Eating certain foods at the same time affects
the way your body absorbs their nutrients.
Here’s something to keep in mind next time you’re writing a grocery list or doing meal prep. Eating certain foods at the same time won’t only affect your taste buds, but will affect the way you absorb their nutrients.
So if you’re trying to get the best benefits from each bite,
don’t forget about these perfect partners.
1. Strawberries & Kale
Even a superfood like kale needs a partner in crime, so if you’re a vegetarian struggling to squeeze enough iron into your diet, pay close attention to this one. According to Taub-Dix, the iron found in kale is better absorbed when strawberries add their vitamin C into the mix. Try mixing these 2 with Vanilla Man Shake for your morning kickstart.
2. Avocados & Spinach
Just because you don’t like carrots doesn’t mean you have to give up on improving your eye health. By incorporating avocado and spinach combos into your diet, you can prevent the age-related macular degeneration and cataracts that the American Optometric Association says can lead to impaired vision and blindness. The healthy fats in avocado and the lutein antioxidant in spinach work together to boost eye health, so add these to your next meal if you want to help your food help you.
3. Cottage Cheese & Blueberries
For a snack that will prevent you from future snacking, Erin recommends mixing a handful of blueberries into a bowl of cottage cheese. Because the fruit is high in fiber and the cheese lumps are rich in slow-releasing casein protein, this is a combo that will keep you satiated until your next meal. Do yourself a favor and don’t keep these apart.
4. Green Tea & Kiwi
Turn on the kettle fellas time to try green tea & have some of your favorite green fruit on the side. Although the catechins in the tea convert fat into energy no matter what, they’re absorbed even better when vitamin C joins the party, according to Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, author of Belly Fat Diet For Dummies. Believe it or not, kiwi is actually so full of the stuff that it has a higher concentration than an orange! So cut one of these fuzzy fruits in half and grab a spoon if you feel like boosting your metabolism while you drink.
5. Cayenne & Cocoa Powder
It’s time to give your hot chocolate a makeover with this sweet and spicy combo. Pair metabolism-boosting cayenne peppers with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder in a steaming mug in the winter, and then mix the ingredients into a bowl of stove-popped popcorn instead when temps rise. If keeping your taste buds happy with this healthy snack isn’t a win-win, we don’t know what is!
6. Almond Butter & Banana
Whether you’re mixing them into your overnight oats, blending them up in your manshake, or alternating between bites, only good things can come from combining almond butter and bananas. The fiber and protein in the nut butter works against the sugar in the fruit, keeping you from an unpleasant crash. Sounds nuts, we know, but as the almonds slow down the rate at which your body absorbs the sugar, your glucose levels remain more stable. You’d be bananas not to try this trick out.