13 exotic and nutritious foods to try for better health
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Expand Your Pantry
Just because you can’t pronounce it (let alone prepare it), doesn’t mean you should avoid exotic foods altogether. Eden Grinshpan, host of Cooking Channel’s Eden Eats, thinks men should expand their palates. “If you can relate an ethnic food to something you already have in your pantry, you can substitute it with something that’ll lend an exotic flair to your dishes,” Grinshpan says. “And you could really impress a date if you whip her up something new and adventurous to try.”
A Korean fermented cabbage, kimchi is loaded with vitamins A, B, and C, but its biggest benefit may be its healthy probiotics, which aid in digestion. Use it instead of pickles in turkey sandwiches, or add to stir-frys and rice dishes.
This porcupine-like fruit reeks once opened. But if you can get past the stench, you’ll be rewarded with a creamy, tangy fruit that’s high iniron and fiber, and, Grinshpan adds,“is a powerful aphrodisiac.”
A Tunisian hot sauce that’s great with meats and stews, it’s high in vitamin C, and may help fight inflammation, torch fat, and lower blood pressure. Use sparingly: Harissa can burn your mouth, Grinshpan warns.
These oily fish may be small, but they’re packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Sardines pro-mote heart health and reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Grill them three minutes per side, Grinshpan says. Or wrap them in grape leaves to hold them together and for added flavor.
A toasted sesame paste found in North African cuisine, it adds a nutty flavor to hummus and sauces. Tahini is supposed to increase blood flow in your arteries, which is why it’s good for your sex drive.
This spice is an anti-inflammatory and liver detoxifier and aids with weight management and cancer prevention. “It is subtle, earthy, and adds great color to your dishes,” says Grinshpan, who uses it in curries and chicken marinades.