By Rosie O’Regan
With the Winter Olympics right around the corner, it’s time to get started on your fitness regime. Haven’t been training like an Olympian? No worries, you can eat your way to Olympic strength by adding these delicious superfoods to any meal. From boosting your immune system to reducing the risk of cancer and diabetes, these gold-medal superfoods do it all. You’ll be giving Shaun White, Michelle Kwan, and Apolo Ohno a run for their money in no time.
Eggs + Onions = Classic Western Omelette from Eggstravaganza
Forget egg whites, egg yolks are packed with as many vitamins and minerals as an over-the-counter multivitamin. They’re also rich with protein and cartenoids that keep your vision clear and stave off fatigue. Studies have shown that onions can be used to fight cancer and built strong bones. Get yourself ready for the Games by snagging a Classic Western Omelette with peppers, onions and ham.
Mustard Greens + Peanuts = Beef Shank Bun from Fun Buns
This delicious bun is loaded with superfoods such as pickled mustard greens, carrots, daikons, and crushed peanuts. Mustard greens are high in vitamin K, a key nutrient that improves blood and bone strength. Peanuts contain more protein than any other nut and are also a rich source of heart-healthy fats and fiber. Who knew that this fun-sized bun could give you Olympic strength?
Apples + Cranberries = Apple, Cranberry & Nutella Empanada from Nuchas
An apple a day…turns out that apples can keep the doctor away with their high levels of pectin, a fiber that is shown to reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure, and quercetin, an antioxidant that can reduce the risk of lung cancer. Not to be left out, cranberries have the highest concentration of phenols, an antioxidant that lessens the chance of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Stuffed with granny smith apples, cranberries, pear, nutella, chocolate, and rolled in white almond dough, this sweet empanada from Nuchas is sure to transform you into an Olympian.
Spinach + Lemon Juice = Spinach Pie from Toum
Popeye would have made a great Olympian because spinach is rich with antioxidants such as vitamin K ,which keeps your heart and bones healthy, and iron, which strengthens your hair and nails. Lemon juice is bursting with infection-fighting citric acid, as well as anti-inflammatory properties that can prevent hypertension and arthritis. Seasoned with lemons, onions, and sumac, this delicious spinach pie will leave your competition in the dust.
Avocados + Tomatoes = Chicavocado Dog from Snap Truck
Avocados are a prime source of folate, Vitamin B6, K, and C, as well as heart-healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Fight cancer with tomatoes that are rich in vitamins A, C, and E, in addition to heart-disease preventing phytochemical. For those of you who don’t know, the Chicavocado Dog contains panko crusted avocado wedges, deep fried and dressed up with sweet relish, chopped onions, a pickle spear, two tomato wedges, two peppers, yellow mustard, and a dash of celery salt. Go for the gold.
Although eating isn’t officially an Olympic sport, if it was you would want these superfoods to be on your side. This year while you’re watching your favorite winter Olympians on TV, load up your plate with superfoods, sit back, and think to yourself, “I could do that”.
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