Everyday Enhancements: Bringing out the Best in Foods
by Staff
We all know that some foods taste great together, and some combos just don't work (orange juice and toothpaste, anyone?). But it can go much further than your taste buds. Some foods truly bring out the best in each other -- their health benefits multiply when they're eaten together. This quiz will give you some tips on what to pair up, whether you're looking to improve your health or just have a tasty meal.

You'll reap extra health benefits if you drink a glass of this kind of juice along with your morning oatmeal.

  • prune
  • apple
  • grape
  • orange
  • pineapple
  • cranberry

What's another good combo to have for breakfast?

  • pancakes and blueberries
  • whole-grain cereal and coffee
  • scrambled eggs and cantaloupe

Grilling a steak with a little bit of this herb is tasty -- and it could reduce the effects of the carcinogens that form on the meat when it's cooked over high heat.

  • parsley
  • basil
  • bay leaf
  • paprika
  • rosemary
  • oregano

This spice, found in many Indian dishes, has tumor-fighting effects.

  • coriander
  • turmeric
  • curry
  • cumin

Turmeric isn't all that effective when it's consumed alone. What can you add to turmeric that enhances its health benefits?

  • salt
  • coriander
  • anise
  • black pepper
  • cumin
  • red pepper

What's a good root vegetable to roast along with carrots and parsnips?

  • Brussels sprouts
  • turnips

Throw some of these in your guacamole to make it extra healthy.

  • onions
  • tomatoes
  • limes

What's a good cheese to pair with pears?

  • cheddar
  • blue
  • Swiss

In traditional Chinese medicine, which two food groups are the most important?

  • fruit and milk
  • grains and vegetables
  • meat and grains
  • fruit and vegetables
  • meat and fruit

According to Chinese medicine, what should you eat to counteract the negative effects of spicy fried food?

  • wheat and rice
  • carrots and celery
  • watermelon and grapefruit
  • peanut butter and sesame seeds

You're making a butternut squash dish with pancetta. What herb should you add?

  • rosemary
  • sage
  • thyme
  • dill
  • basil

You have some wild mushrooms you'd like to sautee with some herbs. What herb would work here?

  • anise
  • fennel seed
  • sage

You're snacking on an apple. What could you eat with it to improve your cardiovascular health?

  • milk
  • caramel
  • blueberries
  • cheddar cheese
  • chocolate

What's the best kind of bread to use for peanut butter sandwiches?

  • pumpernickel
  • white
  • whole wheat
  • French
  • pita

What's the perfect addition to a salmon dish to give your body more resistance to cancer?

  • zucchini
  • rutabaga
  • asparagus
  • edamame
  • green beans

If you're looking to boost your iron levels, you might want to add some of this to your salads.

  • lemon juice
  • green onions
  • jalapeno peppers
  • ginger
  • sesame seeds
  • almonds

While we're talking about salads, what else could you add that would bring out the vitamins in those leafy greens?

  • tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • pepper
  • walnuts

To get the most vitamin D out of your yogurt, what can you add to it?

  • almonds
  • raspberries
  • peanut butter

Fish is a great cholesterol-reducing food. What can you cook it with to make it even better?

  • sweet potatoes
  • basil
  • garlic
  • broccoli

Recent studies have shown that eating a variety of fruits together is much healthier than consuming them separately. What benefit do you get from eating a fruit salad instead of an apple?

  • more vitamin C
  • extra antioxidants
  • increased calcium absorption