We are all about trying new things here at Skinny Mom. Whether it’s a fitness class, a lipstick shade, or a recipe, the only way to know if you’re going to love something is to give it a try! Now trying a new food may sound simple, but with all the choices out there it can be overwhelming. In attempt to make things a little simpler for you, we decided to put together a list of 12 foods you should try this month. Challenge yourself to incorporate these 12 foods in a recipe or a snack to try them out at least once. Come on, get out of your comfort zone. We know you can do it!
1. Quinoa. If you haven’t given this supergrain a chance yet, what the heck are you waiting for? Quinoa is a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids. In addition to all that beautiful protein, quinoa has about twice the fiber of most grains and is gluten free. And we’ve got you covered with quinoa recipes. Check out our favorites here!
2. Kale. Low in calories, high in fiber, iron, antioxidants, and calcium, kale is also a good source of vitamins A, K, and C and has no fat. Not sure what to do with kale? You can add it to soups and smoothies, saute it, use it as a base for a salad, or bake some kale chips.
3. Coconut Oil. Coconut is as close to a miracle worker as any food can get. It’s fatty acids don’t only help reduce your appetite, they also have been found to eliminate pathogens, as in bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It’s medium chain triglycerides have been shown to have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like Alzheimers. Coconut oil can also be applied topically and is a fantastic moisturizer.
4. Arctic Char. Arctic char is a member of the salmon family, so it has all the omega-3 fatty acid goodness, but the arctic char farming process isn’t linked to pollution or contamination. Arctic char is also very easy to prepare, so give it a shot.
5. Bison. Bison are grass fed and they are handled much less than typical beef, meaning no questionable drugs, chemicals, or hormones. Bison meat is low in saturated fat but high in iron, zinc, niacin, vitamin B6, and selenium. As if all that isn’t enough, bison meat contains the highest know level of CLA, a fat blocker and anti-carcinogen.
6. Steel Cut Oats. Not the same thing as a packet of instant oatmeal by a mile! Steal cut oats are an essential grain loaded with B vitamins, calcium, protein, and fiber. And since steel cut oats are whole grain groats, they take longer to digest, keeping you full longer.
7. Spaghetti Squash. Spaghetti squash is a great alternative to pasta. It’s chock full of vitamins and minerals, and its mild taste doesn’t compete with tomato sauce. Here are 11 of our favorite spaghetti squash recipes!
8. Chia Seeds. Chia seeds are rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, improves blood pressure, and stabilizes blood sugar. The phosphorus, manganese, and calcium in chia seeds help keep bones and teeth strong, and there are theories that they could be used as a natural treatment for type 2 diabetes.
9. Tumeric. Tumeric is really having a moment right now, as people are touting it’s many benefits. Tumeric has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties that work at the molecular level, blocking free radicals directly. It has been shown that tumeric boosts the brain hormone BDNF which increases the growth of neurons and fights degeneration. There are currently ongoing studies investigating tumeric’s role in fighting illnesses such as depression, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer.
10. Whey Protein Powder. Time to throw out the notion that protein powders are only for GTL-ing meatheads. Whey powder can be a busy woman’s best friend. The protein in whey powder is a complete protein with nine essential amino acids, helps build muscle and lose fat, and is super easy. You can simply use the powder on its own with water or add fruits, nut butters, even oatmeal.
11. Lentils. Lentils are super low in calories for how filling they are, just 230 calories for a cooked cup! Lentils are high in fiber, a great source of protein and B vitamins, and contain both soluble and insoluble fiber.
12. Black Garlic. You read it here first, black garlic will be the next big thing. It’s growing in popularity due to its almost superpowers. Black garlic has been shown to reduce the duration of the common cold by up to 61%, contains cancer fighting properties, helps the body produce glucose, and is high in antioxidants. Oh and the dreaded garlic breath? Black garlic will let you whisper sweet nothings in a special someone’s ear without making them faint.
Even if you’re a fearless foodie you can hopefully find something on our list you haven’t tried yet, and if you can’t, consider us impressed. Please let us know if you try anything in our list in the comments below!