What do spaghetti and meatballs, peanut butter and jelly, and macaroni and cheese all have in common? They are perfect, complementary pairs of food that more-often-than-not are associated together. The reason for this is simple; they taste delicious when paired up! Who doesn’t want their macaroni pasta covered in gooey melted cheese? Most people pair together two foods that are exceptionally tasty when mixed, but did you know that there are certain foods that create immense health benefits when paired—oh, and still taste great? Check out some great “power food combinations” below, and how to put them to use!
Tomatoes and avocados are both considered healthy foods on their own, but together, they are a force to be reckoned with. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which is an antioxidant that reduces cancer as well as cardiovascular risks. Avocados contain “healthy fats” that are great for your heart.
How to use them: if you weren’t already thinking it, we’ll just go ahead and say it; holy guacamole! Whip up a delicious, healthy, and powerful guacamole that will keep your taste buds and your body equally happy!
Orange juice & oatmeal is another combo that you have probably paired together in the past, not realizing that they were a match made in heaven. We have accepted that both are healthy morning choices, orange juice because of its vitamin C, and oatmeal because of its fiber-rich content and heart healthy aspects. However, when combined, the two clean your arteries and prevent heart attacks with twice as much efficacy as opposed to consuming either one by its lonesome, because together, the phenols stabilize your LDL cholesterol.
How to use them: well this is simple, really. Eat a bowl of unprocessed oatmeal for breakfast, and wash it down with a cold glass of organic orange juice.
Apples and chocolate is a fun one that can serve as dessert. Red apples are filled with quercetin, which is an anti-inflammatory shown to reduce the risk of allergies, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart attacks, and prostate and lung cancers, while chocolates are filled with catechins, an antioxidant that reduces the risks of getting cancer. Together, they are the Batman and Robin of power foods!
How to use them: Dice up apples and small chocolate chunks and put them into your oatmeal for a delicious, healthy, and ultimate power breakfast. Or, a Phix favorite, make chocolate covered candy apples for a powerful snack that no one will be able to resist!
Some of you have probably combined a few of these power foods in the past not knowing the positive health benefits they had on your body. Next time you are munching on one of these snacks, pair it up with its counterpart to optimize the effects! And don’t forget an instant classic, and fan favorite of course, is pairing a delicious Phix Energy with a great work out! Here is a short list of other complementary power foods:
Blueberries & grapes, lemon & kale, broccoli & tomatoes, garlic & fish, eggs & cantaloupe, almonds & yogurt, peanuts & whole wheat, red meat & rosemary
Remember, life is more fun in 2’s.
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