What we're about to say might shock you, so take a seat. Ready? Here goes. Not all health food has to be boring. SAY WHAT?! Yep, it's true. You went into your New Year's Resolution
thinking you'd have to be all about that chicken breast-broccoli-brown rice life, and here we are turning that entire idea on its head. Truth is, in recent years being healthy has become as cool as being seen in the VIP area at Coachella or getting your hands on Yeezys. Sure, pizza memes and self-deprecating jokes about your Netflix addiction are funny, but being able to balance that out with green juices and a post-sweat sesh selfie? Now you're talking. Rather than torturing yourself with a mundane, flavorless diet every damn day, try peppering in some of these up-and-coming (though they've actually been around for thousands of years) health foods.
What It Is:
A type of seaweed. Reddish in color with a chewy texture and a flavor that some claim---wait for it---tastes like bacon when fried. Yep, a bacon flavored vegetable, essentially. The future is here. Why It's Good For You:
Dulse is packed with fiber and protein, as well as vitamins like B12 and B6 and minerals like iron and iodine. It's also insanely low calorie, with one serving weighing in at just 20 calories. How To Eat It:
Die hard health foodies will eat dulse straight out of the bag or raw on salads, but if that's a bit intense for you, try rinsing the leaves to tenderize them. If you're craving that bacon-y flavor (let's be real, when are we not), fry a few leaves of dulse in a skillet with a small amount of oil. Crispy fried dulse leaves are also awesome for topping salads, noodles or popcorn.
What It Is:
An Icelandic-style, non-fat yogurt. Way thicker in texture than normal yogurt, with a tangy initial flavor and a residual sweetness. Why It's Good For You:
Because skyr is so dense, it's higher in protein and calcium than most yogurt. It's also packed with probiotics AKA 'good' bacteria that helps improve digestive health. How To Eat It:
Spoon into it like normal yogurt---we love it sprinkled with cinnamon or topping it with frozen berries and tricking our brains into thinking it's froyo. You can also add skyr to smoothies, and use unflavored versions as a sour cream substitute, or as a base for dips like tzatziki sauce.
What It Is:
An exotic-looking fruit native to Central and South America, but now also grown throughout Asia. You've likely seen it on the Instagram
accounts of some of the health and fitness peeps
you follow. Another name for dragon fruit is pitaya. Why It's Good For You:
Dragon fruit is rich in vitamins C, B1, B2 and B3 and minerals like iron and magnesium. It's low cholesterol, filled with fiber and omega fatty acids which are 'good' fats that our body can't produce on its own, but still needs. How To Eat It:
It can be hard to find fresh dragon fruit or pitaya year-round, even in health food or speciality stores. However you can still get a lot of the same benefits of fresh dragon fruit from dried slices, which are easier to find and keep at hand for quick snacking. Add dried dragon fruit to salads or make your own trail mix by adding almonds, cashews, and other dried fruit.