The 10 Healthiest Foods You've Never Tried

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3/10/2013 6:00 PM   :  672 comments   :  97,404 Views

I recently saw a list of the 10 Healthiest Foods You've Never Tried. I pride myself on being an adventurous (mostly vegetarian) eater. When I saw the list, I was excited to see how many I'd eaten.

How many have you eaten?


I've eaten all 10. Numbers 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9 are regulars in my household.
Here's the list and a quick tip for eating each food!
1. Kiwi (just scoop it straight from the skin!)
2. Broccoli rabe (sauté with olive oil, garlic and lemon)
3. Brazil nuts (munch on a couple)
4. Edamame (steam in the pod and sprinkle with salt)
5. Red lentils (cook lentils, then substitute them for chickpeas in hummus)
6. Quinoa (use instead of brown rice)
7. Canned salmon (throw on salads or in pasta sauces)
8. Prawns (shrimp) (stir fry with vegetables and serve with brown rice)
9. Whole grain and multigrain pastas (swap these for all your white pasta)
10. Pomegranate (toss the seeds on salads or mix them with yogurt)

(For more information on how to cook these foods, and what nutritional benefits they offer, read the full story.)

Have you tried these foods? Will you? How do you eat them?


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  • 622
    All 10! Makes me hungry just thinking about it. :) - 4/9/2012   11:55:14 AM
  • 621
    I've never bought broccoli rabe, never have noticed it in the store. Also, I've never had red lentils (as far as I know). I don't know if I've ever had any lentils. I thought lentils were part of a window frame?

    Allergic to shrimp, and Brazil nuts but I have had them in the past. Funny, I bought canned salmon to try, but I've never eaten it. Not a salmon fan.

    I have 3 baby pomegranate bushes in my front yard. I usually buy them at the store, loved them as a kid. Last year I found them already separated (expensive tho) at Costco and introduced them to my son. Yummy! - 3/26/2012   7:29:26 PM
  • 620
    I have eaten them all and love them all, except the canned salmon. I prefer my salmon fresh. Tuna, too, for that matter; I'm not crazy for canned meat. You can get frozen edamame, which is nice to keep in the freezer.

    Brazil nuts are nature's selenium packet. Only one or two, because you can easily go over the amount of selenium you can have in a day. A yummy, easy snack - wrap a brazil nut in a date. I like to freeze my Brazil nuts because I love them too much. If it is frozen, it takes longer to eat, so it is easier to eat just one or two. - 3/24/2012   8:17:40 AM
  • BROCCOLIROSE
    619
    I've eaten all except for the prawns....can't eat shellfish.....I just discovered Quinoa a few months ago... LOVE the stuff! - 3/23/2012   12:39:00 PM
  • MOMMACLAIRE
    618
    I have tried most of the list I like salmon and shrimp wheat pasta. I do not like the promegranante and kiwi. Never heard of quinoa. will have to try it. - 3/23/2012   11:12:49 AM
  • 617
    Just a note...if you have a latex allergy, don't eat kiwi. Kiwi fruit are a possible trigger fruit for latex allergy sufferers. Also, related are bananas, papayas, avocados, and apricots. - 2/16/2012   2:13:29 PM
  • JFOLTZ321
    616
    I use all of them. I don't like can salmon, but I bake a salmon piece and use it. - 2/2/2012   10:25:01 AM
  • 615
    I don't eat seafood but have tried or use all the others.

    I'm not a fan of Broccoli Raab (a bit strong for me), but I'm startled that the article considers some of these foods unusual. I'm AARP age & we had Brazil nuts & pomegranates in the house when I was a kid; canned Salmon was (& is) a staple item. Try making salmon patties before you give up on it!

    Love Quinoa for the protein & versatility. I prefer shelled Edamame when I can find it. Pomegranates have become too expensive, but the others are regulars at our house!

    And try red lentils even if you don't like the brown/green. Hit an Indian market some time. There are so many lentil varieties, & they are definitely different.

