Trying new things is proven to have tons of benefits, from increased self-esteem to better physical health.
And where better to start than with your diet?
Eating new foods can help you kickstart a weight loss plan, get out of the rut of eating the same meals over and over, and inspire you to visit new places.
To help you start experimenting, we’re listing five exotic foods that everyone needs to try at least once.
Kimchi is a spicy Korean dish that’s typically made up of fermented cabbage. However, the term can cover a wide variety of fermented vegetables, so there’s plenty of room to experiment.
The term can cover a wide variety of fermented vegetables, however, so there’s plenty of room to experiment.
The dish includes garlic, salt, chili, and other spices, and has plenty of health benefits. It’s full of vitamins A, B, and C, and the fact that it’s fermented means it’s packed with healthy bacteria to help with digestion.
Plantain, also known as a ‘cooking banana’, is a versatile fruit that’s popular in parts of Africa and South America.
The fruit can be boiled, steamed or fried to make a tasty side dish – think of it as an exotic version of a potato side, with extra vitamins!
Plantain chips are a popular snack, and a great way to try the fruit for the first time. To make them, simply slice the banana thinly, then deep fry – or head to a store like Top Munch to buy them pre-made.
Durian is a prickly fruit known for its pungent smell – but don’t let that put you off.
Durian contains loads of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin B6, folic acid, potassium, iron, and calcium. On top of that, it contains plenty of fiber, which keeps the digestive system healthy and lowers blood pressure.
You might have to hold your nose, but it’ll be worth it!
If you fancy a less divisive fruit, papaya is a great choice.
This sweet orange fruit has soft flesh and a delicious, tropical flavor. It’s a great source of vitamins A and D and contains several enzymes which can help to reduce inflammation.
You can scoop papaya flesh out with a spoon, add to a summer smoothie, throw onto salads, or bake into cakes.
It’s a versatile fruit that can add a tropical vibe to whatever you’re making.
Baobab is the only fruit in the world which dries naturally while on the tree, and breaking into it reveals a crumbly white powder.
The powder is available to buy all over the world and has been described as tasting similar to sherbert, with a slight citrus flavor. It can be added to drinks, sauces, and smoothies, and provides a great vitamin boost.
Why Try Exotic Foods?
Trying new exotic foods helps you broaden your horizons, come up with new recipe ideas, and pack more goodness into every meal you eat.
It’s also lots of fun! Set the goal of trying at least one exotic food this week.
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