Variety is key to any healthy, balanced diet, nutritionists agree. Consuming a wide range of foods is essential in order to provide our body with all the nutrients it needs to function properly. Of course, this is often easier said than done. Most humans are creatures of habit, and it’s all too easy to fall into a routine of repeating the same easy and familiar dishes over and over again.
Is your recipe repertoire in need of a shake-up? Below, discover 10 under-the-radar ingredients we could all benefit from eating more of, and use the list as inspiration to try something new.
Frequently eaten as an appetizer in southern Europe, this legume is not high on people’s radar in the U.S. But it can help to reduce blood sugar spikes, keep bad cholesterol at bay, regulate blood pressure, and strengthen bones thanks to the fiber, omega-3 and -6