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Green Tea + Lemon = A Healthier Heart | Stay-Well Strategy: After brewing yourself a cup of green tea, squeeze in the juice of one whole lemon (you can also use an orange, lime or grapefruit, all runners-up in the study). Don’t want to DIY? Look for bottled green teas that list “ascorbic acid” (also known as vitamin C) among their ingredients. Scientists say the vitamin C in citrus fruits can also improve catechin absorption. | From: ivillage.com

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Red Bell Peppers + Black Beans = Improved Immunity | Stay-Well Strategy: In one study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women absorbed nearly three times more iron from their meal by adding just 63 milligrams of vitamin C. This amount translates into about a half cup of chopped red bell peppers. To tap into their healing powers, toss these health-enhancing peppers into your next pot of chili. | From: ivillage.com

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Yogurt + Blueberries = A Stronger Body | Stay-Well Strategy: If you’re doing intense exercise and need to be at the top of your game, be especially speedy about eating this recovery snack. Why? Your body’s most efficient at stashing away glycogen in the first 15 minutes after your workout, says Magee. | From: ivillage.com

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Dynamic Duos: 14 Food Combos That Can Improve Your Life. Want better skin, a stronger skeleton, or a slimmer waistline? There's a food pairing out there that can help you get it.

Broccoli + Tomatoes = Cancer Control | Stay-Well Strategy: The amount of produce used in the study translates to about one and a half cups of broccoli and two and a half cups of fresh tomato (or one cup of tomato sauce). To tap into their potent powers, order a pizza generously topped with broccoli or sprinkle some florets over your next plate of spaghetti. | From: ivillage.com

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Green Tea + Black Pepper = A Whittled Waistline | Stay-Well Strategy: Studies say as little as a half-teaspoon of black pepper can increase the absorption of tea’s beneficial compounds, so brew a cup of tea to sip, then take out your mill and get grinding! | From: ivillage.com

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Apricots + Almonds =  A Tip-Top Ticker | Stay-Well Strategy: For a satisfying, heart-healthy snack, combine a quarter-cup each of dried apricots and raw almonds. | From: ivillage.com

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Extra-Virgin Olive Oil + Tomatoes = Disease Defense | Stay-Well Strategy: Mix a little olive oil in your next marinara. You’ll get a bigger phytochemical punch with cooked tomatoes (leave the skin on, since it’s loaded with them). Extra virgin olive oil is the least processed form, so it contains the most beneficial compounds, says Magee. Just store it away from heat and light to prevent it from going rancid. | From: ivillage.com

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Avocado + Green Salad = Complexion Protection | Stay-Well Strategy: To nab this nutrition perk, slice a half of an avocado into your next green salad. | From: ivillage.com

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Cinnamon + Whole Grain Toast = Increased Energy and Speedier Slimming |  Stay-Well Strategy: For a healthier version of that childhood staple, cinnamon toast, use whole grain bread, trans-free margarine and a study-backed teaspoon of cinnamon. Note: Experts say you’ll nab more protective compounds if your cinnamon is fresh: Whole sticks last up to a year, ground cinnamon for six months. | From: ivillage.com

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Cinnamon + Whole Grain Toast = Increased Energy and Speedier Slimming Sprinkling on this spice may help keep your blood sugar at a healthier level, which prevents dips in your energy and spikes in your hunger level, says Sass.

Radicchio + Kale = A Stronger Skeleton | Stay-Well Strategy: To shore up your skeleton, toss these tasty greens together in a salad. | From: ivillage.com

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Eggs + Mango = A Firmer Facade | Stay-Well Strategy: To give a boost to your next breakfast, pair an omelet with a cup of fresh mango chunks, which supply nearly an entire day’s supply of vitamin C. | From: ivillage.com

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Garlic + Onions = Head to Toe Protection | Stay-Well Strategy: Cooked together, they make a delicious base for soups and sauces or simply sauté veggies like broccoli in a mix of olive oil, garlic, and onions. | From: ivillage.com

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Garlic + Onions = Head to Toe Protection

Oatmeal + Strawberries = A Healthier Heart | Stay-Well Strategy: Enjoy a half cup of sliced strawberries with your morning bowl of oatmeal. | From: ivillage.com

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Yogurt + Bran Cereal = Better Digestion | Stay-Well Strategy: To get in on this good-gut action, first look for probiotic-rich yogurts that sport the label “live and active cultures.”  Then, mix one cup of this yogurt with three quarters of a cup of wheat bran cereal. | From: ivillage.com

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