Most of us are creatures of habit. We find comfort in doing the same things, in the same way, over and over again.
Which means it’s easy to fall into a rut from time to time. And it’s especially true when it comes to what we eat.
Of course, that’s not always a bad thing when those choices are healthy ones. And I have a hunch since you’re reading this, many of your go to choices are good for you too.
So go right ahead and keep eating them, there’s no reason to stop.
But if they’re ALL you eat, chances are you’re missing out on some other delicious, and super healthy foods. Which means it’s time to step out of your comfort zone to try something new.
4 unusual SUPER healthy foods to try
Don’t worry. I’m not going to encourage you to eat Haggis or Bird’s Nest Soup. But I AM going to suggest your try some less exotic, but still slightly unusual, foods.
Following are four super healthy foods you’ve probably never tried, but should.
They aren’t just delicious and good for you, either. Researchers tell us being open to new experiences, and trying new things, is associated with living longer.
In other words, throwing caution to wind from time to time could be a way to add extra days to your life calendar.
The pluot is a delicious hybrid of a plum and apricot. Which means you get the nutritional benefits, and the delicious flavors, of both in one fruit. And don’t worry pluots aren’t genetically modified. They’re made using traditional cross breeding hand pollination.
Pluots are packed with antioxidants which can help protect against cancer and age-related macular degeneration. They’re rich in potassium for better blood pressure. They contain a surprising amount of immune building vitamin C for such a small fruit. And they’re a good source of heart-friendly fiber which also helps maintain regularity.
At only 80 calories per fruit, pluots are a great snack if you’re watching your weight. And although they’re relatively high in natural fructose, their fiber content helps slow down its absorption so they have a low to moderate glycemic index. Which means folks who are watching their blood sugar can often eat them in moderation too.
You can eat fresh pluots just like a plum. Or throw them on the grill for a perfect ending to a cookout.
The first time you see a rambutan you might wonder if you’re looking at a pod from outer space. Strange red and green spikey “hairs” cover the little round fruits. But I assure you this unusual tropical fruit grows right here on Earth. And it’s delicious.
Once you’ve peeled off the exotic looking skin, you’ll find a white fleshy fruit. Folks describe rambutan as tasting like a refreshing mix of strawberries and grapes.
Rambutans are loaded with vitamin C to help boost immunity and fight premature aging. And this fun fruit is an excellent source of minerals your body needs including copper, iron and phosphorus.
Pronounced free-kah, this ancient grain, has been around for centuries. But it’s just starting to make waves here in the U.S.
When compared to quinoa, another popular whole grain, freekeh has more protein, more fiber, and a lower rating on the glycemic index for better blood sugar control. Plus, the fiber in freekeh is prebiotic, so it feeds your good gut bugs. And because it’s high in lutein and zeaxanthin, this tasty grain can help protect your eyes.
Freekeh is as easy to prepare as any other grain you make. You can add it to soups, salads or anywhere which you’d typically use quinoa or brown rice. Some folks even eat freekeh as a hot cereal in the morning. But if you’re gluten sensitive, skip this one since it’s a form of wheat.
It sounds like a cute street to live on in suburbia. Or perhaps a preppy clothing brand. But purslane is actually a nutrition-packed green that deserves a spot on your menu.
Technically, purslane is a weed. And if you happen to know a bit about plants, you might already be familiar with this hearty succulent. Wild purslane is often found growing where folks don’t want it to be, such as in sidewalk cracks or curated gardens.
But what you might not know is that purslane is also a staple vegetable in many cultures around the world. With a taste similar to watercress or spinach, purslane is delicious on sandwiches or used in stir fries or soups.
This leafy green is overflowing with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients. Which means it’s good for your body from top to bottom supporting a healthy heart, skin, eyes, bones and digestive system.
Look for purslane at your local farmer’s market or local Mexican market. You can also buy seeds to grow your own at home. Just be sure to keep it contained, or your neighbor may end up with a yard full of purslane too.
Step out of your comfort zone this summer and try something new. You’ll love the taste of these four unusual, super healthy foods. And you can feel great about eating them too.
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