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Grab Your Apron and Improve Your Mental Health

Charlyn Fargo on

A: Antioxidants are substances that can help prevent or slow oxidative stress to your cells. They are the antidote to free radicals from the environment that can cause damage to cells and accelerate the aging process, which in turn can raise the risk of cardiovascular and eye diseases and some cancers. The simplest way to get plenty of antioxidants is to eat lots of different fruits, vegetables, whole grains and plant-based foods. Brightly colored foods and foods with strong flavors (garlic, onions) are foods that are high in antioxidants. Eat at least 4 1/2 cups of produce daily, having a serving with every meal and snack.

RECIPE

I often grab a sheet pan to roast vegetables, add a fillet of fish or chicken, drizzle it all with olive oil and garlic, cook it in a hot oven and have dinner ready in 20 to 30 minutes. You can use that same recipe idea for breakfast. Here's a recipe for sheet-pan eggs with spinach and ham from Cooking Light. It's a great brunch idea or a way to meal-prep a week of healthy breakfasts.

SHEET-PAN EGGS WITH SPINACH AND HAM

Cooking spray

18 large eggs

 

1/4 cup 2% reduced-fat milk

1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

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