It is quite a well-known fact that taking vitamin C assists absorption of iron, think a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and a boiled egg for breakfast. But there are many more combinations that will do your health the power of good.
Leafy Greens and Lemon juice – adding lemon juice as a dressing over leafy greens such as watercress or spinach are another example of the vitamin C and iron connection. Any vitamin C rich fruit paired with a leafy green such as watercress or spinach will help the plant-based iron absorb more easily.
Avocado and Tomatoes – tomatoes contain the carotenoid lycopene, this cannot be easily absorbed by the body unless eaten with some fat and avocado is a great (and delicious) pairing. Or try Tomatoes drizzled with olive oil, same effect.
Chickpeas and Onions/Leeks/Garlic – onions, leeks and garlic can help you absorb more iron and zinc from grains and legumes, including chickpeas.
Yogurt and Banana – By increasing our beneficial bacteria eating probiotic and prebiotic foods we can help ward off tummy aches. Bananas supply inulin and oligofructose, these are the prebiotics that the probiotics in your gut like to munch on which equals a happier tummy.
Rice and Beans – when consumed together, rice and beans form a complete protein (think Chilli and Rice). A protein is “complete” if it contains all nine of the essential amino acids (those that must be eaten as our bodies cannot make our own).
Eggs and Broccoli – Broccoli surpringsly contains one of the best absorbed forms of calcium, whilst eggs are good source of vitamin D. Vitamin D and calcium are essential for bone health. Make a Broccoli quiche or frittata for a perfect pairing.
There are many more dynamic duo food pairings out there. certainly food for thought.
Power Food Pairings