When it comes to eating fruits and veggies, straying from the “same old, same old” may help you age less, according to new research.

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that a diet with eight to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables representing 18 plant families was more effective in preventing DNA damage than one with the same number of servings from only eight plant families.

Healthy Meal Ideas: Getting Creative for Better Health

Beat tastebud boredom and slow the hands of time by stocking your freezer with a wide variety of organic, flash-frozen fruits and veggies.

And vary your cuisine by making creative substitutions. Try hearts of palm in place of artichoke hearts, arugula instead of spinach, green mangoes instead of tomatoes.

Healthy Meal Ideas with Unappreciated Veggies

Pack more DNA-protecting power (and pleasure) into mealtime with these quick and delicious recipes:

  • Halibut with Artichoke Pesto
  • Artichoke, Fennel and Tricolor Tomato Salad
  • Chickpea & Heart of Palm Salad