[Heart + Metabolism] Sprouted Grains
These grains have begun but not finished germinating. They can have triple the soluble fibre, a key to blood sugar control. Our favourite is sprouted rice: Find it at health food stores.
[Heart + Metabolism] Prunes
The combination of fibre and carbs in dried plums can prevent blood sugar swings. An American study suggests that prunes may also help reduce blood levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol.
[Muscle + Metabolism] Mussels
Affordable, sustainable and protein-rich at about 20g per serving, mussels are muscle chow. They also deliver vitamins B12 and C, iron and magnesium, all of which can help you recover from exercise.
[Heart + Metabolism] Macadamia Nuts
With a serving yielding 17g of monounsaturated fat (the heart-healthiest kind), these marbles steamroll almonds and walnuts in good-fat content. Pair them with dark chocolate for a super snack.
[Heart + Metabolism] Chard
Cook up a cup for more than four times your recommended intake of vitamin K, which can help slow arterial calcification. Vitamin K is fat soluble, so sauté your chard in olive oil for the best absorption.