    - 1/15/2012   12:18:29 PM
  • 614
    Yes, love them all! Using more and more quinoa ~ check out SparkPeople Cookbook pizza dough recipe, it's yum. Pomegranate and kiwi are more of a treat due to cost. But Costco just had them at a great price so I'm munching down. I like to slice them thin and eat the skins, too. - 1/12/2012   11:01:08 AM
  • 613
    I have tried them all except the red lentils. I don't see them in the local grocery stores. I wonder if they taste any better than regular brown lentils. I love broccoli rabe ( also known as rapini) and grown it in the garden. - 11/7/2011   8:16:18 PM
  • COUTURELADY
    612
    I'm vegan so I won't eat two of them but I have in the past. I love quinoa and it's versatility. - 11/3/2011   6:56:52 PM
  • 611
    I am proud of myself, I have tried all of them so far. I didn't love the canned salmon and I have yet to make quinoa taste good anywhere except in soup. Even though quinoa is better for you I prefer couscous. - 8/17/2011   11:58:23 PM
  • 610
    I've eaten all except canned salmon and prawns because I'm a vegetarian and never like seafood anyway. - 8/17/2011   11:17:27 PM
  • 609
    I have tried them all. I love the kiwi and pomegranates. - 8/17/2011   2:39:32 PM
  • FITTESTNURSE
    608
    I have eaten 8 out of10. Not so bad - 7/31/2011   5:12:38 PM
  • 607
    I've eaten them all, though I didn't care for quinoa. - 7/29/2011   12:02:05 PM
  • 606
    We grew broccoli rabe in our garden. Not overly fond of it but it is a green. I add it to soups in small pieces and get it by the kids. Never had quinoa. Will try it. - 7/28/2011   5:04:21 AM
  • 605
    I've tried all except Quinoa. I never heard of it until now. - 7/27/2011   9:37:59 PM
  • RMSTOKES1
    604
    10 for 10..... try the Kiwi with the skin... yummy! - 7/25/2011   1:09:08 PM
  • 603
    I've eaten them all, and here is how:

    1. Kiwi (just scoop it straight from the skin!), or cut it up in a fruit salad.
    2. Broccoli rabe (sauté with olive oil, garlic and lemon), or lightly steamed.
    3. Brazil nuts (munch on a couple), one of my favorites in mixed nuts since I was a kid.
    4. Edamame (steam in the pod and sprinkle with salt), or de-shell and use as salad topping (especially good with a salmon salad).
    5. Red lentils (cook lentils, then substitute them for chickpeas in hummus), or make a lentil and quinoa salad, or puree and put in pasta sauce or even cookies (yes, cookies!)
    6. Quinoa (use instead of brown rice), or in the salad mentioned above, made into couscous, used in meatloaf, and even soups.
    7. Canned salmon (throw on salads or in pasta sauces), or make salmon salad sandwiches, salmon cakes, or a salmon spread for crackers.
    8. Prawns (shrimp) (stir fry with vegetables and serve with brown rice), the possibilities are endless!
    9. Whole grain and multigrain pastas (swap these for all your white pasta). Barilla Plus is my favorite; it contains omega-3 and has as much protein as meat (a cheap and healthy way to get protein).
    10. Pomegranate (toss the seeds on salads or mix them with yogurt). The possibilities with this fruit are also endless. One of my favorite ways: remove arils (seeds) from the pith by cutting off the crown (lightly taping the outer shell with a meat tenderizer helps loosen the casing) and pull the fruit apart in sections, removing the arils in a bowl of water. The arils sink, and everything else floats. Skim off floating material and strain arils to remove water. Then I put them in a bowl and eat them with a spoon for an explosion of flavor.
    - 6/30/2011   3:45:21 PM
  • 602
    Great List
    8 of 10
    Started eating Kiwi after learning it was high in Vit C
    Plan to pick up Brazil nuts and canned Salmon on my next shopping trip. Then I'll be 10 for 10! - 6/28/2011   5:14:52 PM
  • 601
    I've had all of them except brazil nuts because my husbands allergic. They are all yummy and I have loved kiwi since I was a kid. - 6/19/2011   6:04:14 PM
  • NEWSUSAN2119
    600
    I've eaten all ten and use most of them as a regular part of my diet - 6/9/2011   8:40:05 PM
  • 599
    I've only had 3 out of 10. BUT I bought quiona today at the store. - 5/23/2011   6:06:34 PM
  • 598
    I eat all of them, but I can't say I've ever had red lentils. Maybe it's time to try 'em. - 5/10/2011   11:14:04 AM
  • 597
    i've had 6! i think it's funny that shrimp is on there.. who HASN'T ever had shrimp?! i surprised myself when i realized i have never had a fresh pomegranate! - 2/21/2011   11:50:19 AM
  • 596
    I eat all 10! :) - 1/25/2011   8:22:08 AM
  • 595
    I've tried them all, but I haven't had any of the meat items since I was a small child. - 1/19/2011   10:14:53 AM
  • 594
    To chris3874, No, broccoli rabe and kohlrabi are not the same thing. I've eaten both, and like both, but I love kohlrabi raw, and broccoli rabe, I wouldn't want to eat raw. Broccoli Rabe is also called Rapini, among other names. Read about it here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapini

