Get the BBQ's ready! Burgers and hot dogs will be flying off the store shelves. However, if you are plan on cutting back on red meat and sugar, what exactly should you be eating? You know all about kale and quinoa, but you might not have heard of these foods that are either good for you or good for the planet.
Breadfruit - This football-sized fruit looks like a big kiwi inside and the flesh is whitish yellow. The trees are easy to grow, so breadfruit has been called “the perfect candidate for tackling world hunger," but it’s good for you, too - they have lots of carbs, are low in fat, and one has as much potassium as 10 bananas.
Chicory - The CDC has added chicory to its list of “powerhouse" foods” because it’s full of fiber, vitamins, folate, and zinc, but it a whole cup of it raw is just seven calories. So swap it for kale in a salad this summer.
Jackfruit - The fleshy inner bulbs of the monstrous yellow Jackfruit are sold at markets around the world and are said to taste like a cross between a mango and a pineapple. But people also shred, season, and cook it up as a meat alternative, which sounds strange, but they say it’s has a texture like pulled pork. They’re also high in calcium, iron, potassium and low in fat. You can eat the seeds, too and they’re good sources of protein.
Watercress - This leafy green ranks number one on the CDC's powerhouse foods list,
so you know it’s good for you.
Lionfish - These are native to the western Pacific Ocean, but they’re now invasive in the Caribbean, Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico, eating everything and causing chaos. But experts say the best way to control the population is eating them.
Banana peels - You can actually eat the banana peels, and they’re high in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, and magnesium. Blend some in a smoothie, or fry, bake, or boil them until tender - the heat makes them easier to chew and digest.
Source: Business Insider