Ranging in variety from the plentiful to an ancient Middle Eastern grain, the following food finds may just find their way on your healthy plate.
What’s up Doc? Rabbit meat has always been an important food source in Europe and the New World. The fact that they breed fast and can even overrun a whole continent (think Australia,) point to how this protein source could be the answer to many a food crisis in the near future.
Rabbit meat is also healthy—that is if you can get beyond the fact that you are eating an animal from the rodent family. Its meat is lean without fat and if raised on a farm may even lose its gamey and stringy texture (Note: even if farm-raised, rabbit meat will still retain a certain gaminess and unique flavour. Some aver that rabbit meat can lose its gamey flavour, but those who will dine on it can surely determine the difference from other domesticated livestock).
For the fitness buff, rabbit meat contains all the amino acids essential for muscle building. It’s also chockfull of vitamin B12 to maintain proper metabolism and a healthy nervous system, while providing the body with selenium for heart health. Rabbit meat is versatile and can be made into any dish that requires meat but is most popular in stews.
Super Freekeh. Sounds freaky? Far from it, freekeh is actually an ancient wheat that’s usually toasted and cracked before consumption—much like how cereal is prepared. It draws comparisons to quinoa but is even more power packed. Fitness buffs should really consider this grain as it contains more protein than the latter Andean grain, and has even more fiber. It is said that a fourth of a cup of freekeh contains the equivalent of 7 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber. The latter is quite impressive, considering that high intakes of fiber have been equated with successful aging and blood sugar control. With regards to antioxidants, freekeh provides both lutein and zeaxanthin which are ideal for protecting vision. Freekeh is prepared much like rice—which means either you boil or steam it.
What do you kalettes? Looking like a badminton birdie (yes, you guessed it, the conical thing-y that’s usually made of either feathers or plastic mesh), the kalettes is supposed to be the successor to kale as a nutritional powerhouse. It is actually related to brussel sprouts and as such is rich in antioxidants and provides vitamin K (for good bone health and the regulation of blood clotting) and vitamin C. It is still quite difficult to find but produce sections in most supermarkets may sometimes be a good source of this unique-looking vegetable. Kalettes are prepared either steamed, blanched, sautéed, roasted and even grilled!
Need some hemp oil? You probably will in the future. Of course, the hemp plant has received much bad press because of its so-called narcotic properties. What people don’t realize is that there are two-kinds of hemp plant, the one used for mind and mood-altering experiences and the one used for fiber (clothing) and foodstuff production. The latter is where this type of oil is sourced. Hemp oil is rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which are good for the heart and cholesterol, and need we say that Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids is only obtainable from food sources and that the human body can’t make them?
Hemp oil is great as an alternative for olive oil in salads as a dressing. It can likewise be used in dips, for making pesto and for drizzling roasted/grilled veggies. It’s quite a delicate oil though and chances are, it may easily go rancid should it be left out in the open or stored properly.
Garcinia Cambogia. This is a unique fruit native to South and Southeast Asia. Resembling most tropical fruits with a somewhat pulpy seed in the middle, it is traditionally used in stews and for flavouring dishes. What makes it unique, however, is that it is actually used to suppress appetite—thus, lending itself well to those on a diet and exercise regimen.
Garcinia Cambogia may be difficult to source in the local market—unlike the other foodstuffs on this list. However, its beneficial appetite suppressing properties can be found in Cosmo Body Advanced with Garcinia Cambogia. The supplement offers this attribute with ease as it comes in capsule form and can readily be ingested, hence there’s no cooking and preparing involved.
All in all, fitness buffs can expect more variety in the healthy foods that they can incorporate in their diet. What will 2019 introduce next? Just wait and see.