    BTW, I have eaten everything in this list, and do on a pretty regular basis, except prawns--I'm allergic to all shellfish. - 1/18/2011   9:26:34 AM
  • 593
    I have tried all 10, most I eat regularly - 1/17/2011   9:15:53 AM
  • 592
    Ive tried everything with the possible exception of number 5. Why wouldn't you eat the kiwi skin and all - I do. just wash it first, of course. I haven't heard of #2 but I have heard of kohl rabi is that the same thing? - 1/16/2011   9:18:33 PM
  • 591
    I've only had salmon and prawns. I THINK I've tried Kiwi juice from the carton and didn't like it. - 1/16/2011   11:14:18 AM
  • 590
    I've tried everything except quinoa. I did buy some & have it in my pantry but haven't cooked it yet. I'll try pretty much anything once. - 1/16/2011   9:28:36 AM
  • 589
    I was really surprised how many of these I have eaten. 1,2,4,5,7,9,10 Last year my boy and I played shopping adventure - every time we went shopping one of us had to pick a fruit or vegetable we had never tried. it really expanded our food menu. Some things we have never had since but some are now regulars at our table.

    - 1/15/2011   8:13:35 PM
  • EXENEC
    588
    Tried them all, like most of them. Red lentils are my favorite kind and that's a great idea to substitute them for chickpeas in hummus. I'm going to try that. - 1/15/2011   11:39:10 AM
  • SLAMSLAM2
    587
    I guess our house isn't as adventurous. We eat Kiwi regularly. We also are regular wheat pasta people. Those two don't really stick out as ones I would say are rare. The others are harder to find and more likely to not be eaten. - 1/15/2011   9:24:12 AM
  • 586
    I have eaten 1, 3, 7, 8, and 9. I love kiwi one of my faves. - 1/14/2011   9:06:29 AM
  • 585
    I've tried them all. My mom used to make salmon cakes from canned salmon, but I prefer to use (wild-caught) salmon filets. Also, I'm now allergic to shrimp, so I no longer eat it. Finally, I have eaten whole wheat pastas but my family prefers the low-fiber highly-processed white stuff, so that's what we eat. - 1/6/2011   5:29:16 PM
  • 584
    1.2.5.7.8.9 i eat regulary...
    I have no idea what Edamame is ?! - 1/3/2011   5:58:01 AM
  • GBHOTMAMMA
    583
    1,2,7,9,10 are regulars in our house. I thought it was weird kiwi was on the list? I thought it was pretty common (and inexpensive!) Still haven't tried 4,5 or 6. Haven't seen red lentils anywhere in my town, the other 2 are just so expensive! - 12/7/2010   1:20:27 AM
  • 582
    I've had all except red lentels - funny - I have a bag of them in the pantry. I'll get them out! Also, I do not eat much shellfish...had prawns in Hawaii a long time ago + of course, in Louisiana - not for me - I believe in the "rules" in the bible - they seem to be finding scientific proof of all that. I liked the blog - since I'm off to the grocery today, it gives me ideas for what to buy! - 9/25/2010   11:57:32 AM
  • 581
    1. Kiwi (just scoop it straight from the skin!) - Yes...but I get a reaction from them..especially their skins.

