ArameWhat's the most unusual thing you've seen at the grocery store recently? I still want to know what cow colostrum is doing in the dairy section (you know, the stuff that mothers--of all species--produce before their milk comes in--sorry, don't want to nauseate you!)? Anyway, I've assembled a list of unusual, non-gross, foods that we all should consider getting to know a little better...
Arame: Ara-what? Chances are good that you haven't heard of this unique sea-vegetable, but now that you have, time to get acquainted. Harvested off the coast of Japan, arame is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Add it to salad or soup for an extra boost of nutrition.
Yerba Mate: It's tea, with a really weird name. But its health benefits may not be so weird. According to MSNBC, "a 2004 study conducted at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana found that mate's high antioxidant content promotes cell survival better than red wine or green tea. Mate also contains caffeine; xanthine alkaloids (including a mood elevator and muscle relaxant found in chocolate)."
Amaranth: Nope, not another sea vegetable. This one's a grain. LIME describe's this peppery, high-protein grain like this: "...Amaranth has a higher fiber content than wheat and contains other nutrients like calcium, iron, potassium and vitamins A and C. It's very easily digestible, which makes it good for those recovering from an illness." See what the Diet Detective had to say about Amaranth here.
Cocoa Nibs: Before chocolate becomes chocolate, it originates from the humble cocoa bean. And that's exactly what cocoa nibs are: roasted bits of cocoa beans, before they are ground down. Loaded with antioxidants, cocoa nibs are a great addition to cookies, smoothies, or grind them up with your coffee beans for added antioxidants and a kick of cocoa to your coffee (I do this sometimes, and it's really good!). You can find cocoa nibs at many grocery stores these days. Whole Foods carries them.
Kohlrabi: Chances are good that this odd-looking veggie is hanging out at your local grocery story right now, but you've probably never seen it. A cousin of cabbage and broccoli, kohlrabi is turnip-like root vegetable that is either light green or purple and white striped. It has a crisp apple/radish-like flavor and is an excellent addition to salads--or saute in a stir-fry. Best part: Kohlrabi is packed with nutrients--most notably, vitamin C and potassium, along with lots of cancer-fighting phytochemicals.
What weird, healthy foods have you discovered recently?
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