Get More From Your Meals

Turn plain ol' snacks and meals into nutrient-packed powerhouses with these simple swaps (13 Photos)

Camille Noe Pagn on Feb 14, 2011 at 4:02PM

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Breakfast: Instant Oatmeal

Smart swap: Trade instant oats for the old fashioned kind. “Because they’re less processed, old fashioned oats are digested more slowly, which means you’ll be even less likely to get blood sugar spikes that make you cranky and hungry,” explains Somer.

Make it even better: Top your oatmeal with two tablespoons of dried cherries, suggests Somer. Not only will you get a flavor punch, recent studies have shown that eating cherries may reduce inflammation that contributes to arthritis, and may ease post-workout pain, too.

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