    2. Broccoli rabe (sauté with olive oil, garlic and lemon) - never heard of it! I'll have to try!

    3. Brazil nuts (munch on a couple) - have had...haven't thought to buy any lately.

    4. Edamame (steam in the pod and sprinkle with salt) - never had. Not really sure what it is.

    5. Red lentils (cook lentils, then substitute them for chickpeas in hummus) - I eat green lentils all the time. I can't imagine they are much different??

    6. Quinoa (use instead of brown rice) - one of my favourites! In rice...especially in soup!!

    7. Canned salmon (throw on salads or in pasta sauces) - HAS to be GOOD canned Salmon or else it is too fishy.

    8. Prawns (shrimp) (stir fry with vegetables and serve with brown rice) - all the time.

    9. Whole grain and multigrain pastas (swap these for all your white pasta) - all the time.

    10. Pomegranate (toss the seeds on salads or mix them with yogurt) - LOVE!


    Read more: http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?
    post=poll_the_10_healthiest_foods_y
    ouve_never_tried#ixzz0zbNyXLcg
    - 9/15/2010   8:51:05 AM
  • 580
    Tried all of them. Some I will eat more of, some I react badly to. - 9/14/2010   10:39:27 PM
  • 579
    I have and continue to eat all 10! (Must have something to do with having been fortunate enough to have a mom who not only collects cookbooks, but USES them! As well as traveling and living in the states, Europe, Far East and Middle East.)
    Quinoa, is one I have been trying to convince myself to try again as it "did" nothing for me the one time I ate it. I know there are a number of "versions" and the one I had was VERY tiny and dark brown. Any suggestions to the type and a recipe or two would be appreciated!

    Red lentils are not generally found in lentil soups that you normally can find. You can find them easily at Indian grocery stores (they look more orange than red to me). They are great! AND they cook up more quickly than "conventional" lentils.
    Qui - 9/14/2010   9:32:22 PM
  • 578
    The only thing I have not tried is red lentils, but I am sure I eat them in lentil soup! So if that is red lentils, I eat and love all 10! - 9/14/2010   4:08:47 PM
  • ULEWIJ
    577
    I have not had red lentils, or canned salmon (ewww really??? canned salmon?) But I've had everything else - 9/14/2010   12:51:52 PM
  • 576
    Tried them all except Prawns and Lobsters and Crabs and Shrimp and all of those "unclean" foods. It's really not a religiosity thing - scientists are finding out all the time that there really are physical issues with eating the "unclean" meats spoken of. I've noticed achiness in my kidney region and red urine when I have had shrimp etc (knowingly or unknowingly). My doctor even was frustrated when he came home from a doctor's convention, face down in the shrimp cocktail the entire time, and his blood cholesterol was 199 and mine was only 132!! I said, "Well hey, if you kept Kosher, it would be lower!" and he said "hmmmmm" and sulked off!! ;-) - 9/13/2010   4:59:05 PM
  • 7WORSHIPS
    575
    I have tried 8 on the list. I have not yet tried broccoli rabe but I plan to look for it at the store. I will never try prawns because I am severely allergic to all shellfish. - 8/28/2010   7:27:26 AM
  • 574
    I have eaten all of them! - 8/18/2010   4:33:04 PM
  • 573
    Have had all except broccoli rabe. Still trying to figure out what that is... - 7/30/2010   6:02:59 AM

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