Tuesday, January 10, 2012

What are the healthy foods in 2012

Why not take a more positive approach to changing eating habits for the better in 2012 and beyond? Instead of concentrating on what you can't eat, plan your eating pattern to include more nutrient-rich choices.
I reached out to my colleagues, some of the country's top health experts, and here's what they recommend you put on the menu in 2012 and every year.

Pumpkin. It's packed with antioxidants as well as immuneboosting vitamin A , and it's simple to incorporate into your everyday diet. Use canned pure pumpkin to work this super-nutritious vegetable onto the table any time of the day. Stir a cup into your favorite bean chili recipe; use 1/4 to 1/2 cup canned to replace some of the solid fat, such as margarine and butter, in recipes for baked goods; or add a few tablespoons of pureed pumpkin to fruit smoothies.

- Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD, and Liz Weiss, MS, RD, aka The Meal Makeover Moms (authors of No Whine With Dinner: 150 Kid-Tested Recipes from the Meal Makeover Moms)
Beans. Whether purchased in a can or bag, beans provide more nutritional and culinary versatility than any other food I know. They are one of the best natural sources of fiber you can bring to the table with an average of seven grams of fiber in every 1/2 cup serving of cooked beans. Beans are also a good-to-excellent source of six other vitamins and minerals including folate, potassium and iron.
When trying to meet the ChooseMyPlate recommendation to fill half your plate with produce, beans can help because they are vegetables. When you have plenty of other vegetables on your plate, your beans can count as a protein source instead. Now that's versatile!
-Robyn Flipse, MS, RD (co-author of The Wedding Dress Diet)

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**info from USATODAY

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