New “super foods” are popping up all the time, and it’s hard to keep track of which foods would make great additions to your diet and which foods are simply just a trend. Rest assured knowing these three foods make great staples to a healthy diet—and are here to stay.
Yes, quinoa has been a craze for years now, but in case you haven’t jumped on the pseudo-cereal’s bandwagon just yet, consider quinoa for your next meal. The grain is packed with amino acids, making it a great source of protein. Unlike many grains, which are usually high in carbohydrates but lack protein and healthy fats, quinoa packs a protein punch and is a source of monounsaturated fat.
The grain also contains iron, manganese, and magnesium, making it a mineral-rich grain option. Quinoa’s vitamin B2 content is also remarkably high for a grain, which aides in the metabolism of carbohydrates.
Finally, quinoa is extremely fiber-rich, so rather than spiking your glucose levels like many grains (such as rice), quinoa can make you feel full longer and keep your glucose levels steady.
Maybe you were forced to eat them as a kid and held a grudge ever since, but there really is no vegetable quite like the nutrient-packed Brussels sprout. The sprout is in the same family as broccoli, kale, and chards, but Brussels sprouts take the cake with their high anti-oxidant content, great source of vitamins A, C and K, and impressive protein levels.
Brussels sprouts are also a high-fiber, low-glycemic food, which means they help with digestion and keep your blood sugar levels steady. This and the fact that Brussels sprouts provide ample nutrition with just 43 kilocalories per a 100-gram serving makes them a great go-to vegetable if managing your weight.
Even if weight-loss is not your goal, Brussels sprouts are packed with antioxidants that may protect you against cancer, as one study has shown. The vegetable also has been found to lower cholesterol, and its high levels of potassium can help lower blood pressure. With all these benefits to eating Brussels sprouts, you may feel a little better about eating them back in childhood, and with a plethora of recipes online, there are some ways to make Brussels sprouts both nutritious and delicious.
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This may come as a surprise to you, but did you know that besides being a great companion to sausages, sauerkraut is actually great for you? Sauerkraut, which is fermented cabbage, is packed with probiotics, antioxidants, and plenty of fiber. Sauerkraut is a great source of iron, helping with blood oxygen and circulation, and its high vitamin A levels, which make it a great antioxidant—sauerkraut has even been linked to cancer-fighting properties.
Possibly the best thing about sauerkraut is that it’s fermented. While it may just be seen as a side or a garnish, fermented foods like sauerkraut are great for you, and should be part of a balanced diet. Fermented foods help with digestion by providing important probiotics to your stomach, balancing the flora in your gut. Furthermore, recent research on the stomach-brain connection have found that eating fermented foods may even help your brain, improving moods and fighting off mental illnesses. What’s not to love about this sour side?
Now I know that this can be difficult to find in the shops. In fact I have no idea where to buy other than in a German restaurant to be honest; but you can make it yourself VERY easily here.