Food plate

FRUITS

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Fruits are great for hydration and they’re a fantastic source of fiber, potassium, and antioxidants. Apples, oranges, blueberries, and blackberries are some of the most nutritious.
Tip: Starting your day with a fruit smoothie is a great way to get your daily servings of fruit.

VEGETABLES

 

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Vegetables are pretty much the healthiest foods on the planet. Some of the most nutrition-packed are kale, broccoli, spinach, and peppers.
Tip: Eat the rainbow! The varying, vibrant colors invegetables exist because of the thousands of healthful phytonutrients.

NUTS AND SEEDS

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Nuts and seeds are not only a great source of proteinand iron, they also support a healthy immune system. Some of the best sources are peanut butter, walnuts, almonds, and pumpkin seeds.
Tip: Grab a handful of almonds as a satisfying, midday snack.

BEANS AND LENTILS

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Beans and lentils provide a hefty dose of protein, and many are also a great source of iron. Kidney beans, split peas, and tofu (tofu is made of soybeans) are some of the best sources.
Tip: Always keep an open can of beans in the refrigerator for salads and snacks.

GRAINS & STARCHY VEGETABLES

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Grains and starchy vegetables are a great source offiber, iron, and protein. Brown rice, pasta, oatmeal, and sweet potatoes are a few of the healthiest options.
Tip: Whole grains are less processed and more nutritious than refined white grains.

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