Eating healthy foods is pretty simple when you follow the Michael Pollan credo of "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
But what if I told you that you can maximize the nourishment you're getting out of the whole plant foods you're already eating by creating a few food synergies along the way?
Food synergies are what happens when two or more foods are combined in a meal that make certain nutrients more easily absorbed and used by your body.
In a recent class at the Natural Gourmet Institute, I learned about the different types of food couplings for bioavailability then got in the kitchen to test them out. It turns out nutrient absorption is not only great for your body on a cellular level, but it's also delicious.
One of the coolest things about the study of food synergies is that a lot of these pairings are found in traditional cuisines, as if they're inherent or instinctual to us as humans.
Here are five totally tasty food synergies to think about the next time you're planning a meal, plus recipes to get you started.