What you eat is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Fighting the urge to stop for fast food not only saves you money, it can save your life. You might remember the old jingle from a popular fast food outlet. It cleverly sang the seven ingredients on their signature burger.
That burger actually contained more than 70 ingredients, many of which are nearly impossible to pronounce.
That makes fresh, whole foods look even more appealing doesn’t it?
Now here’s some even better news. Like peanut butter (a natural brand with low salt and no hydrogenated oils) and jelly (preferably homemade) some things just go good together.
In fact, certain food combinations will actually increase the potency of the nutrients when eaten together. The sum really is greater than its parts.
Let’s look at some of these tasty combos, some of which you may have been eating all along and a few you may have never even considered.
Food Combinations You Are Gonna Love
1. Tea and Fish
Do you love tuna and salmon but worry about the increasing levels of mercury found in seafood from industrial pollution? food combinations
A study out of Purdue University discovered that drinking green or black tea when you eat fish may block this toxin from being absorbed into your bloodstream. Take a sip – hot or iced – and enjoy your meal. Lemon is optional.
2. Turmeric & Black Pepper
If you love spicy food – you’re going to love this. Turmeric is the tangy spice used in curry dishes. It’s has been touted for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties for centuries. Research showed turmeric to have anti-cancer properties through a process called anti-angiogenesis.
The downside to turmeric is it has a low bio=availability, meaning it isn’t easily absorbed into the body. Adding simple pepper increases turmeric’s bio-availability by 2000%. Enjoy all the curry you want – your eyes may water but your body will thank you.
3. Tomatoes & Avocado’s
Tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene – a powerful antioxidant that gives them their bright red color. Alone, they are a delicious and healthy addition to any meal but research from Ohio State University showed that adding avocado’s to the mix increases the potency of their lycopene by a factor of four.
Avocado’s contain monounsaturated fats that naturally boost the cancer-fighting abilities of tomatoes. Whether in a salad or salsa this is a combination too good to pass up.
4. Red Meat & Rosemary
For many of us, there’s no better way to enjoy a summer evening than to fire up the grill and cook a steak to perfection. Researchers discovered that grilling red meat over an open flame produces carcinogens. It’s true. Nothing is sacred.
Wait! You don’t have to hang up your tongs. Mix a little rosemary into your steak rub. Rosemary contains the antioxidants carsonic acid and rosmarinic acid. A study from Kansas State University found it lowers the cancer-causing heterocyclic amines (HCAs) in grilled red meat. Grillers return to your flames. The world is right again.
5. Salads with Oil & Vinegar
You need some fat with your salad. Did you roll your eyes? There is such a thing as “healthy fats” – and they are far better for you than those fat-free dressings filled with more chemicals than food products.
The lycopene in tomatoes and lutein in leafy greens are both fat-soluble. That means they’re better absorbed if eaten with healthy fats. An olive oil and vinegar mix gives a pleasant tang to your salad while providing the healthy monounsaturated fat that your body needs – without all those ingredients you can’t pronounce.
6. Apples & Oranges (or grapes, blueberries, cranberries, bananas…)
Fruits are full of cancer-fighting antioxidants, but a study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that eating a mixture of fruits provided a greater antioxidant response per serving than eating just one.
The old saying holds true. Variety is not only the spice of life – it can prolong it.
7. Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter, & Milk
I am happily serious. However, this isn’t an excuse to run for the peanut butter cups.
First you need dark chocolate, the higher cacao content the better. Now it’s time for a natural peanut butter. A Hackensack University Medical study showed that the monounsaturated fats in peanut butter help your body absorb more vitamin D from milk than it would be able to on its own. It’s a win-win as long as you enjoy it in moderation.
These are just some of the food combinations that you can enjoy to bring more flavor and increased nutrition to your diet.
Enjoy every bite for a healthier, happier you.