30 Jun Fun Healthy Food Facts: Things You Didn’t Know About Food
Kids are not the only ones who sometimes have difficulty eating the foods that are good for us. Healthy foods often receive a bad reputation and are demonized. Well… the first step to eating healthier foods is to learn more about them and to realize their benefits.
Local healthy restaurants in the Gilbert area, like Grubstak, offer many of the following foods in tasty and innovate ways.
A staple ingredient at Grubstak is the sweet potato but surprisingly they are not related to the potato or the yam but are a member of the morning glory family. Besides being a great source of carotenoid antioxidants, they also contain calcium and are high in vitamins A and C. Many entrees at Grubstak feature a 50/50 mixture of regular and sweet potato waffle fries as the base which is a healthier option than only regular potatoes. The bases available allow for healthy customization and provide the foundation for a choice of “grub” as Grubstak calls it.
Broccoli on its own can be a punishment for some but surprisingly it contains twice as much Vitamin C as an orange and nearly as much calcium as whole milk. An option for an entrée at Grubstak is a base of a roasted vegetable medley which contains broccoli. So, if you are looking to get that extra kick of your morning vitamins but it’s too late in the day for a glass of orange juice, go for the vegetable medley!
Did you know that honey is the only edible food that never goes bad? To crave that sweet tooth, few foods accomplish that better than honey. Natural honey goes great with so many different foods. Paired with sweet potato waffle fries, cinnamon, whipped cream and a little bit of chili, the “Sweet as Honey” dessert at Grubstak is a great choice. Honey, if local, also serves as a great natural allergy remedy due to the high local pollen content.
Perhaps the most popular healthy food now, and still on the rise, is the avocado. Farmers are now having difficulty keeping up with demand and for good reason. These superfoods pack high amounts of good fats into a versatile food but even more surprising is the protein content. Of all the fruits, avocados contain the most protein. All the more reason to increase your avocado intake and take advantage of a great healthy food that can be eaten every meal of the day.
Other healthy foods have fun facts about them. Apples come in nearly 10,000 different varieties. Ever tried bobbing for apples? Well, they float because apples are made of 25% air. On the other hand, cabbages are made of 91% water which is a big reason why no one ever bobs for cabbages. An even higher water content can be found in cucumbers which measure in at roughly 96% water. Shocking as it may be, there is more sugar in lemons than strawberries. This one may be the most difficult to believe since people don’t blend up lemons and eat them on shortcakes… for good reason.
Change how you think about eggplants because they are actually fruits and fall under the berry category. Sticking with the berry theme, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries are not berries. Scientifically speaking, they are categorized as aggregate fruits. As far as misleading names go, peanuts win. They technically are legumes and not a nut. Another nut related fun fact is that almonds are part of the peach family.
For those of you seeking to eat on the healthy side, stop on in Grubstak for lunch or dinner. While fast-casual food isn’t often thought of as the healthiest option, Grubstak has reinvented the way that we indulge on delicious tasting food. Grubstak is a local, healthy restaurant that is sure to satisfy everyone’s cravings. Check out the full menu at http://grubstak.com/gilbert-restaurant-menu/.