Good vs Better

Good:  Romaine Lettuce

Better:  Fresh Spinach

Why:  Spinach has additional sight-sharpening nutrients, lutein and zeaxanthin, bone-building calcium, and immune-boosting vitamins C & K.

Better:  Red Peppers

Why:  Red Peppers outrank their green cousins in heart-helping potassium, vitamin C, folate, & beta-carotene

Good:  Baking Potato

Better:  Sweet Potato

Why:  Sweet Potatoes have almost 30% more fiber and 3x more calcium and it’s loaded with beta-carotene.

Good:  Pecans

Better:  Walnuts

Why:  Walnuts are slightly lower in fat & higher in calcium, magnesium, folate, and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Good:  Blueberries

Better:  Blackberries

Why:  Blackberries have 22 fewer calories per cup, but 2x the beneficial fiber, 4x the calcium, and 2x the vitamin C than blueberries.

Good:  Brown Rice

Better:  Wild Rice

Why:  Wild Rice has 52 fewer calories per cup, 2x the immune-boosting zinc and more than 5x the folate of brown rice.

Good:  Reduced-Fat Sour Cream

Better:  Fat-Free Plain Yogurt

Why:  Per 1/2 cup serving, yogurt has 1/2 the calories, less fat, more calcium & folate.

Good:  Dried Plums

Better:  Dried Figs

Why:  Dried Figs possess more fiber & folate, 84 grams more calcium and 23 fewer calories per 1/2 cup serving.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Linda Warren
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 20:55:04

    Great tips! Love your blog!

    Reply

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