5 Weird Healthy Foods I Eat

by Her Happy Balance on March 12, 2013

So while surfing the web yesterday, I came across a post on 7 Very Strange But Healthy Foods. It talked about how foods like calf’s liver (high in protein – great for anemics), cow’s brains (natural source of vitamin A) and blood pudding (rich in iron and zinc) are all really healthful for one reason or another. Honestly, I’ve never tried any of those foods and really would like to keep it that way. But I think I may eat some foods that other people find kind of weird but are definitely healthy, here’s my list of funky foods:

1.) Seaweed Salad – Can I just say that I may be addicted to this? I woke up craving it for breakfast yesterday, that’s not exactly normal, people. I actually am planning a special trip this upcoming weekend to stock up on it…yeah it’s that bad.

Benefits:

  • Good source of vitamin A, B, C, D and K.
  • “May reduce the risk of breast cancer due to its anti-estrogenic effects, as well as improve menstrual symptoms” (source)
  • Contains alginate, a polysaccharide that may prevent fat absorption

Just be cautious and don’t overdo it on the seaweed salad as it is high in sodium… I mean it comes from the ocean people!

Part of my lunch from last Friday, yum!

Part of my lunch from last Friday, yum!

2.) Chia Seeds– I just stocked up on these babies. I was recently asked “What do you even do with those?!” Well, I put them in my yogurt, oatmeal, protein shakes, and on top of salads and meat. You know, just sprinkle them liberally over everything I can. So, weirdo that I am, I have a stash of the seeds both at home and at work. There are SO many benefits with these seeds but I’ll try to stick to the highlights.

Benefits:

  • High in omega-3 and omega-6
  • Stabilizes blood glucose levels by slowing the rate of complex carbohydrate digestion
  • Contain 20% protein, this is a much more protein than wheat or rice
  • More antioxidants than fresh blueberries *gasp!*
  • A 1 oz serving contains 11 grams of dietary fiber
  • “The word “Chia” comes from the Mayan language and means strength. […] It is said that 1 tablespoon of Chia can sustain a person for 24 hours.” (source)
This picture pretty much sums up how I feel about chia seeds(source)

This picture pretty much sums up how I feel about chia seeds
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3.) Goat meat (chevon)- there’s this really awesome Indian dish that I get sometimes for lunch, it’s a version of curried goat. It’s the only way I’ve ever had goat, but I dig it. Fact! Goat is the most widely consumed meat in the world (said like Dwight Schrute).

Benefits:

  • Lower in fat than chicken, higher in protein than beef! Say whatttt?!

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  •  Good source of zinc and Iron as well as B group vitamins 
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4.) Venison (deer meat)- Well I can thank my boyfriend for introducing me to this. He’s a hunter and when you bring home a buck…it pretty much means a freezer stocked with lots of different cuts of venison. I’ve had it in chili, mac and cheese, on nachos, in eggs, and in salami form. Essentailly we use it as a ground beef substitute. For reals people, it’s delicious. Not gamey at all!

Benefits:

  • No hormones added!
  • Great source of B vitamins
  • Low in calorie
  • High in Protein
  • Compared against most other meats (even chicken!), the cholesterol levels are pretty low (source)
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5.) Apple Cider Vinegar-  if I’m being completely honest I would say that I don’t drink this too much, but I’m going to work on incorporating it into my diet more…maybe add it to my juices.

Benefits:

  • According to Reader’s Digest, it whitens teeth! Gotta love that.
  • May help reduce blood glucose levels
  • May help with stomach issues due to its potential antibiotic properties
  • Helps with weight loss as drinking it may make you feel fuller for longer. My mother makes a drink with apple cider vinegar and honey in it and she swears by it. (source)
We always have a bottle of those in the pantry.(source)

We always have a bottle of this in the pantry.
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Thoughts??

Do you eat any strange but healthy foods?

Would you ever be willing to try something like cow’s brains or blood pudding?

Do you try to research your food before you eat it?

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Runner Girl Eats March 12, 2013 at 7:56 am

Venison chili is absolutely the best! So tasty. I don’t drink apple vinegar straight but use it when making my salad dressings. So tasty! Everyone is raving about chia seeds and I’ve been thinking of buying some to experiment with. What’s the texture/taste?

Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes March 12, 2013 at 11:10 am

Does the apple cider vinegar necessarily have to be organic? Or will any do?

Her Happy Balance March 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I wasn’t able to find any info saying that the ACV needed to be organic. I think it should say that it’s raw though. I think the Bragg’s brand that I have pictured is the most common.

Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes March 12, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Thanks…having some digestive issues, hopefully that will help.

Her Happy Balance March 12, 2013 at 2:44 pm

The texture of the chia seeds is pretty much the same as unground flaxseed. I don’t actually notice any flavor to them at all, but some people report that they get a slightly nutty flavor from them. Try them! I’m loving adding them to everything haha

Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen March 12, 2013 at 8:00 am

I didn’t know venison had so many health benefits. Next hunting season, I’ll be sure to give it another shot! Seaweed salad is so good but definitely strange 🙂

Her Happy Balance March 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Seaweed salad is my favorite. And definitely give venison a try, it’s so delicious!

