We hear many times people saying that they are fed up of eating the same food every day at the dinner table. Many of us also spend hours and hours in the food stores looking at the ingredients of food packs; find an unfamiliar ingredient, afraid of trying new foods end up buying the same old regular food items again and again.
Fear of eating unfamiliar foods is called “food neophobia”. Scared of trying new foods, many of us avoid healthy food. It is important to give them a chance to boost our health.
Some of the food items which seem strange but healthy are:
Kale: A coarse curly-leafed cabbage with bushy appearance. It is rich in fibre, calcium, iron and vitamin A, C and K. It protects against many pulmonary diseases.
Quinoa: The difficulty in pronouncing it keeps many people away from it. These are edible grains rich in protein with nine amino acids.
Goji berries: These are dried red berries containing powerful antioxidants. It is a rich source of Vitamin A.
Hemp seeds or Hemp milk: Hemp seeds contain magnesium, iron, potassium and fibre plus several essential amino acids.
Kelp noodles: These are brown algae with leathery fronds. They are served raw and are packed with dietary fibre, Vitamin C, vitamin K, riboflavin, copper, zinc, calcium iron magnesium and manganese. They are very low in cholesterol.
Nori: It is a sea weed with the highest amount of nutrition. They are also called as “Flavour of Japan”. It contains iron, calcium and fibre. The amount of protein is much more than the soybeans.
Prunes: These are dried plums. These are Very good for heart health and also contain cancer fighting antioxidants. It is rich in fibre and potassium.
Cacao nibs: Cacao is the source of chocolate and cacao products. These are the good source of beta-carotene, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium and magnesium.
Wheat germ and flax: Food with a nutty taste, rich in fibre.
Gluten-free granola: Made out of whole grains like oats, nuts, seeds and raisins. It is a good source of fibre and protein. It is good for those people who want to avoid gluten.
Ghee: Mainly used in Indian food. Ghee is produced when butter is boiled to remove the moisture. It is incorporated with many foods because of its delicious flavour and nutty taste.
Food is essential for life so why not try different foods and bring variety to daily life.