February 2, 2009
Adding Antioxidants into Your Diet
Mid-winter is a good time to take stock in eating well to stay healthy. Antioxidants help maintain heart health and keep your immune system functioning properly. Here are some easy ways to add antioxidants to your daily diet:
- Drink 6 ounces of orange juice daily.
- Eat an orange or grapefruit.
- Chop bell peppers into your salads or sauté them with other vegetables.
- Keep frozen blueberries in your freezer to use all year. Add some to your yogurt or cereal in the morning.
- Steam broccoli in the microwave once a week for a quick dinner side dish.
- Keep dried apricots in the pantry. Grab one or two for a quick snack, or chop them into bread stuffing for poultry.
- Keep sliced cantaloupe in the ‘fridge.
- Add spinach leaves to your salad or use spinach instead of lettuce for your sandwiches at home.
- Bake a vitamin-A-rich sweet potato twice a month.White potatoes are good sources high in Vitamin C.
- Add tomatoes to your salad, put sliced tomatoes on your sandwich.
- Use tomato sauce for more than pasta. Pour it over chicken to bake, use it in rice (Spanish rice), or use it for quick mini pizzas after school (put two tablespoons of tomato sauce on a bagel or English muffin half, top with part-skim mozzarella and toast in toaster oven).
- Snack on nuts, but in the proper portion. Include about one-quarter cup of peanuts, almonds or walnuts daily. Eat them as a snack, sprinkle them on a salad, or include them in cooking.