.


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usersname usersname 8 years
Thanks for providing the valuable information for the healthy food. I shall add salad to my food that provides healthy brain.
Luckyslushy Luckyslushy 8 years
Night blindness?
NouraBee NouraBee 8 years
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Scrambled eggs and red peppers? Hmmm...
AMP AMP 8 years
"1/2 cup sunflower seeds" hmm, that seems like a lot! and lot of calories and fat added. yum to salsa and chickpeas.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Good ideas! I love salsa and chickpeas, so I think I'll try adding them to my salsa. When it's all pureed, I bet it tastes really good. I should start adding salmon to my salads, but I'm not really a huge fan of canned salmon.
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