Combine Products With Maximum Benefit

Nutritionists say: if you combine useful with useful, it will be even more useful. The important thing is to do it right.

"With the combination of some products, their components begin to work synchronously. As a result, the body derives maximum benefit from food, "explains dietician Elaine Magee. Take advantage of this valuable knowledge and our recipes.


Nut + Bulgarian pepper = Explosion of energy

In the diet of every fifth woman lacks iron. But it gives us energy. But the situation can not be corrected if there is simply a food rich in this microelement. "Iron, entering the body with products of plant origin, is poorly digested," - says dietician Heather Mengiri. It turns out, the source of vivacity, contained in beans like chickpeas, flies past the cash register?

Do not panic - there is a way out: add red Bulgarian pepper to dishes. Vitamin C, which is contained in paprika, as a key, opens up for your erythrocytes bins, stuffed with a useful trace element. Throw in the bowl of fried peppers, when you cook homemade hummus (you can still dunk crushed fruits in a finished product), or decorate with chickpeas and chopped paprika vegetable salads.

Tomatoes + Olive oil = Delicate skin

Lycopene - a powerful antioxidant, contained mainly in tomatoes, reduces the harm caused by the epithelium by the sun. If you want your skin to become softer, fill the tomato salad with olive oil. Vegetable fats help lycopene to be better absorbed. The results of a study published in the journal American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that people who eat lots of olive oil have fewer wrinkles.

In addition, tomatoes and butter are simply created in order to eat them together in the form of bruschetta or caprese salad. The cosmetic effect of the Mediterranean "pair" can be strengthened. After three hours on low heat (at 110 degrees), plum the tomato plum tomatoes in olive oil (more lycopene is released when heated).

Broccoli + Eggs = Life without PMS

We have good news for you - it seems, to get rid of the unpleasant symptoms of PMS, it is enough to go to the nearest supermarket. According to a study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, women who receive the necessary amounts of calcium and vitamin D with food are less likely to suffer PMS by 30-40%.

So what should we look for in the supermarket? Broccoli and eggs. Green inflorescences are rich in one of the most easily digestible forms of calcium, and eggs are the best natural source of vitamin D. These two products are easiest to combine in an omelet or frittata - an Italian scrambled eggs with filling.

Spinach + Avocado = Sharp Eye

"In spinach, there are lots of lutein and vitamin A. They are even more in avocado, and the flesh of the fruit is rich in the" good "fats necessary for the body to dissolve these nutrients," says nutritionist Hope Barkukis.


If you are a cosmopolitan in the kitchen (after this homemade hummus we do not doubt it) and prepare the dishes of Mexican cuisine yourself, serve the quesadilla and taco chopped spinach. Another option - a spinach salad with dressing from avocado (puree of green fruit, lemon juice, olive oil and seasonings to taste - will come off and the duty mixture of garlic, salt and pepper).

Oat flakes + Apples = Healthy heart

Oat flakes contain beta-glucan and aventantramides, which protect your blood vessels from cholesterol. Strengthen the healing effect of morning porridge with fresh apple pieces (just do not cut the skin - it contains most of the nutrients). In the fruit, there are many flavonoids - important antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals and, in addition, fight inflammatory processes. Lightly fry slices of apple with cinnamon in a small amount of butter, then cut and add to hot flakes.

Yoghurt + Crushed flax seeds = Excellent digestion

About 400 species of bacteria live in your intestines. Some of them are good for health, others are not very good. If the "bad" microorganisms become more than good, you begin to feel the heaviness in the stomach.

Yoghurts, designed specifically for digestion, contain probiotics - "good" bacteria. But some sour-milk products can not fix the situation. To survive and multiply, probiotics need prebiotics - special plant fibers, which, for example, are rich in flax seeds. To restore and maintain a healthy balance in the digestive system is very simple: add a teaspoon of chopped sunflower seeds into yogurt. Do you want more complicated? Make a fruit and yoghurt parfait, in which the crushed flax seeds will be responsible for the crunchy texture.

Green Tea + Lemon Juice = Cancer Prevention

Green tea is rich in catechins - polyphenols, which suppress the growth of cancer cells. However, unfortunately, in the stomach these fighters have to tight - only 20% survive. Researchers at Purdue University found that if you squeeze a lemon into a cup of green tea, catechins acquire properties that already make up 80%.


If you squeeze a slice of lemon into a cup, then green tea will be four times more effective to protect you from cancer.
To strengthen the curative effect of polyphenols, add a teaspoon of sugar to the drink (this is only 16 calories). Thanks to the sweetness, catechins pass into a form that is three times more easily absorbed by the body.

Pasta + Balsamic vinegar = Flat stomach

Moment a plate of pasta for dinner and in a few hours again you want to eat? Add balsamic vinegar to the dish. "Acetic acid slows down the process of digesting glucose contained in starchy foods, and blood sugar rises and falls more slowly," says nutritionist Carol Johnston. Thus, refueling helps to control the feeling of hunger, and you are unlikely to eat too much until supper. Studies at the University of Arizona have shown that adding two spoonfuls of vinegar to a fast-carbohydrate dish slows the increase in blood sugar by 20%. So boldly water the pasta with a mixture of olive oil and balsamic.

Chicken + Carrots = Strong immunity

It is difficult to find a root crop in which there would be more vitamin A, necessary for the body to fight infections. But such a useful antioxidant without enough zinc, which is abundant in chicken, beef and pork, is like firewood without a match. You need zinc to assimilate vitamin A, otherwise it will not get to where you need it and the body will not be able to use it. Fire the chicken breasts and - be a hare - make them a carrot salad (grated root, lemon juice, sesame and dressing to taste - vegetable oil or sour cream).

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