It’s time to expand your healthy food horizon beyond kale, quinoa, salmon, avocados, and blueberries. Although these foods are filled with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and polyunsaturated fats, eating them day after day, week after week, can get tiresome.
Fortunately, there’s a cornucopia of other delightfully delicious ingredients that will add some extra intrigue (and nutritional benefits) to your diet.
The foods on this list range from the common yet overlooked to the exotic, but all can all be simply and seamlessly incorporated into countless dishes using ordinary cooking techniques like sautéing, braising, frying, or juicing.
Getting tired of brown rice and couscous? Try experimenting with millet or Khorasan wheat. Bored with ground beef? Form some bison burgers. Completely over tuna salad? Make a lemony seafood salad with canned octopus.
These unconventional healthy foods are all generally accessible. Yes, it might be difficult to track down bitter melon in your local supermarket, but mackerel, fennel, and broccoli rabe, and almost everything else on this list should be easy to find.
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