Grilled asparagus with shaved parmesan
Asparagus is a great source of Inulin, the type of fiber which balances the levels of the good bacteria in the digestion process. Parmesan, of course is a type of cheese and is rich in calcium for your bones. Inulin in asparagus enhances calcium absorption. These two healthy treats make a good combo since they work together for a healthy tummy and stronger bones.
Avocado in salsa
Want a power packed fun snack combination? Try salsa and avocado. While salsa alone is a good healthy choice, this pairing gives you up to four times more cancer-fighting lycopene and almost three times more immune-boosting beta-carotene.
This trio promotes sturdier bones since they’re fortified with Vitamin D and calcium. To break it down, the Vitamin D in egg yolks helps the calcium in broccoli and cheese to be absorbed by the body. Studies also report that it doesn’t only promote the strengthening of the skeletal system, it also helps women get less crankier in their pre-menstrual days.
Cantaloupe with yogurt
The vitamin A in cantaloupe helps ward off viruses. However, when you pair that with foods that are high in zinc (Like yogurt), it helps the body use almost 100 percent of the nutrient.
Iron fortified cereal and glass of orange juice
Eating iron-fortified cereal helps in enhancing your energy. Pair that with a half cup of orange juice, and you have a combination that increases the amount of iron absorbed sixfold.
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Dark chocolate with raspberries
Dark chocolate is known for having a host of health benefits. Pair it with raspberries and you’re not only satisfying your sweet tooth but you’ll also keep your heart smiling since the pairing boosts the antioxidant potency of chocolate.
Edamame and Miso Soup
Edamame or soybeans contain prebiotics which is essential in the production of good bacteria. Drowning it in fermented foods like Miso soup not only gives the beans its tang but also works to fight gastrointestinal infections and improve digestion.
Spinach and avocados
Spinach is packed with lutein and vitamin A, which helps in protecting your eyes from diseases. By adding avocado not only are you adding more lutein and vitamin A to the protective mix but you are also providing the healthy fats which your body needs to absorb the nutrients.
Greek yogurt, chocolate, walnut, and wild blueberry parfait
With the calcium and prebiotics from yogurt and brain nutrients from walnuts and wild blueberries, it’s no wonder this sweet cup of heaven would not only tickle your tastebuds, but nourish your body from head to toe, inside and out.
Green tea with lemon
Squeezing a lemon into green tea creates five times more catechin, a heart-healthy antioxidant, for your body to use.
Tomatoes and olive oil
Tomatoes are one of the main sources of lycopene; powerful antioxidants which can help prevent sun damage. To reap an exponential benefit from tomatoes, coat them in olive oil. The healthy fats in the oil allow lycopene to be better absorbed by your body. Not to mention olive oil has its own skin rejuvenating abilities.
A teaspoon of Peanut Butter and a glass of Milk
Drinking milk while snacking on a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat like peanut butter helps increase the absorption of vitamin D in your body.
Whole wheat bread with peanut butter
Peanut butter doesn’t just go well with milk. Try smearing some peanut butter on a slice of whole wheat bread to increase the effectiveness of the intake of protein.
Peanut butter and sliced strawberries on a piece of toast
OK, so were on a peanut butter kick (probably because paired with just about anything can make peanut butter a super combination). Try dipping strawberries into peanut butter for a delicious protein rich, Vitamin E and C packed snack; a combination that can help prevent macular degeneration (which is a major cause of blindness).
Roast pork and Brussels sprouts
Selenium is the star mineral in pork which is a cancer fighting antioxidant in the body. Pairing roasted pork with veggies that are rich in sulforaphane (like Brussels sprouts) increases the mineral’s potency up to 13 times higher.
Red bean and olive oil dip
This interesting food combination is loaded with fiber and oleic acid; the oleic acid from the olive oil triggers the feeling of fullness, add to this feeling fiber from the red beans and you have a slimming combination that helps prevent that urge to over eat.
Apples and chocolate
Apples are known to be high in an anti-inflammatory flavonoid called quercetin. On the other hand, chocolate contain the flavonoid catechin, an antioxidant that reduces the risks for atherosclerosis and cancer. Together, they loosen clumpy blood platelets, improving cardiovascular health and providing anticoagulant activity.
Salmon and a glass of red wine
The antioxidants in the red wine absorb the omega-3 fatty acids in salmon. This splendid duo keeps depression at bay and enhances brain function the following day.
Spinach, tomato, carrot, marjoram and a tablespoon of olive oil
These antioxidant loaded veggies work a lot better with olive oil since it helps the body absorb the nutrients for a more stable immune system, glowing skin and strong heart. With Marjoram, the antioxidant potency shoots up to 200 percent higher.
Sweet potato with cheese
Sweet potato, which has beta carotene and lutein, while cheese, containing fatty acids, work amazingly well as the latter enables fast absorption of the carotenoids in the former.
Sweet potato with almonds
Sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene and vitamin C which works well with tree nuts containing vitamin E (such as almonds) in order to help lower cholesterol levels.
Swiss chard, spinach or broccoli sautéed in olive oil
Sautéing swiss chard, spinach or broccoli in oil is a combo which contains both vitamin K and healthy fat. The latter lowers cholesterol and breaks down vitamins like vitamin K which is crucial in preventing blood clots.
Trail mix made with dried apricots, dried papaya, almonds and walnuts
This trail mix pack snack is full of anti-ageing nutrients which are easily accessible and portable.
Tuna with lemon
A squeeze of lemon makes tuna not just smell good but taste absolutely fantastic. Aside from the flavor, lemon converts the iron in tuna into a more absorbable form which feeds your blood with more oxygen.
Wild rice with caramelized onions
Onions contain sulfur compounds that amplify the absorption of the zinc in wild rice.