Learn health information about some of our favorite ingredients then put them to use in eight delicious recipes.
1. BAY SCALLOPS are a nice way to get protein, and they're low in saturated fat and carbohydrates. The scallops are a good source of calcium and magnesium, which help maintain healthy bones.
Use them in: Linguine with Bay Scallops, Fennel, and Tomatoes
2. CHERRY TOMATOES contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that studies indicate may help prevent several types of cancer.
Use them in: Spice-Rubbed Steak with White Beans and Cherry Tomatoes
3. RED CABBAGE is rich in vitamin C, a famed antioxidant and immune-system booster. It's also full of anthocyanins, plant compounds that may help brain function, heart health, and metabolism.
Use it in: Caraway Chicken Breasts with Sweet-and-Sour Red Cabbage
4. KIDNEY BEANS are a good source of low-fat protein. They're rich in heart-healthy dietary fiber, as well as folate, which may help prevent heart disease and birth defects.
Use them in: Red Bean and Sausage Cakes with Poached Eggs and Cilantro Salsa
5. SALMON's omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to increase good cholesterol and lower triglyceride levels. Omega-3s may also help lower blood pressure. Studies have linked them to a lowered risk of Alzheimer's disease, too.
Use it in: Balsamic Glazed Salmon with Spinach, Olives, and Golden Raisins
6. SPINACH has been shown to contain at least 13 cancer-fighting compounds. It's rich in vitamin K, which helps maintain healthy bones.
Use it in: Asian Spinach Salad with Orange and Avocado
7. WHITE BEANS are an excellent source of dietary fiber, magnesium, and folate, all of which have been shown to help fight heart disease. For pregnant women, a diet rich in folate has also been shown to lower the incidence of birth defects.
Use them in: White Bean and Pasta Soup
8. An ounce of ALMONDS provides half the daily recommended dose of vitamin E, an antioxidant that boosts healthy skin and circulation.
Use them in: Chocolate, Almond, and Banana Parfaits (hey, sometimes you gotta have a treat)
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