Butter pear is the other nickname of avocado, which is probably the reason why a lot of people have the misconception that this lush fruit is extremely fattening and try to avoid them as much as possible.
All the vegetarians out there are surely familiar with tempeh. This close cousin of tofu is a staple food in Indonesia as a healthy protein source. If you are looking for a better-tasting alternative to tofu, then look for tempeh in specialty supermarkets, Asian food stalls and health stores.
For centuries now, tofu has played a major role in the Asian food market. It is only these past few years that it has penetrated the Western market, when vegetarians began using as a protein substitute.
Pecans may be a popular ingredient in pies but to fully enjoy the benefits of this type of nuts, they are best enjoyed as snacks. A handful of pecans are a great source of protein and unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats work towards lowering the ‘bad’ cholesterol to keep the heart healthy.
Cauliflower may be tagged as the ‘white’ version of broccoli, and they are from the same vegetable species. White may be the common variety of cauliflower, but there are also orange, purple and green variants. The green variety is called broccoflower.
Crunchy, nutritious and tangy – these are the words which best describe bell peppers. They come in a rainbow of different colors like red, yellow, white, blue, green, purple, orange, brown and black.
Putting beans on top of your favorite foods list may sound boring, but there are a lot of ways that they can be enjoyed. Navy beans taste great in Mexican bean burritos, Italian pasta, chili, bean soup and baked beans.
As a member of the whole grains family, spelt may not be as popular as whole, wheat, rye or barley. However, the health benefits of this ancient grain cannot beat that of its ‘cousins’, plus people who are allergic to wheat can use spelt as their alternative whole grain source.
I just recently heard Maroon 5’s song “Kiwi” from their latest album. Although the mention of the fruit in the song is from an entirely different context, I think that the real essence of the fruit is worth discussing here.
This is the culmination of our Good-Food-for-the-Heart series, where for the past week we have featured foods which are beneficial to the heart’s health.
To honor the occasion, let’s talk about one of the most popular – and addictive – food during February 14: chocolates. Specifically, we will tackle the health benefits of dark chocolate.