Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can help you ward off heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancer. Include dark green, leafy vegetables, yellow, orange and red fruits and veggies, cooked tomatoes and citrus fruits. If you consume 2,000 calories a day, aim for at least nine servings or 41/2 cups of fruits and vegetables.
Try mangos and sweet potatoes. Mangos are high in fiber, have no cholesterol or saturated fat and are high in potassium and beta-carotene. They help replenish energy. Sweet potatoes are the most nutritious and heart-healthy vegetable, according to the National Center for Science in the Public Interest. They’re fat-free, cholesterol-free, low in sodium and high in fiber. Besides the great taste, the sweet potato is a wonderful source of vitamins A, C and E. Cumin is a good source of iron and cumin seeds promote a healthy digestive system.
Spring Salad with Chutney Dressing and Sweet Potato-Cumin Crisps
1 (9-ounce) bottle mango chutney (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream or mayonnaise
1/2 cup plain lowfat yogurt
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro or mint
8 to 10 cups mixed spring...