Jaime Ritter wrote for Cooking Light that you probably already know that eating whole foods and lots of colorful produce is important to staying healthy. But did you know that the ingredients you use in your salad or what sides you pair with your salmon can affect the absorption of vitamins and other important compounds in your meal?
We asked our Director of Food and Nutrition, Brierley Horton, MS, RD, to weigh in on the best foods to pair together for the most health benefits (because you should get bonus points for making healthy choices!). Here are the wholesome food duos she approves of.
Iron + Vitamin C
This study showed that eating vitamin C and iron together helps your body absorb the iron more efficiently.
Try: This Berry Green Smoothie. The spinach provides lots of iron, while the berries boost the vitamin C.
Eat Vitamins A, D, E, and K + healthy fats
Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble, so eating them with healthy fats helps your body absorb them more efficiently.