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Healthy Foods You've Never Tried

By Sara Butler

Are you an adventurous eater? Really? Just because you’re willing to eat a fish with the head still on doesn’t mean you’re as adventurous as you think. A great way to know if you’re really a no-holds-barred kind of eater is to take a look at some of the most common foods that are incredibly healthy for you but don’t tend to get as much love as they should. Here’s a list of some of the healthiest foods you’ve never heard of – but should try!


Limequats are pretty much exactly what they sound like: a cross between a lime and kumquat. They’re small, nugget-size fruit and are found easily in markets between the months of July and November. They’re full of fiber and Vitamin C and can be eaten just like an apple, rind and all. They make a great substitute for limes or lemons in recipes too.


Pomelos look a lot like a green grapefruit but taste more in line with a melon – with a citrus twist. They’re grown in Florida, Texas, and California, usually harvested from fall until mid-spring. To eat it, simply eat it as you would a grapefruit, by scooping out the fleshy insides. Pomelos are high in fiber but low in calories. They’re also a great source of antioxidants and potassium.

Hubbard Squash

This winter squash isn’t going to win any beauty contests. It’s green and it’s bumpy, which is why it’s often overlooked, even though it’s a winner in the nutrients category! Beauty is on the inside, after all, and this squash is full of a yellow-orange flesh that is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Give a go by roasting it and tossing it with some kale and pasta – it’s delicious.


This root vegetable doesn’t look anything like celery, but its taste profile is very similar. It also happens to be loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, magnesium, and potassium. It’s inexpensive as well as incredibly versatile, so give it a try! You can put it in a salad or cook and mash it as you would a potato.


Quinoa is so 2016. If you want to be current, then try some teff! It’s a North African cereal grass, rich in iron, manganese, fiber, zinc, Vitamin B, and protein. It’s naturally gluten-free and can be cooked with polenta to create a savory or sweet dish. Just one cup of cooked teff has almost 40 percent of the calcium and essential amino acids you need per day.

Seek out these exotic foods for a little variety and a lot of health benefits!

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