We may have heard of the nutritional benefits of our everyday fruits and veggies countless times. But there are several nutritious foods that we may have never even tried. If you’re looking to experiment or mix things up with your healthy diet, here are a list of fourteen exotic and healthy foods that you could try.
1. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber. They contain about 10 g of fiber in a serving of 28.4 g. Chia seeds can be consumed after soaking in water. They can even be mixed into some home made juices or smoothies.
Saffron is a spice that is popularly used as a seasoning and coloring agent in food. Saffron is a great source of potassium, magnesium and iron. Saffron can be used as seasoning in a variety of dishes especially in seafood and meat.
3. Cupuacu Fruit
This delicious fruit is rich in antioxidants, amino acids, and B vitamins. It can be used as a dessert along with other fruits or even blended with other fruit juices.
4. Goji Berries
Although there hasn’t been a lot of research conducted on the nutritional facts of goji berries, they are largely believed to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These berries can be added to warm tea or warm water before ingesting.
Dandelion is a flowering plant that is a rich source of vitamin A and vitamin C. It also turns out, that every part of the dandelion is edible from the root to the flower! Dandelions can be used in salads and countless other dishes.
6. Coconut Milk
Coconut milk is rich in iron, magnesium, dietary fiber and protein. They taste brilliant when mixed with other dishes including spicy curries. They can also be used as an alternative for regular milk in a vegan diet.
7. Persimmon Fruit
Persimmon is a Japanese fruit that is one of the best sources for vitamin C. These fruits used in salads, desserts or even eaten raw.
Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish made using fermented vegetables. It is known to be an excellent source of vitamins especially vitamin A, B1,B2, and C. As a result of the fermentation process, kimchi also contains healthy bacteria that may help with digestion.
Papaya is a delicious fruit that is a rich source of vitamin A and C. It also contains an enzyme papain that helps with digestion. These fruits can be eaten raw or along with other fruits.
10. Durian Fruit
Durian fruit is a rich source of vitamin B6 and vitamin C. Many people hesitate to eat this fruit as it’s tough and rough exterior seem to put them off. But this fruit is also known for its delicious taste and is worth a try.
Turmeric is a spice known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nature. It has been used as an component in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. A teaspoon of turmeric can be used while cooking several dishes including eggs, meat, fish, rice among several others.
12. Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts are a great source of calcium, magnesium, and iron. Studies have shown mixed reports on its impact on cholesterol levels. They are high in calories and fats so make sure you don’t have too many of them in one serving.
Ginger is a spice that has been widely used to treat digestive and gastrointestinal problems including nausea and morning sickness. It has a pungent smell and a strong taste so be sure to not eat it directly. Ginger tea mixed with lime and honey is a great way to consume it.
Tahini is a condiment made from roasted sesame seeds and according to the USDA, it is a rich source of calcium, iron and magnesium. It is popularly used as a component in hummus and other varieties of dip.