The 10 Healthiest Foods You've Never Tried


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3/10/2013 6:00 PM   :  689 comments   :  202,732 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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  • CMOORE1111
    I have tried everything but the red lentils. I prefer salmon steaks instead of canned salmon but canned saves on cost and you still reap some nutritional benefits. - 6/5/2012   4:08:25 PM
    All but the Broccoli Rabe and the Brazil nuts although I am open to trying these! - 6/5/2012   6:38:19 AM
  • 637
    We have had all 10. - 6/4/2012   1:37:57 PM
  • 636
    #s 1, 4, 6, 8, and 9
    I like the frozen mukimame which are so easy to microwave for a quick protein-laden snack! Kiwis are a staple. - 6/2/2012   5:28:33 PM
    Yay! All of them!! Especially a fan of edamame, red lentils, quinoa, pomegranate (love the seeds!!!) and regularly use whole grain pasta and canned salmon. - 5/31/2012   9:23:58 AM
    I have ate and enjoyed everything on the list except broccoli rabe. I never see that organic at any of my frequented grocery stores. Does it taste similar to broccoli because I heart broccoli. - 5/30/2012   12:39:20 PM
  • 633
    I have had everything but red lentils & broccoli rabe. Will give it a try! - 5/30/2012   12:27:09 PM
  • 632
    1. Kiwi (just scoop it straight from the skin!) - yummy
    2. Broccoli rabe (saut� with olive oil, garlic and lemon) - I prefer broccoli
    3. Brazil nuts (munch on a couple) - not a fan
    4. Edamame (steam in the pod and sprinkle with salt) - this is good
    5. Red lentils (cook lentils, then substitute them for chickpeas in hummus) - I'll have to try this
    6. Quinoa (use instead of brown rice) - not sure, my mother eats this and I may have eaten it at her house
    7. Canned salmon (throw on salads or in pasta sauces) - I've been eating this since I was a kid
    8. Prawns (shrimp) (stir fry with vegetables and serve with brown rice) - love boiled shrimp
    9. Whole grain and multigrain pastas (swap these for all your white pasta) - we've been eating whole grain pasta for years
    10. Pomegranate (toss the seeds on salads or mix them with yogurt) - I've been eating these since I was a kid. We had a Pomegrantate bush and we would pick them and eat them fresh.

    So, there are only 2 on the list I haven't tried. I figured there would be more. - 5/15/2012   4:03:37 PM
    I have try all but the red lentils, I am vegan now so I don't eat the can salmon or the prawns. I think I have only had the brown lentils.I tried Quinoa once and didn't like it and will have to give another try. - 5/14/2012   7:13:27 PM
  • 630
    I have tried them all. Edamame is a favorite. I love the single-serve packs with a tiny bit of olive oil and sea salt. Delicious! - 5/14/2012   2:57:26 PM
  • 629
    I've tried everything except the broccoli rabe and red lentils. I've eaten regular brown lentils and have never seen broccoli rabe in my local grocery stores. - 5/14/2012   1:47:52 PM
  • 628
    I have tried and enjoy all 10 - 5/14/2012   1:07:42 PM
  • 627
    Have had and enjoy all ten! - 5/13/2012   8:57:29 AM
  • 626
    I've eaten everyone. Coincidently Broccolli Rabe for the 1st time just tonight. Found at local farmers market. Steamed and naked. - 5/13/2012   1:23:43 AM
    I have tried all of the above and enjoy them all depends on what meal i am eatting them with to how i eat them. - 5/12/2012   11:40:42 AM
  • 624
    1. Kiwi - Yes I love kiwi and its not that expensive. I peel off the skin with a paring knife before eating. Sometimes I like to eat them with bananas.
    2. Broccoli rabe - I never heard of this. I did an internet search and found out that it is a green and not related to broccoli at all. It sounds like it might be good, so I will try it if I can find it.
    3. Brazil nuts (munch on a couple) - I tried these before and I don't care for them.
    4. Edamame (steam in the pod and sprinkle with salt) - these are available frozen from pictsweet. It is very good.
    5. Red lentils (cook lentils, then substitute them for chickpeas in hummus) - I think I have had these before, I once made a lentil stew many years ago. I wasn't thrilled with the lentils so I haven't had them in a while. I'm willing to give lentils another chance though.
    6. Quinoa (use instead of brown rice) - I have been thinking about trying this since Tuesday. I read an article on the benefits of ancient grains and this was one of the ancient grains. I picked a recipe to make this from the Spark People recipe section.
    7. Canned salmon (throw on salads or in pasta sauces) - I haven't had canned salmon in a while. I used to eat salmon patties quite a lot.
    8. Prawns (shrimp) (stir fry with vegetables and serve with brown rice) - I've never had these.
    9. Whole grain and multigrain pastas (swap these for all your white pasta) - I've had this before its good.
    10. Pomegranate (toss the seeds on salads or mix them with yogurt) - I just tried these fresh this past fall they are good. I ate mine just by itself. It is a bit messy to get all the seed out. They have pomegranate as part of a frozen fruit mix too.

    So I've eated 7 out of 10. - 4/19/2012   3:06:44 PM
    All 10 :D - 4/19/2012   10:09:58 AM
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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:

    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

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