We all try to be healthy. And we all know that there are certain foods out there that are much better for us than others. Superfoods the bloggers like to call them. But this isn’t just an ordinary blog post listing superfoods. It’s a blog post that lists five weird and wonderful foods that we all should be adding to our diet, but we’re probably not.
You may be familiar with these foods, you may not, but we promise that each one is packed with the good stuff. So get ready to tickle your tastebuds and enjoy some brand new and healthy flavours.
While this fruit may have seen a rise in popularity over the last few years, it still doesn’t get half of the attention it deserves. A few years ago, you probably would only have been able to find pomegranates in organic hipster stores or farmers markets, but now they’re making their way into mainstream supermarkets everywhere.
Why? Because it’s a superfruit that certainly lives up to its name. It’s jam-packed to the skin with antioxidants that will help combat the effects of free radicals. Eating the seeds is also said to help fight against cancer and heart disease.
How to eat: You can eat the seeds on their own, of course. But to incorporate them into your diet in a more tasty fashion, try sprinkling the seeds on top of a salad for a sweet zing to an office lunch.
2. Prawn heads
Fancy yourself a bit of a seafood connoisseur? No matter how much you enjoy it, we bet you still throw prawn heads in the bin during your food prep. We understand why you’d do this, but did you know that prawn heads actually contain a powerful antioxidant called astaxanthin, which is incredibly effective by the way.
How to eat: Try deep-frying or barbequing. Or mix into a soup or risotto.
If you like your sushi then you’re probably already familiar with seaweed, but it’s not just a side dish you can pick up on a conveyor belt when you head to the shopping mall.
Asian countries have been enjoying seaweed and its health benefits for centuries. Us Westerners are years behind as we’ve only just started adding it to our menus, but don’t worry, we’re catching up.
If you’re new to the scene, ‘seaweed’ doesn’t involve eating the stuff that you find washed up on the beach. Edible seaweed is actually somewhat of an umbrella term that encompasses dozens of marine plant species and even forms of algae from the ocean. Whether it’s green, brown or red, edible seaweed is renowned for being an amazing source of calcium, fibre, vitamins and minerals.
How to eat: Enjoy as a side to your sushi, or mix it into a salad or even a tasty stir fry.
4. Broccoli leaves
We all know that broccoli is a common superfood, and we all know that we should probably be eating more of it. But did you know that when you throw out the huge stalks and leaves you’re also throwing away nutrients?
28 grams of broccoli leaves is estimated to contain at least 90% of our recommended daily intake of vitamin A.
You won’t get the vitamins you need from peeling tiny leaves off the stalks – there’s not enough there – but you’ll probably be able to find full size broccoli leaves at your local market.
How to eat: Sautee the leaves as you would do with spinach. Just add a little oil and garlic to a pan and cook ‘til they are wilted and tender. A dash of salt once cooked finishes them off perfectly.
5. Kiwi skins
Probably the most unusual food on the list, kiwis themselves are incredibly healthy in themselves – very high in fibre and packed with more vitamin C than oranges. But the skin itself, which you probably toss aside or peel away, contains flavonoid compounds that work against free radicals and can even fight food poisoning bugs. We’d recommend buying organic kiwis and thoroughly washing with water before you chow down.
How to eat: Go the whole hog and eat it raw or blend to create your own homemade chutney.