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19 Jan

Smart Fuel

The Top 10 Smartest Foodspossibly even genius.

1. Broccoli

Why: Fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, flavor. Broccoli is an internal scrub-brush – and it tastes better than oatmeal.

2. Dark greens

Why: Again with the fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins. Greens ought to be the basis of every diet. Low in calories, high in nutrition, and disease-preventing.

3. Red bell peppers

Why: Like tomatoes (another great red veg), red bell peppers are loaded with antioxidants and may be a cancer-fighter.

4. Wild salmon

Why: Rich in protein, brain-boosting fat, and flavor. A cleaner source of protein than regular old chicken and hamburger. Be sure you pick this wild child.

5. Eggs

Why: High protein, valuable vitamins, enzymes and fat. An incredibly dense energy source. Buy the Omega-3 enhanced version for a morning boost of good fat!

6. Garlic

Why: Fresh garlic (not crushed, peeled or powdered) is a potent cancer-fighter and artery-scrubber. Loaded with antioxidants.

7. Berries

Why: Again with those antioxidants. Berries are one of the most vitamin-rich, free-radical fighting foods on earth. Blueberries are among the best.

8. Olive oil

Why: By now, everyone knows about the heart-healthy benefits of Omega-3 rich olive oil. But avocado oil, walnut oil, and coconut oil are also healthy choices. Use instead of butter, canola oil and corn or soybean oil.

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9. Apples

Why: I’m biased. But in fact, apples have more vitamin C than oranges, are high in fiber, and have one of the lowest glycemic index rankings of any fruit.

10. Tie-breaker: tea and almonds

Why: tea is rich in antioxidants and stimulates important immune functions. New evidence suggests that a little morning coffee is beneficial, too. And nuts like almonds are full of healthy fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

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