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Turn your meals into disease-fighting partners

Here are four ideas for making minor changes in your recipes that can improve your health.

Risotto: Use pearl barley instead of white rice or risotto. The nutty consistency is close to risotto, plus your reward is increased soluble fiber which can reduce cholesterol and lower risk of heart disease.

Mashed Potatoes: Substitute pureed cauliflower. Besides tasting very much like mashed potatoes, you can eat as much as you want without a guilty conscience. The benefit: Cauliflower contains phytochemicals that help prevent colon and stomach cancer.



Coleslaw: Instead of mayonnaise, use mustard powder, celery seed and rice wine vinegar dressing. Your advantage: the benefits of a powerful cruciferous vegetable, cabbage, and none of the artery-clogging fat of traditional slaw.

Cheesecake: Use fat-free source cream and cream cheese. Taste may even be improved plus you can eat guilt-free. Top the cheesecake with berries that are chock-full of disease-fighting anti-oxidants.




Source: “Make Over Your Meals,” Life, Oct. 6, 2006


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