If you think you’ve already tried it all, you’re in for a treat. Most of us enjoy all aspects of a brand new adventure, whether it involves traveling to a new country or trying a new cuisine. For others, it means enjoying something that is completely “out of the box.”
Seeking inspiration from various cultures and countries around the globe, we have rounded up some of the finest yet strangest food combinations that are designed to tease your senses and make your taste buds go wild. The following combinations come with fantastic nutritional profiles, ensuring that you can honor your health and workouts while trying these combinations.
Coffee and Orange
Most people enjoy having a glass of orange juice and a cup of coffee (or two), separately, during breakfast. What if we told you that you could save the pain of washing several cups by simply combining the two drinks?
In Chicago, a crowd favorite is a coffee with an orange wedge. While the two together may sound gross, we actually found that it’s a combination that works wonderfully.
Here’s why: Unlike milk or cream, oranges do not weigh coffee down. They simply take away some of its bitterness, while adding a tad bit of sweetness. This reduces your need to add sugar to your java, making your morning brew far healthier and tastier.
Dark Chocolate and Avocado
Before you go “ew”, hear us out. Avocado can actually be used as a healthy source of fat for your chocolate desserts.
Avocados are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and other good fats that give it its creamy texture, making it a healthy alternative to butter and cream. This makes avocado a perfect base for a healthy pudding made with chia seeds and protein powder or a delightful set of nutritious truffles made with a combination of coconut, dark chocolate, dates and avocado.
Although loaded with good fats, avocados will not make you fat. In fact, studies show that avocados can have the opposite effect by losing weight and boosting your fat loss efforts.
Tip: To give your dessert a bit of oomph, minus the sugar, you can choose coconut, coconut sugar or honey.
When combined together, dark chocolate and avocado make a delicious and healthy dessert packed with healthy fats, antioxidants and minerals. One study showed that dark chocolate had a higher antioxidant activity, flavanols, and polyphenols than acai berries and blueberries.
Bonus tip: Try adding avocado to your hot chocolate made with dark chocolate, for a velvety texture and added smoothness — without compromising on the health factor. It will feel like you’re drinking a silky truffle drink. The avocado doesn’t contribute much to the flavor of the drink because of its mild taste, but it does make it a lot creamier and richer in nutrients, especially omega-3 fatty acids. Make sure you blend the avocado before incorporating it into your hot cocoa.