It’s easy to fall into the hum-drum sameness of fixing and eating the same meals every week. Why not take a cue from some of Best Food Facts’ favorite bloggers and add some of these foodie favorites into your weekly rotation?
We like to think of this little darling as the little black dress of food. Pronounced KEEN-wah, this pseudo-cereal looks like a grain, but it’s actually related to beets and spinach so both the leaves and the seeds are edible. Quinoa is a complete protein, offering all of the essential amino acids, a building block of muscle. Amino acids must be replaced on a daily basis because they cannot be stored in the body. Enjoy quinoa in flake, seed and flour form for a boost of protein and potassium. Check out this delish Cheesy Zucchini Quinoa Bake recipe from Abigail J. Dougherty, RD, LD/N.
This Vitamin C-rich veggie has gone from supporting character to leading role. Cauliflower’s versatile repertoire makes it perfect for replacing pasta in faux mac and cheese, grated as a rice substitute or mashed into submission with deluxe truffle oil. It’s also great roasted, fried or grated into a guilt-free and nutritious pizza crust. Try out this naughty but nice Cauliflower Pizza Crust with Chorizo & Buffalo Mozzarella from Lauren Grier of Climbing Greer Mountain.
Tea contains a multitude of bioactive compounds that can positively impact virtually every cell in the body, as well as antioxidants that help boost the immune system. Need more reasons to take a note from the Brits and partake in a cuppa? Try focus-boosting black tea, which can control blood pressure and increase blood flow after a high-fat meal. Or on a lighter note, green tea contains catechins that increase energy expenditure and fat burning. Need we say more? Vegan blogger Namely Marly creates Dreamy Green Tea Pistachio Drumsticks.
When it comes to the goodness of yogurt cultures, it’s hard to beat the nutritional one-two punch of Greek yogurt. This thrice-strained yogurt boasts a thicker consistency and additional protein when compared with traditional yogurt. Swap in Greek yogurt for mayo, milk or butter to slash calories and add protein. How about a yummy Greek yogurt cheesecake? To that we say, Opa! Toby Amidor, author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen has a quick and easy recipe for Zucchini “Dump” Muffins with Greek yogurt.