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5 Surprising Superfoods You Should Be Eating

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    Bamboo Shoots

    Why? A great low-calorie, high-fiber veggie packed with antioxidants that help ward off cancer-causing free radicals.

    How to Enjoy: Find bamboo shoots in the canned-food section of your supermarket. Add to salads, stir-fries, and soups.

     
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    Pumpkin Seeds

    Why? Rich in protein and phytosterols, these little treats have been shown to reduce levels of harmful LDL cholesterol.

    How to Enjoy: Eat them plain for an afternoon snack or sprinkle some on top of your salad for added crunch.

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    Swiss Chard

    Why? This leafy green is loaded with potassium, which helps to balance electrolytes and prevent muscle cramps.

    How to Enjoy: Simply saute Swiss chard and garlic in olive oil for a delicious side dish.

     
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    Kiwis

    Why? Kiwis have more immune-system-strengthening vitamin C than grapefruits, oranges, or strawberries.

    How to Enjoy: Switch out your usual berries with kiwis to put on Greek yogurt, or toss them in your favorite salad.

  • Beets

    Why? Beets are rich in folic acid, which has been show to lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid in blood linked to heart disease.

    How to Enjoy: Roast beets to bring out their sweetness. Drizzle them with olive oil and place in a 375-degree oven for 30 minutes to an hour.

    Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2011.

     
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