1.  Water

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Drink some plain water.  It won’t kill you.

2. Green Beans

Fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.  Green beans are praised for all these.  Sauté in olive oil or blanch for full flavor and nutrition.  Don’t overcook or add bacon grease; this defeats the purpose.

3. Broccoli

You knew it was coming.  Broccoli is like the miracle food.  Don’t overcook until it becomes limp and loses its flavor.  Eat raw or enjoy in casseroles.

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4. Blueberries

Foods rich in color, whether vegetables or fruits, are rich in antioxidants that help us stay healthy.  Blueberries can be eaten in salads, muffins, desserts, or by themselves.  Try these when you are having a sweet attack.

5. Oats

I’m the first one to say oatmeal is blah.  But try adding raw oats to yogurt with some fruit and a bit of sweetener; it’s like a superpower breakfast.  Also, oats make a great basis for muffins and cookies.

6. Tea

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Can’t go without my tea!  Green and black teas, whether hot or iced, are great sources of antioxidants.  Don’t foul up the works with a load of sugars.  A good tea well brewed can stand on its own.  Our hygienist will polish off any stain at your check-up.

7. Olive Oil

This monounsaturated oil is an essential to all those Mediterranean diets that are so beneficial for you.  Use in cooking or on Italian bread as a substitute for butter.

8. Fish

Here’s a meat.  Cold-water fish are a rich source of omega-3 that helps keep hearts healthy.

9. Grapefruit Juice

Grapefruit juice will help control cholesterol.  However, if you’re taking cholesterol medicine, you may need to avoid grapefruit juice as it can interfere with or augment the medicine’s effect.

10. A Small Treat

You’ll be more likely to stay on a healthy diet if you allow yourself a small treat every now and then.  But don’t binge; that’s no good.  As you eat healthier, you’ll find too many treats drag you down.