Friday, May 11, 2012

Adventurous Eating

I love to try new foods, no matter how outrageous or disgusting they might seem. If you are a picky eater, this post probably isn’t for you… but if you’re open minded when it comes to your palate, you may be interested in a few of these unusual but very healthy dishes. Slimming down for summer doesn’t have to mean boiled chicken and veggies. Think outside the box and you might find some very healthy and very unusual options.
Healthy doesn't have to equal boring

Blood Sausage- Also called black pudding and here in Spain, morcilla, this delicious (and considerably healthy) comfort food is worth trying. It is what it sounds like- a sausage made from blood, but if you eat McDonald’s chicken you’ve definitely ingested worse. It turns out the sausage is much healthier than other types of sausage and is almost completely carb free. Since it is made from blood (just don’t think about it) it has a high concentration of iron, which many women are lacking!

Mind over matter... it's actually pretty good!
 Wheat Grass- I once posted this picture on facebook, and received a comment to the tone of, “that looks like poison”. I agree, but you can’t beat the health benefits of wheat grass. Cancer fighting and detoxifying, wheat grass also has a high concentration of vitamin B12 which gives you energy. My husband and I grow our own and grind it up into a tiny shot each. While you can usually get some type of wheat grass shot at Jamba Juice, I highly recommend growing, and making, your own since it is completely organic and doesn’t include any added colors or flavors.                              
Grow it

Grind it

Drink it!
      Cod Liver Oil- Just the name of this one makes it sound gross, but it’s actually just the opposite. The oil itself smells like rotting fish, but you can take it in capsule form to skip the stank. Like all fish oils, it is high in omega-3 and it helps to ease joint pain. Cod liver oil also helps improve the condition of your bones, skin, hair and nails. If you do decide to include this supplement in your diet, be sure to monitor your intake of vitamins A and D, as it has a high concentration of both.

Great skin starts with good health!
 Goji Berries- Goji berries have become somewhat cliché since a few ponzi schemes started marketing juices that contained these mystical berries. In actuality, they are a super food packed with nutritious goodness and praised for their high levels of antioxidants and vitamins. Like most other berries, you can’t trust the juice label, and you’re better off buying the dried berries and sprinkling them on a salad or eating a handful as a snack.
Don't let the hype fool you, Goji berries actually are a superfood
Marmite- This yeast spread is popular in Australia and New Zealand as well as in the UK. Normally eaten on toast or crackers, marmite has a very strong taste and isn’t for everyone.  Despite its taste, many people eat it solely for its health benefits. Not only is it a good source of vitamins, but it’s also full of protein, so it can be a good alternative to peanut butter on your morning toast. 
You either love it or hate it, but your body loves it!

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