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Have you gotten into a healthy-eating rut? Are you looking for a way to rev up your diet? Then add an extra punch to your diet with some nutritionally charged foods.

“Balance, variety and moderation are an important recipe when you’re choosing foods to fuel your body,” says Carrie Der Garabedian, MBA, RD, Madera Community Hospital’s nutrition resources director (RD, or registered dietitian, is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements, including earning a Bachelor’s degree and passing a national examination administered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association).

Some things are just better together; for instance, peanut butter on whole wheat toast. When it comes to healthy eating, combining foods not only treats your taste buds, but it is also a great way to unlock a host of benefits for your body. Adding healthy vegetables, fruits and combining food to your diet are said to help lower the risk of many diseases. Here is a look at the benefits of paring some favorite foods.

Tomatoes together with avocado are reported to reduce cancer risk. When you combine a good fat (such as avocado), with a rich source of lycopene, (the fat-soluble antioxidant in the tomato), it enhances your body’s ability to absorb more antioxidants linked with reducing cancer risk. Consumption of lycopene has also been associated with lower cardiovascular disease...


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