Be Healthy in 20 Years: Five Easy Ways to Fill Meals with Antioxidants

by Sara Reistad-Long
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Use mustard on a sandwich Mustard seeds pack an antioxidant wallop.

Add pesto to pasta It may seem like an indulgence, but pesto is rich in both nuts and spices. The fresh olive oil, too, bumps up the nutritional value.

Top a cup of yogurt with dark-chocolate shavings, berries or walnuts This simple move can send antioxidant levels skyrocketing, according to nutrition researcher Monica Carlsen of the University of Oslo.

Rub spice mixes on red meat or add to popcorn A UCLA study found that seasoning hamburgers with a blend of paprika, cumin, ginger, garlic, oregano and rosemary reduced the amount of oxidized fat formed on the meat by 70 percent. For a change of pace, use spices on your popcorn, which itself contains antioxidants known as flavonoids.

Drizzle maple syrup on waffles and pancakes This is tree sap, after all, so it’s full of plant-derived antioxidants. Make sure you buy pure maple syrup and not a product that has added sweeteners like corn syrup. 
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First published in the May 2012 issue

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