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Quick And Easy: 12 of the Most Delicious Health Food Combinations

Quick And Easy: 12 of the Most Delicious Health Food Combinations

When different flavors complement each other the result can be a pure delight for the tongue. But did you know nutrients can also be matched, boosting your body with perfect synergy?

Get the greatest health kick for each delicious bite with these 12 health food combinations!

1. Cancer Kicking Guacamole – Avocado & Tomatoes

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    Thank the Aztecs for guacamole. Not only did they create a tasty dip but also an elixir for good health.

    Tomatoes are packed with a cancer-kicking antioxidant called lycopene. Avocados boost the body’s absorption of lycopene, as well as simply being a supreme source of healthy fats. Together in guacamole, they double down on cancer-prevention power.

    It’s simple to make at home with three easy steps:

    1.  Mash 3 peeled avocados in a medium bowl
    2. Add a lime’s worth of juice, half a diced onion, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, 2 tomatoes and 3 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
    3. A final pinch of cayenne pepper can be added if you think you can handle it!

    2. Healing Spice – Turmeric & Black Pepper

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      Turmeric is known as the healing spice thanks to an amazing antioxidant called curcumin. It’s anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antiseptic! If you are sick or injured these properties will contribute to improved recovery speeds.

      It’s difficult for the body to fully absorb curcumin, but combine it with piperine from black pepper, and the bioavailability of curcumin skyrockets up to 1000 times!

      You can add this amazing spice of life to almost any dish that requires an extra kick. It’s a top choice for spicing up grilled chicken breasts!

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      3. Chocolatey Treat – Dark Chocolate & Apples

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        Yes, you heard right, chocolate apples can actually be healthy! Though not all chocolate is created equal. Dark chocolate has lower sugar content and a higher concentration of antioxidant filled cocoa. This also includes catechin, a powerful heart function booster that exceeds the powers of green tea!

        Apple skins contain a wonderful flavonoid called quercetin. It’s highly anti-inflammatory and can even prevent blockages/clots in your arteries. Once paired up, these two will boost blood circulation and heart health in perfect harmony.

        When it comes to dessert time, dip a rosy red apple in dark chocolate guilt free!

        4. Healthy Skin & Hair – Sweet Potato & Coconut Oil

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          Usually, chips and fries are considered devishly unhealthy snacks. But these sweet potato chips baked in coconut oil might actually improve your complexion!

          Sweet potatoes are a highly nutritious slow-release carbohydrate. They are also bursting with Vitamin A, essential for hair and skin maintenance. Since it’s fat soluble, the absorption is greatly enhanced when taken with a fat source. So coconut oil is an ideal candidate as a natural fat source.

          Snack your way to silky hair and smooth skin sweet chips by making these at home:

          1. Peel and slice a couple of sweet potatoes
          2. Apply a healthy helping of coconut oil
          3. Bake for around 20 minutes, longer if you prefer them crispy!

          5. Muscle Growth Toast – Wholemeal Bread & Peanut Butter

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            Eating large amounts of a single protein source may seem ample for muscle recovery, yet recent research indicates otherwise. Since the body can only digest and absorb a certain amount of nutrients, stacking them up isn’t that effective.

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            Instead, look for proteins that complement each other and increase bioavailability. For example, the amino acid profiles of peanut butter and wholemeal bread match up perfectly. With a completed spectrum, protein synthesis can be increased by as much as 50%!

            So for a convenient hit of protein, go for thick sliced bread with a generous spread of peanut butter!

            6. Super Antioxidants – Lemon & Green Tea

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              To cover the all extraordinary benefits of drinking green tea, it would require an entire article. It’s widely recognized as rich in brain and body boosting antioxidants, making an ideal coffee replacement.

              But here is a little-known secret, you can maximize your absorption of these amazing nutrients with lemon. The potent shot of vitamin C multiples your body’s intake of heart preserving catechin by 5 times!

