Do you want a better skin, stronger bones or thinner figure? There are interesting food combinations that will help you to achieve these goals.
Broccoli and Tomatoes = Control over Cancer
The broccoli and tomatoes are very effective in the fight against cancer, and scientists have found that together they offer even greater protection.
In a recent research, it was shown that the co-consumption of tomatoes and broccoli at the same time is more effective in slowing the growth of cancerous tumors in the prostate compared to the separate consuming of these foods.
Tip: One and a half cups of broccoli and two and a half cups of fresh tomatoes (or one cup of tomato sauce) will do magic. Order pizza richly decorated with tomatoes and broccoli or mix these vegetables with spaghetti.
Green Tea and Lemon = Healthy Heart
The green tea helps to reduce the risk of a heart attack due to the catechins, powerful antioxidants that are contained in this mixture. However, some researches have shown that our body absorbs only 20 percent of these useful compounds.
The good news is that, when scientists recently added lemon to the green tea, the availability of catechins that improve our health has increased to incredible 80 percent.
Tip: When you make a cup of green tea, add a squeezed lemon in it (you can also use orange, lime or grapefruit). Scientists claim that vitamin C in the citrus fruits also helps in the absorption of catechins.
Eggs and Mango = Firmer Skin
Do you want to improve the overall appearance and firmness of your skin? Try this powerful combination. The eggs are naturally rich in the two amino acids that are essential for the complete formation of collagen in the skin. All foods rich in vitamin C, such as the mango, work with these acids on raising the production of collagen and the natural supply of collagen in the body is renewed after some time and the skin looks much better.
Tip: Add omelet and a cup of freshly sliced mango to your next breakfast, which is sufficient for the daily need for vitamin C.
Red Peppers and Black Beans = Better Immunity
Do you lately avoid meat in order to help your body and the planet? You will significantly help the absorption of iron if you add red peppers in your diet.
Namely, the iron from the beans comes in a different form than the iron that we get by eating meat and it is harder to digest it separately. The consumption of food that is rich in vitamin C, such as red peppers, turns the iron in the type that is easier for the body to digest.
Tip: According to one study, the women absorbed almost three times more iron when they added 63 milligrams of vitamin C in their meals. This amount is equal to half a cup of chopped red peppers.
Green Tea and Black Pepper = Thin Waist
Forget about the drastic diets: for your next meal put a bit of black pepper in the green tea.
A recent research has shown that this combination helps in the absorption of EGCG, the key antioxidant in the tea, which is closely associated with the formation of fatty deposits, even for 130 percent. People who drink green tea with their meals quickly feel fed and there are low chances that they will go for more food, as opposed to those who drink water with the meals.
Scientists claim that this is because the ingredients in the green tea can affect the hormones that regulate the hunger and feeling fed.
Tip: One teaspoon of black pepper can increase the absorption of useful substances contained in the tea.
Chicory and Kale = Stronger Bones
A cup after a cup, the kale is the king of calcium (it contains three times more than the spinach). But the scientists say that you will absorb even more calcium if you combine the kale with the chicory.
Why? This dark red vegetable is a rich source of inulin, carbohydrates which increase the calcium absorption in the intestines.
Tip: Mix these two plants in a delicious and incredibly healthy salad.
Avocado and Lettuce = Protection for the Complexion
Your body will absorb more carotenoids, pigments that protect the skin, if your add avocado in the salad. The carotenoids reduce the damage caused by the free radicals and effectively protect the skin from the harmful effects of the UV rays.
A research has proven that people who eat avocado in their salads of spinach, carrots or lettuce absorb 15 times more carotenoids than those who do not eat avocado in their salad. The carotenoids need a little fat to be optimally absorbed in the body, and the avocado is an excellent candidate for it because it contains a solid supply of healthy monounsaturated fats.
Tip: Add half avocado cut in slices in the lettuce.
Yogurt and Bran Flakes = Better Digestion
The yogurt combined like this improves the immunity naturally, because it is full of good bacteria and the yogurt acts as a probiotic – stimulates the healthy bacteria to multiply in our digestive tract and thus eliminate the diseases.
Tip: Look for those probiotic yogurts with a highlighted sign which suggests that there are live and active cultures in it. Mix one cup of this yogurt with three-quarters of a cup of bran flakes.
Apricots and Almonds = Healthy Blood Vessels
This powerful pair helps to prevent the oxidation of the bad cholesterol, a process that occurs whenever the bad cholesterol meets with the radicals, and the oxidized bad cholesterol is harmful because it helps the formation of dangerous deposits in the arteries. The phytochemicals in the almonds combined with the antioxidant vitamins E and C from the apricots reduce the oxidation of the bad cholesterol.
Tip: Combine a quarter cup of dried apricots with almonds and enjoy the tasty and healthy snacks.
Yogurt and Blueberries = Stronger Body
This is an ideal meal after a hard workout. The blueberries contain ingredients that improve the brain function, while the yogurt is a great source of proteins that repair the cracks in your muscles which appeared during the workout.
The carbohydrates in both foods supply your muscles with glycogen, stored in the form of energy (the lack of glycogen in the body causes fatigue). The proteins in the yogurt also help to stimulate the hormone that transmits the energy packed with carbohydrates in the muscles so that you can be more effective during the next workout.
Tip: If you are dedicated to hard training and you want to be in top form, you should be quick in consuming meals after the workout. Your body is most effective at storing glycogen in the first 15 minutes after the exercises.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Tomatoes = Protection Against Diseases
The tomatoes contain all four major carotenoids (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein and lycopene), as well as three powerful antioxidants (beta-carotene, vitamin E and vitamin C) that can help in the fight against cancer and heart diseases.
You will absorb much greater quantities of these ingredients if you consume the tomatoes with virgin olive oil, which is rich in monounsaturated fats.
Tip: Add a little olive oil in the tomato sauce and you will get a big, rich in phytochemicals punch of cooked tomatoes (do not peel the tomatoes because the peel contains those chemicals).
Oatmeal and Strawberries = Healthier Heart
The oats contains two important phytochemicals: avenanthramides, which act as powerful antioxidants, and phenolic acid, which blocks the inflammation.
Their influence is enhanced with the presence of vitamin C which reduces the impact of the bad cholesterol and helps to prevent the formation of harmful deposits in the arteries that can lead to heart attack.
Tip: Add half a cup of cut strawberries in the morning portion of oatmeal.
Onion and Garlic = Protection for the Whole Body
These aromatic vegetables contain a large number of organosulfur compounds, chemicals that are good for your heart and keep the arteries flexible and free from harmful deposits. Some of these ingredients were subject to researches because of their ability to detoxify carcinogenic substances which cause creation of cancer in the body.
By consuming these foods at the same time, you take care of your entire health and you protect it.
Tip: Cook them together, the onion and the garlic make an excellent base for soups, sauces and stews, and they are a great addition to other vegetables such as broccoli which you can spice up with onions, garlic and olive oil.