Many people are afraid to try certain kinds of foods, either because they look unappetizing or simply because they like to stick to what they know. But often, these turn out to be the ones that are the tastiest and offer the most health benefits.
Let’s keep it real for a moment — we are programmed to enjoy foods loaded with fat and sugar because these are usually quick and easy meals. Processed junk foods take it to another level because they are tasty and constantly thrown in our faces by big brand marketing. Challenge yourself to try something different, though…
Here are 11 scary foods you should be eating but probably don’t…
1. Kelp Noodles
Kelp noodles are excellent low-cal. alternative to those that are made from wheat. They are sold raw and eaten that way. Add these noodles to a green salad, and you’ll probably love it. They are also rich in iodine and packed full of vitamins and minerals.
2. Goji Berries
Goji berries are little red berries that are rich in cancer-preventing, immunity-boosting antioxidants. They can be purchased fresh or dried and enjoyed either way. You can eat them alone, or you can add them to trail mix and other popular baked goods.
This is butter that goes through a certain boiling/cooking process to eliminate moisture and residue. When it’s cooked, the milky solids that are processed give it a nutty flavor. This particular food item is common in Indian dishes, but it also goes great with pasta.
4. Sorghum Flour
Sorghum flour is commonly used for cooking or baking gluten-free recipes. Although it contains more fat and protein, it is similar to corn. It is particularly good for people with celiac disease. Don’t let the name put you off; it goes well with a variety of dishes.
5. Nibs of Cacao
Cacao is a raw ingredient that is processed into chocolate. The nibs, which are actually roasted pieces of cacao beans, are abundant in vitamins and minerals. They contain zinc, calcium, magnesium, and iron, as well as beta-carotene and amino acids.
6. Hemp Seeds
If you like to fry chicken or fish, then you may want to consider coating them with hemp seeds rather than breadcrumbs. Or you can add the seeds to your next smoothie for a nutritious boost. They are rich in fiber, magnesium, iron, and potassium.
7. Granola (Gluten-free)
If you’re worried that gluten-free granola is going to be plain and flavorless, you don’t have to be. Some varieties are absolutely delicious, and they are made with a mixture of 100% whole grains that are a good source of fiber. It’s also a very mobile snack.
8. Chocolate Chips (Dairy-free)
If you want a way to make your beloved chocolate chip cookies a little bit healthier, you may want to try dairy-free chips. They pack a lot of flavors and are an excellent option for anyone who is trying to avoid dairy products.
If you eat sushi, you probably know what nori is. It is what the rice, vegetables, and seafood are wrapped in – an edible type of seaweed. Rolled sushi aside, nori is commonly used in salads and soups, and it contains many minerals and vitamins.
10. Kale Chips
Kale chips are a wonderful and healthy alternative to potato chips. If you don’t want to buy prepackaged kale chips, then you can bake your own using fresh chopped kale with a little olive oil. Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes.
11. Vegan Cream Cheese
Vegan cream cheese is a great substitute for people who don’t eat any animal products and those who are allergic to dairy. If you serve it to your guests on a cracker or a bagel, they may not even realize that it isn’t the real thing.