What's the first combo you think of when you think of foods that “go” together?
Chocolate and peanut butter? Peanut butter and jelly?
These are classic combinations but I'm talking about eating 2 healthy foods that boost the nutrients when you eat them together.
These foods often come from different food groups, but the nutrients they contain make the other’s benefits even better.
A good food becomes a super food when it’s paired with the right partner.
6 Foods to Always Combine
1. Greek Yogurt with Cantaloupe or Bananas
Cantaloupe and bananas are both high in potassium.
When you mix a high potassium food with high protein Greek yogurt, you give your muscles a big boost of cell repair power.
2. Hummus and Fresh Veggies
These two foods are a naturally delicious snack, but they’re also are a great mix. They stop hunger pangs and lift your energy stores.
Hummus is high in protein. It fills you up, and when eaten with carrots, broccoli or other high fiber foods it’s an even better way to fight cravings and unhealthy snacking.
3. Avocado and Tomatoes
Avocado is a healthy fat. Fats boost the body’s ability to take in and use lycopene. Lycopene is a “carotenoid” found in tomatoes. It protects against cancer.
Studies have shown that eating avocado and tomatoes together increases the uptake of lycopene 500%!Tweet
Carotenoids are also found in leafy greens, so add some guacamole and salsa to a salad. Your immune system will thank you.
4. Broccoli and Eggs
Broccoli is a great source of calcium, and egg yolks contain Vitamin D.
Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium.
Try chopping some broccoli and whisking it into beaten eggs. It makes a delicious and healthy omelet.
5. Olive Oil and Greens
It’s great to eat foods that are loaded with vitamins. But sometimes your body needs help to pull nutrients out of the foods and use them.
That’s the case with Vitamin K. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin found in leafy greens.
When a nutrient is fat soluble, you need a healthy fat to help your body get the best out of it.
Make yourself a kale or spinach salad and toss it with a little extra virgin olive oil.
6. Spinach and Strawberries or Oranges
Everybody knows that spinach has lots of iron. But did you know that eating spinach alone is not enough?
You need help taking up iron from your food, and the best way to do that is by eating foods that have lots of vitamin C.
Vitamin C-rich foods include oranges, strawberries, red peppers, and kiwi.
Here’s one of my favorite salads that combine this healthy and tasty combination:
Yours in health and happiness,
P.S. Did you realize these foods are even healthier when they're paired? Help me get the word out by sharing this and I love reading your comments below!