Bananas: pair with milk
Got tummy problems? Get bananas. The yellow fruit is a good source of inulin, a type of fibre that helps balance “good” bacteria levels in your digestive system. Even more, it enhances calcium absorption, benefiting your bones. Pair your ‘nana with good sources of calcium, such as milk, yoghurt, cheese, broccoli and kale, to promote bone health. A good breakfast combo: add sliced bananas to cereal with skim milk.
Strawberries: eat with peanut butter
Vitamin E promotes healthy eyes and may help prevent macular degeneration (a cause of blindness). Vitamin C boosts the power of vitamin E, putting it into a form that helps your body use it best. Pair sources of vitamin C such as strawberries, citrus fruits and tomatoes, with a good source of vitamin E, such as peanuts/peanut butter, almonds/almond butter and sunflower seeds.
Broccoli: serve with mustard
Broccoli is a good source of sulforaphane, a cancer-fighting compound. Unfortunately, cooking the greens destroys myrosinase, an enzyme that makes sulforaphane available to your body. To replace the myrosinase, combine broccoli with mustard or another raw cruciferous vegetable, such as rocket. The extra myrosinase helps your body absorb more sulforaphane, according to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition.