With more and more people self-identifying as “foodies,” it’s hard to take a trip to the grocery store without seeing some strange new foods on the shelf. While your first instinct may be to run away from these odd-looking items, you might actually enjoy a wealth of healthy benefits by trying something new. Below is a quick look at a handful of funny foods that aren’t messing around when it comes to nutrition.
Marmite—which is the same product as Vegemite found on shelves in British and American markets—is a tough food to swallow for most first-timers because of its strong savory flavor. However, this low-calorie, high-protein yeast extract is great for digestion and your nervous system. If you don’t enjoy it as a spread on its own, try using it to glaze chicken or as a savory additive to freshly baked bread.
Another pungently flavored condiment that has been increasing in American popularity is Kimchi, which is a traditional dish in Korean cooking. Kimchi is fermented cabbage that packs a day’s worth of vitamin C and tons of dietary fiber into a single serving. For a deliciously healthy upgrade to your afternoon snack, add some kimchi to a quesadilla cooked in a whole-grain tortilla.
Kohlrabi may look intimidating, because it’s purple and does resemble an overgrown radish with long green leaves sprouting out of the top. Still, this relative of broccoli is worth eating, because it is a great source of phytochemicals, potassium, and vitamin C. Peel and slice it for a new addition to a simple stir-fry.
Next time you stock up on groceries, try adding one of these new foods to your cart. You never know how much you might love the exotic flavors in your cooking.