              Supercharge your green tea with fresh sliced lemon, or squeeze in the juice for the best results!

              7. Workout Recovery – Bananas & Yogurt

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                To build muscle effectively, you need to allow ample recovery time between workouts. However, you can use certain foods to speed up bodily recovery, allowing you to train frequently and effectively.

                Bananas are an athlete’s prime choice of carbohydrate, rich in amino acids and glucose. All of these nutrients are vital for muscle repair, but their absorption can be doubled by the presence of zinc. Yogurt happens to be a rich source of this mineral, perfect for doubling up your muscle fuel.

                Fortify your body’s recovery by slicing up a banana or two in a bowl of yogurt.

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                8. All Day Energy – Oatmeal & Orange Juice

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                  Oatmeal is already an awesome source of morning energy and the essential mineral iron. It reinforces oxygen transportation, boosting both muscle and brain function.

                  Our bodies cannot easily absorb iron from a plant-based source such as oatmeal. However, in the presence of Vitamin C absorption is up to 6 times more effective. An absolutely abundant source is freshly squeezed orange juice.

                  So, maximize the energy kick from your morning oatmeal with a glass of orange juice!

                  9. Bone Strengthening – Asparagus & Parmesan

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                    Asparagus is a potent green vegetable, it’s packed with healthy nutrients and fiber. Inulin, in particular, helps the body to balance levels of good bacteria. On the other hand, Parmesan cheese is an ideal source for bone-toughening calcium.

                    Boil, grill or fry up some asparagus, then top it off with plenty of grated Parmesan. Your bones and teeth will thank you for it!

                    10. Fast Protein Delivery – Eggs & Ginger

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                      A champion’s breakfast would not be complete without eggs. They provide healthy fats and protein, making them great for muscle recovery and growth. This makes them ideal for waking up the body and priming it for recovery or performance.

                      When ingested, ginger stimulates minor contractions in your stomach muscles. This boosts protein digestion and speeds the absorption process in the intestines. Thus, essential nutrients and protein are available for the body to use quicker.

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                      Cook up your eggs up any way you like, just make sure you add sliced ginger to shuttle protein into your body!

                      11. Juicy Steak Perfection – Steak & Rosemary

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                        For the die-hard meat lovers amongst us, there is nothing more satisfy than grilling up a steak. It’s a prime chunk of protein and fat, but as an animal based source, it is not without downsides. Grilling and flaming will produce carcinogens in red meat, specifically, HCAs, that can contribute to cancer.

                        Thankfully, these risks can be mitigated by using a handful of rosemary. It’s full of antioxidants, rosmarinic and carnosic acid. When it is added to a meal, HCA absorption is reduced to minimal levels.

                        So next time you fancy a juicy steak, be sure to spice it up with delightful rosemary!

                        12. Heart Health Booster – Salmon & Garlic

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                          Cholesterol levels have long been linked with heart health. Further research now points toward the balance of healthy HDL and unhealthy LDL.

                          Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. It helps balance the cholesterol scale favorably and significantly boosts heart function.

                          Garlic’s strong taste also brings protection against infection, reduces blood pressure, total cholesterol, and contributes to the prevention of blood clots.

                          For a delicious meal that bolsters your heart health, grill up a salmon steak and marinate it with a pinch of garlic!

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                          Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                          We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                          We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                          So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                          Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                          What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                          Boundaries are limits

                          —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                          Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                          Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                          Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                          Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                          How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                          Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                          1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                          Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                          You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                          To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                          You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                          • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                          • When do you feel disrespected?
                          • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                          • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                          • When do you want to be alone?
                          • How much space do you need?

                          You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                          2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                          Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                          Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                          3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                          Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                          That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                          Sample language:

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                          • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                          • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                          • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                          • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                          • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                          • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                          • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                          Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                          4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                          Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                          Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                          Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                          We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                          It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                          It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                          Final Thoughts

                          Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                          Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                          Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                          The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                          Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                          Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                          They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                          Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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