We asked, you delivered! Facebook fans' favorite healthy foods
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We wanted to see what healthy foods our readers are loving, so we took to Facebook to get their current favorites. At the conclusion of our oh-so-scientific poll, Greek yogurt came out on top as Facebook readers' No. 1 favorite healthy food. This healthy food is delicious, nutritious, and versatile: From frosting to salad dressing, this food works in almost any dish. Our current fave? As a marinade for meat! Grilling season may still seem far off, but that just means you have more time to perfect your signature marinades now.
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Almonds were another popular choice, coming in at No. 2 on the list (tied with peanut butter). Rich in vitamin E, magnesium, and healthy monounsaturated fats, a handful of almonds makes the perfect afternoon snack. They're also a key ingredient in the almond biscotti recipe pictured to the left, which is great for breakfast or with coffee or tea as a snack.
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Who says peanut butter's not healthy? Full of monounsaturated fats and protein, peanut butter makes a great addition to any diet, as long as you consume it in moderation. While peanut butter is delicious in any form, we can't get enough of these peanut butter and oatmeal cookies (left).
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Salmon is a great addition to any healthy diet, especially if you're trying to increase your protein intake. Give your fish a flavor boost with rosemary, thyme, and oregano for a restaurant-worthy dinner recipe without the calories.
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Potatoes often get a bad rap as being unhealthy, but they're pretty packed with nutrients. Besides being rich in potassium, which helps keep blood pressure under control, they're full of fiber, B and C vitamins, and they contain resistant starch, a carbohydrate that can turn you into a fat-burning machine. The next time you're craving a baked potato, swap it out for a twice-baked sweet potato (for an extra iron boost) and enjoy!
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If you're getting tired of the same old salad you've been eating day after day, try swapping out lettuce or spinach for the superfood quinoa. Toss it together with some kalamata olives, tomatoes, and feta cheese, and voila! You've got a Greek quinoa salad.
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When it comes to healthy living, the name of the game is moderation. So life just wouldn't be complete without chocolate once in a while. Dark chocolate was another reader favorite of our Facebook poll. When the craving for chocolate hits, go for luxurious dark chocolate, cherries, and nuts to make a dark chocolate cherry bark (pictured left) that only sounds high in calories.
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Here at SHAPE, we believe there's (almost) no such thing as too much hummus, and our readers agree! Hummus was another Facebook favorite. For the days when you need a break from the stove, whip up a batch of hummus (we love the holy deliciousness recipe shown at the left from food blogger Caitlin Boyle) and enjoy on toast, pasta, or as a dip for your carrots and celery.
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Antioxidant-filled blueberries should be a staple in all healthy kitchens. Blended together with flaxseeds, whey protein, and a little bit of agave nectar, they make the perfect post-workout smoothie.
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Gotta love red wine! Although red wine-related research has recently come under fire, moderate consumption won't hurt, and in fact, could be key to leading a long and healthy life.
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One of the reasons high-protein, low-calorie eggs are so great is because they're so versatile—you can scramble them, poach them, boil them, and more. Seriously. We've counted at least 20 different ways you can eat eggs. But right now we're loving this baked egg cup recipe (shown at left) from supermodel Chrissy Teigen.
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Ahh, spinach. Whether it's blended into a smoothie, baked into pasta, or put in a salad, there's no way you can go wrong with this superfood. But with March Madness just around the corner, our favorite way to eat it is in the form of spinach-artichoke dip. Give this party favorite a healthy makeover and serve it at your next watch party!