These nutrient-boosting hacks are a great way to get more bang out of every bite.
If you try to stay healthy, you want to get the most nutrients you can out of your food.
And this is especially true for ambitious mothers, who want to keep both themselves and their family fueled.
But sometimes your body needs a little help getting those nutrients into your cells where they can be used.
And that’s why it’s a good idea to remember these 3 nutrient-boosting hacks.
Because if you’re putting in effort to eat well, you deserve to reap the rewards!
Plus, these strategies are easy, delicious, and can make all the difference when it comes to your health.
1. Turmeric + Black Pepper
Turmeric is one of those herbs whose benefits are seemingly endless.
Used for millennia as preventative medicine in Indian cooking, turmeric boasts strong anti-inflammatory properties and may prevent blood-clots, fight depression, treat and prevent cancer, help manage diabetes, and more.
But in order to activate curcumin (a.k.a. turmeric’s star-player chemical compound which makes it so healthy,) you’ve got to eat turmeric with a nice dose of fresh black pepper.
Black pepper might not be as much of a wunderkind as turmeric, but it’s got it’s own set of health benefits, including improved digestion, reducing gas, and just like turmeric, black pepper has amazing antioxidant and antibacterial superpowers.
So when you put them together, turmeric and black pepper are definitely a winning combo you don’t want to miss.
2. Sprouting Beans
Beans are a wonderful food, each with their own composition of nutrients.
For example, 1 cup of pinto beans contains a whopping 74% of your daily folate requirement, and 55% of recommended fiber for the day.
If you have 1 cup of garbanzo beans you’ll get 73% of your daily manganese, and 64% of your recommended copper.
And 1 cup of soybeans is packed with 57% of your daily recommended protein, plus 49% of your daily iron.
But you get even more nutrients out of beans if you soak and sprout them first.
Sprouted beans are higher in vitamin C, vitamins B2, B5, and B6, and carotene increases as well.
But even more important than the nutrient boost is that sprouting neutralizes enzyme inhibitors.
Which means you have a much easier time digesting and absorbing nutrients from sprouted beans than their un-sprouted counterparts.
3. Leafy Greens + Citrus + Olive Oil
When it comes to healthy foods, leafy greens should be at the top of your list.
I like to eat a nice big portion of sautéed leafy greens first thing in the morning to give myself a nutrient boost that’ll last the rest of the day.
Let’s take spinach, for example.
Spinach has 987% of your daily recommended vitamin K in just one cup (no, that’s not a typo!)
It also has 105% of your daily vitamin A needs, 73% of your manganese, 66% of your recommended manganese and folate, 36% of your iron, and the list goes on.
Chard is amazing too.
With 636% of your daily recommended vitamin K, 60% of your vitamin A, 42% of your vitamin C, and 22% of your iron, why wouldn’t you be downing this stuff every day?
And of course kale’s also a show-stopper.
With 1180% of your vitamin K requirements in one cup, (again, not a typo!), 98% of your vitamin A, and 71% of your vitamin C, it makes sense that it’s become such a popular food.
Kale is lower on iron, coming in at 7% of your daily recommended value in one cup, but still.
If you want to be able to absorb this bounty of nutrients, then the best thing to do is to eat dark leafy greens like spinach, chard, and kale, with a squeeze of citrus and a drizzle of olive oil.
Because in order to absorb enough iron into your body, you need an extra dose of vitamin C, which is readily found in citrus fruits like lemons and limes.
And in order to absorb those incredible doses of fat-soluble vitamins K and A, you need to include healthy fats like olive oil and avocados.
Now I’d love to hear from you.
Do you now of any other food combos that boost nutrient-absorption?
Leave a comment and share your knowledge!
But while these nutrient-boosting hacks will work for anyone, YOU have a unique set of foods and lifestyle factors that will help you thrive.
Want to know what they are?
I can’t wait to hear from you!