Some foods work well together because they can help your body efficiently absorb the nutrients in these products. Through this, you can enjoy the different flavors of your favorite plant-based products and get the optimum health benefits they can provide. To give you a better idea, here are five food combos for better nutrition.
1. Spinach and strawberries
Most of us try to avoid bitter-flavored leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and collard greens. But, these veggies are great sources of valuable substances like iron. Adding strawberries to a green smoothie can help you get more iron at the same time. Other food pairings you can try that has these two essential nutrients are kale and bell peppers or iron-fortified cereals and orange juice.
2. Green tea and lemon juice
Most of the green tea's health-promoting properties are due to its catechins like Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Most of these substances will not survive the journey to your intestines- where about 90% of absorption occurs. But, with a squeeze of lemon juice (an acidic product), the survival and absorption rate of these beneficial compounds may increase.
3. Avocado and tomatoes
For those who love guacamole, combining tomatoes with avocados will not only improve the recipe's appeal but the flavor, as well. Your body can absorb more carotenoids (lycopene and beta-carotene) with the help of the healthy fats in the green-colored fruit. For this reason, experts recommend eating vegetable salads with olive oil or full-fat dressings.
4. Veggie sticks and hummus
Veggie sticks dipped in hummus is one of the most highly recommended food combos for better nutrition. This is especially true if you're searching for a low-calorie yet tasty snack. The complex carbohydrates and proteins in these foods can also provide added energy that boosts your alertness. Other highly recommended afternoon snacks that boost energy are peanut butter sandwich, chia seed pudding, and vegan yogurt topped with fruits.
5. Rice and beans
The last in this list of food combos for better nutrition is the popular combination of rice and beans. Both products are good vegan meat alternatives but with minor flaws. Pairing beans with rice will produce a complete protein, a necessity for those who prefer a plant-based diet. This affordable combo may also promote a healthy heart and prevent type-2 diabetes.
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