Healthy food generally comes with a misconception that it is tasteless, bland and overall unpleasant. Whilst that may be the case for some foods, there are plenty of healthy options that are bursting with flavour, full of goodness and bound to satisfy you.
Here are 10 healthy foods that don’t taste healthy, let alone terrible!
- Dark Chocolate: Any health-food junkie knows that if you’re looking for a sweet treat, dark chocolate is the way to go. The secret to its reputation as a superfood: cacao beans. They’ve got the highest concentration of antioxidants of any known food. Just keep in mind that the darker it is, the more bitter it will taste.
- Flaxseeds: Flaxseeds won’t overwhelm your taste buds, but they do have a subtle nutty flavor. They are an essential omega-3 fatty acid that may protect against heart disease and stroke. Tip: Eat flaxseeds ground to make their health-boosting benefits more available to your body.
- Ginger: Ginger has an acquired taste and is known for its powerful health benefits such as improving cardiovascular function, aiding digestion, boosting immunity, relieving pain, and reducing inflammation. A small amount goes a long way in terms of both flavor and health.
- Pistachios: It’s time to get cracking. Pistachios have a delicious buttery flavor, and a long list of health benefits. They’re an excellent source of protein, antioxidants, and potassium. Due to pistachios’ ability to reduce the body’s response to stress, they make the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Tip: To avoid excess sodium, opt for unsalted nuts.
- Goji Berries: These tiny super berries pack a mean health punch. Native to Asia and Europe, Goji berries have long been used in traditional Chinese medicine. Believe it or not, they are a good source of protein, in addition to containing high levels of antioxidants and trace minerals, like copper, iron, zinc, calcium, germanium, phosphorus, and selenium. Dried goji berries are a bit tangy, a little sweet, and have the same texture as raisins. Eat them by the handful or mix them into a nutribullet juice!
- Acai Berries: Acai berries have a deep purple hue and a sweet, tart flavor similar to that of a blackberry. They’re one of the most popular superfoods out there, and are packed with an outstanding amount of antioxidants and plant chemicals. It’s challenging to find the berries in the produce section of your grocery store, so the best way to get these guys into your diet is with a superfood smoothie.
- Chia seeds: Not only are chia seeds versatile and extremely healthy but they don’t taste bad because they don’t taste at all. That’s why adding them to a juice, smoothie, salad or anything really is a brilliant idea.
- Sweet potato: Sweet potatoes are like a gift from Mother Nature. When cooked, an enzyme in the potato breaks down the starch and turns it into something called maltose, which is responsible for the food’s sweet flavor. Sweet potatoes are full of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for healthy vision, immunity, and for preventing some types of cancer. Sweet potatoes are also low in calories and high in fiber, making them an ideal food for weight loss or maintenance.
- Garlic: Garlic breath aside, this food is amazing. Raw or roasted, its flavor rating is through the roof, and it’s also incredibly healthful. Garlic has been used for decades to help prevent colds to heart disease, and eating raw garlic twice a week could cut your risk of developing lung cancer in half.
- Kale: Yes kale may not have a pleasant taste when eaten raw or on its own, but add it to a nutri bullet juice or make a batch of kale chips and you’d never know what you were enjoying!