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8 Superfoods you should be eating!

1. Avocados: Smooth, creamy avocados have gotten a bad rap for their fat content.  But in fact, the fat they have is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, which can help lower cholesterol.  Avocados are perfect atop salads like in our Creamy Cilantro & Avocado Dressing or on burgers instead of mayo!

2. Nuts: Few foods deliver the nutritional wallop of nuts.  Eating just a handful of walnuts can help lower cholesterol, boost brain power and fight stress, heart disease and cancer!  Sprinkle an ounce on your morning cereal.  Or start making some healthy nut butters for crackers, toast or even in oatmeal!  Check out this Nut Butter Primer on Cooking Light!

3. Oats: This humber grain helps lower cholesterol and is loaded with fiber to help you feel full.  Try our Peanut Butter Raisin Oatmeal Recipe for a heart healthy & delicious breakfast!

4. Tomatoes: Lycopene, a powerhouse nutrient in this red fruit, helps protect you against heart disease and some cancers.  Try our Caesar BLT Pasta Salad or our Low Calorie, Low Sodium Spaghetti Sauce!

5. Beans: Beans are nutrition dynamos, low in fat and a great sources of protein, fiber and folic acid (essential for expecting moms). Try adding some to your salad or try our Borracho Beans & Chicken or our Texas Caviar!

6. Olive Oil: You should know by now that most of my recipes contain olive oil, either by the the teaspoon full or by an olive oil spritzer.  The staple of a Mediterranean diet, olive oil has been linked to heart health and longevity.  This oil is also free of saturated fats!

7. Salmon: Sock it to heart disease, arthritis and depression with sockeye salmon!  It's all about the omega-3s, which protect the heart and joints and also can boost mood, fight depression and may protect against Alzheimer's disease!  Try our Salmon Fish Sticks!

8. Blueberries: Load up your shopping cart with berries, fresh or frozen.  The richer the color, the more antioxidants they have.  Blueberries are a great choice for breakfast or a quick snack! Try our Best Blueberry Muffin Recipe for breakfast, our Turkey & Blueberry Snack Recipe or our Blueberry Maple Syrup for a delicious addition to morning Rye Waffles!  Each of these recipes are packed with antioxidants, vitamin c and potassium.

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