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4 Ways to Maximize Your Meals

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    Save Orange Peels

    Why: Citrus rinds are packed with flavonoids, which help fight harmful free radicals.

    Serve: Zest the peel (but not the bitter pith underneath) and add it to risotto, salad dressing or marinades.

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    Save Celery Leaves

    Why: An excellent source of vitamin C, they may lower unhealthy blood lipid levels.

    Serve: Chop the leaves and sub them for parsley in pasta dishes and stews or for cilantro in stir-fries.

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    Save Beet Greens

    Why: One cup supplies more than a quarter of your daily value of magnesium, potassium and vitamin A.

    Serve: Boil for one minute, dunk in ice water, squeeze out excess moisture, chop and sauté in olive oil with garlic.

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    Save Broccoli Stalks

    Why: Each one has four grams of fiber and 25 percent of the folate you need in a day.

    Serve: Slice off the tough outer layer. Cut the rest of the stalk carrot-stick-style and dip in yogurt seasoned with cumin and lemon juice.

    Originally published in FITNESS Magazine, February 2012.

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