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Improve Your Bone Health

A Couple of Snacks

Lean proteins and whole grains are key to a healthy diet, but they're usually highly acidic—and excess acid breaks down bone. To maintain a balance, bulk up on fruits and veggies, which contain alkaline compounds (the opposite of acids). Get two of your five daily servings by making the following easy, delicious recipes. Try 1/2 cup of the fruit as a midmorning snack and 1/2 cup of the veggies to ward off late-afternoon munchies.

Fresh fruit salad with pomegranate syrup

Makes 8 cups
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes

Grilled vegetables with red pepper sauce

Makes 6 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Grill: 12 minutes per batch
Cook: 5 minutes


Originally published in the May 2009 issue of Family Circle magazine.