6 surprisingly healthy ingredients

6 surprisingly healthy ingredients

Are you tired of eating the same bland meals each week? Switch up your culinary routine by adding these flavorful, nutrition-packed ingredients to your home cooking.

Also called coriander, this tangy herb is a great addition to just about any meal. It can be added to soup or salad for a burst of extra flavor, and it’s often a main ingredient in Spanish-style cuisine. Not only is it potently flavorful, cilantro has been linked to a number of health benefits. By increasing your consumption of cilantro, you can decrease your risk of obesity and diabetes. The nutrients found in this herb also contributes to healthy skin and hair.

Ginger root is used in many Asian dishes, but it can be a tasty ingredient in treats. Desserts like pumpkin pie and biscotti can be boosted with the addition of fresh ginger. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, ginger has a number of medical applications. Ginger tea can be useful in treating motion sickness, nausea, vomiting and osteoarthritis.

It might linger on your breath for longer than you’d like, but garlic packs a powerful flavor punch. Using fresh garlic in stir-fries and sauces will give you a delicious meal with a bunch of added benefits. Garlic has been shown to protect your heart, reduce your risk of certain cancers and control cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

Oily fish
Salmon is known to contain important omega-3 fatty acids, but there are other oily fish that can be equally beneficial. Anchovies and sardines are both packed with healthy polyunsaturated fats and are easy to incorporate into a salad. Getting enough omega-3s can help prevent cardiovascular disease and boost brain function. You can also add a fish oil supplement to your diet if you aren’t crazy about seafood.

These little fruits are packed with nutrients, low in calories and especially great in a fruit salad. Research in Psychology Today showed that kiwi can boost the immune system, aid heart and respiratory function and protect cells. There are also studies that prove eating kiwi daily can help you fall asleep quickly and sleep more soundly.

Most nuts are a good source of protein, but almonds also contain vitamin E, copper, magnesium and unsaturated fatty acids. They make a great salad topper, especially when paired with strawberries and also go great with green beans. Increasing your consumption of these nuts can help to protect against heart disease and cancer.

Essential takeaways

  • Spice up your cooking with fresh, nutrient-packed ingredients.
  • Try using cilantro, ginger, garlic, oily fish, kiwi or almonds in your cooking for added health benefits.