Have you ever wondered how to take a body-loving dish to the next level!? Today we’re sharing amazing combinations that not only taste delicious, but also increase your body’s ability to absorb the nutrients contained in the food! OH YES! If you thought kale couldn’t get any better for you, think again
Talk about a match made in heaven, here are 4 ways to supercharge your meals…
Power Pair 1: Steamed kale or broccoli topped with an egg!
Why your body loves it: This combo is great for two amazing reasons. First, you’re giving your body essential nutrients that includes vitamin D from the egg yolk and calcium from the greens! These two nutrients are essential, playing a key role in increasing immunity, bone health and even cell growth — but what makes this a supercharged match is that Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. Let’s not forget one of our favorite benefits: this tasty duo makes a simple and satisfying lunch!
Powerful Pair 2: Dark Chocolate & Berries
Why your body loves it: This decadent combo feels sexy and is good for you to boot! Not only are berries and chocolate always a good idea, but the combination of iron (from the chocolate) and Vitamin C (from the berries) is really beneficial. Consuming Vitamin C along with iron rich foods helps your body better absorb iron. This is especially important if your iron source is coming from a plant-based food. We definitely want our bodies to have enough iron since it helps boost immunity, contributes to brain development and plays a key role in energy production!
For a alternative pairing, try pumpkin seeds with goji berries! The seeds contain iron and goji berries are also high in Vitamin C!
Powerful Pair 3: Turmeric & Black Pepper!
Why your body loves it: We’ve all heard about the amazing, anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric. This golden root boast both anticancer and antioxidant benefits thanks to curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric. This is great news on it’s own, but the addition of black pepper gives turmeric extra POW factor! Studies have shown that the compound piperine, found in black pepper, helps increase the absorption of Turmeric by up to 1000 times. YEAH BABY!
Powerful Pair 3: Greens & healthy fats!
Why your body loves it: Leafy greens like spinach and kale are amazing sources of Vitamin K! This vitamin helps our blood clot when we get a cut and also plays a key role in bone and heart health. Since this vitamin is fat soluble, meaning our body needs a small amount of fat to fully absorb it, pairing foods high in Vitamin K with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil or avocado is the way to go!
Alternative pairings: Salmon with asparagus!
How excited are you to whip up your next meal!? Let us know your favorite food combos in the comments below!
This article was originally published on Tone It Up