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Top 5 Healthiest Foods

Cranberries

Delicious, tart and packed with vitamin C and lots of other antioxidants—which in case you’re wondering, help to slow the progression of aging and reduce inflammation. If that’s not enough reason for you to eat these by the crate-full, maybe their ability to help prevent cancer and heart disease is.

Just Eat It: They’re great in banana bread, muffin mix, salads, stuffing or hot oatmeal.

Butternut Squash

Orange, low calorie and endless health benefits. A great source of fiber, vitamin C and beta carotene. Keeps you regular down there, if you get what we’re saying, and protects against cancer, heart disease, inflammation and cataracts.

Just Eat It: Start your meal with a hot bowl of butternut squash soup. Or chop it up, drizzle with olive oil and roast.

Turkey Breast

The leanest of all poultry, even better when it’s skinless. Full of protein, a turkey meal can help stabilize blood sugars and keep you full longer. And it only has 1/3 of the calories of ground beef.

Just Eat It: Roasted turkey breast, maybe even stuffed with sundried tomatoes, olives and feta or turkey in a sandwich, salad or stir-fry.

Mandarin Oranges

Tiny, orange, good for you and smell like Christmas. Packed full of vitamin C that helps with in-bone health, iron absorption, healing wounds and immune function.

Just Eat It: Separate the wedges and bake with cloves, allspice and chicken breasts, add to salad or juice to make a low-calorie salad dressing.

Nuts

It’s OK if you’re nuts for nuts. They’re rich in protein and polyunsaturated fats that improve cholesterol levels and keep you full for longer. Try omega-3 fatty acid filled walnuts, flax and pumpkin seeds. They’ll help reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, depression, Alzheimer’s and arthritis.

Just Eat It: Add nuts with 2 Tbsp of ground flax seeds for a healthy smoothie, add some to stuffing or sprinkle over your morning cereal.

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