Exotic and Healthy: Can They Go Together?
Think you can’t go exotic and fun when you’re on a healthy diet? Crafted Kosher gathered over a thousand gourmet kosher products, many of which are the perfect addition to a health-conscious diet. Here are a few exotic choices that will delight your tastebuds and improve your health.
Oils. With all the hype about fats in the media, it's easy to think that oils are unhealthy. But using polyunsaturated oils can actually reduce levels of harmful cholesterol. Opt for trendy coconut or nut oil for cooking or frying, or drizzle sesame, hemp or avocado oil over your salads and grilled foods.
Move over whole wheat flour! A boatload of healthy, but exotic, flours are flooding the market. Meet amaranth, an ancient grain of the Aztecs. With a nutty, earthy flavor, it delivers high levels of iron, zinc, and protein. Or try subbing some coconut flour for a high-fiber alternative to traditional flours with a low glycemic index.
Pulse Proteins. The year 2017 has been dubbed “The International Year of the Pulse.” Pulse proteins include lentils, chickpeas, beans, and peas. Choose exotic pulse proteins by reaching for pigeon peas, black beluga lentils, and cranberry beans, and use them for everything from bean-based pastas to lentil chips and chickpea puffs.
Seeds. They may not be the mainstay of your diet, but adding exotic seeds to your cuisine can beef up the nutrition considerably. For example, chia seeds contain as much protein as nuts, along with omega-3 fatty acids and heart-healthy alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Hemp seeds, which taste similar to sunflower seeds, also contain some ALA, as well as a huge dose of phosphorus and magnesium.
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