6 POWERFOOD COMBOS
COMBINE THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS AND YOUR MEALS BECOME EVEN MORE NUTRITIOUS – AND DELICIOUS. TRY THESE SMART MATCHES.
Get the most out of your workouts with these culinary power-ups.
After years of research, new nutritional science is seeing the value in an old piece of advice: Don’t mess with nature.
Take vitamin E, found in spinach, almonds and broccoli. If you consume these and other E-rich foods regularly, you’re likely protecting your eyes and preventing cognitive problems.
But what if you’re not eating enough healthy foods? Enter the supplement companies. Pop your vitamin E in pill form and you’ll reap the rewards without having to masticate spinach, right?
There’s one problem: New research shows that vitamin E, when isolated, may not have the same protective power. One recent study suggests that supplementing with E longterm can actually increase your risk of one type of stroke. And it’s not just E. Experts are now questioning supplements like selenium, green tea extract and fish oil.
There are smarter and tastier ways to make sure you get the nutrition you need. Certain foods gain superpowers when paired. Adding olive oil to tomatoes, for example, helps your body absorb the tomatoes’ antioxidants.
“Our bodies are incredibly complex engines, and at the cellular level they require a complex fueling strategy to run best,” says Men’s Health nutrition advisor Mike Roussell. “A variety of whole, healthy foods seems to provide the best benefits.”
Curious? Discover the power of real food in the book Eat for Extraordinary Health & Healing, published by MH parent company Rodale Inc. And try these six power combinations.
+ + STEAK GARLIC ONIONS Like you needed a reason to eat this stuff. Research suggests that garlic or onions may help your body absorb zinc and iron from grains; the benefit may extend to meat, which is loaded with these minerals. Zinc may bolster immunity, and iron is crucial for muscle performance. To cook them, add the garlic and onions to a cold pan with some oil, then turn on the heat. That way, the garlic is less likely to burn. MUSCLE BOOSTER IMMUNITY DEFENDER
Think of kefir as a tart, bubbly yogurt. If that sounds offputting, taste and learn: Dump a slug into your next shake to give your gut a batch of beneficial probiotics. While you’re at it, add a handful of heart-healthy almonds. Preliminary findings suggest that the fibre in almond skins may act as a prebiotic. And prebiotics are known to feed probiotics, found in kefir. Both can keep your gut in balance, so your body can fend off illness-causing bugs. ALMONDS + KEFIR IMMUNITY DEFENDER HEART PROTECTOR