Caitlyn March 12, 2013 at 8:02 am

I drink a glass of grapefruit juice, apple cider vinegar & a little drop of honey everyday!

Her Happy Balance March 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm

That sounds really good! I’m not a huge grapefruit fan, but I’d be willing to give it a try with the honey 🙂

pickyrunner March 12, 2013 at 8:07 am

Yes I definitely do NOT eat any of those things 😉

Her Happy Balance March 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm

haha well the venison is pretty much just like ground beef, so you’d probably be okay with that one if no one told you what it was 🙂

Flake And Cake March 12, 2013 at 8:24 am

I’ve always wanted to try ACV, think I’ll def give it a go after reading this! Thanks so much for sharing – never tried goat meat and venison but so interesting to read about their benefits!

Her Happy Balance March 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Yeah, I was surprised how lean and protein-filled both were! I was just eating them because I liked ’em! And definitely give the ACV a try 🙂

Nikki March 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

Great post!! I tried doing “shots” of apple cider vinegar once when I was having knee troubles. I had heard it helps to heal creaky knees….but just couldn’t get it down without feeling like I had a volcano in my stomach. I like the idea of adding it to juices though…could add just the right amount of acid that is sometimes needed to balance things out.

Her Happy Balance March 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Yeah, I don’t think I could down it in shot form either! It needs to be diluted or sweetened up with something first. I’ve heard that taking glucosamine helps your joints, maybe you could try that! It comes in pill and drink form. And I’ll definitely be trying the ACV in a juice soon 🙂

Alex @ therunwithin March 12, 2013 at 8:46 am

I eat none of these but those protein sources really intrigue me. i kind of love these strange but good foods you have going on

Her Happy Balance March 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Yeah, I mean I was definitely skeptical the first time I ate the goat…but it’s not gamey or funky tasting…then again I eat it covered up with a lot of awesome Indian spices.

jsresults March 12, 2013 at 8:52 am

I currently drink Apple Cider vinegar but all the rest that you mention are very very very interesting LOL. I was considering adding Chia seeds to my diet. After reading this I am inching closer to that decision. Next time I hit the store I will have to check it out

jsresults March 12, 2013 at 8:52 am

Oh and for ACV I always do Blueberry Aqui tea mixed with it. I think it taste awesome in that combo

Her Happy Balance March 12, 2013 at 2:53 pm

That’s a great idea to add it to tea! I’m not a huge tea fan but the blueberry acai flavor sounds delicious! And definitely give the chia seeds a go! I find that they keep me full for longer.

jsresults March 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm

At my local grocer the BB/Acai tea is 2 for $5 for 20 packets a piece so I love scooping those up. And I am seriously considering running to the grocery store right now to get chia! haha

megbek March 12, 2013 at 9:02 am

Great list! I love me some Chia seeds. Flax seeds are great too. I usually combine the two of them when I put them in my salad or smoothie.

Her Happy Balance March 12, 2013 at 2:53 pm

I’m a big flax lover as well. And they don’t really have any flavor of their own so I don’t mind adding them to just about anything!

bezzymates March 12, 2013 at 9:37 am

I just started ACV for my acne. It’s been 5 days in treatment and I can see a change in clarity and tone of my skin. I do smell like a pickled onion though.

Her Happy Balance March 12, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Oh man, that’s pretty funny 🙂 I hadn’t heard of using it for acne, but that’s great that it is working for you! I’l remember that for flare ups!

genext13 March 12, 2013 at 10:03 am

I do not consider these strange foods. Although, if you remember, chia was the seeds used on Chia Pets. 🙂

Her Happy Balance March 12, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I know whenever I use the chia seeds I say “cha-cha-cha-chia!” in my head 🙂

Running In Heels March 12, 2013 at 11:06 am

Andy is a hunter so we have a TON of frozen venison meat in the fridge. We just added it to our pasta last night in exchange for ground beef! It was just as good, if not better, and way healthier!

Her Happy Balance March 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Does Andy get any of the deer made into salami? It’s so good with cheese and crackers! And I agree it’s just as good and healthier than ground beef…and cheaper because it’s in the freezer 🙂

jumpeatrun March 12, 2013 at 11:48 am

I suck down chia like it’s going out of style! haha. I also put nutritional yeast on salads pretty often.

Her Happy Balance March 12, 2013 at 2:58 pm

I’ve heard of using nutritional yeast before, what are the main health benefits from it? And it’s tasteless, correct?

cleaneatingveggiegirl March 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Apple cider vinegar really seems to have some amazing benefits associated with it. I absolutely need to start trying to incorporate more into my diet and into my cooking!

Her Happy Balance March 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Yeah, I do as well. I imagine if I was cooking with it, it wouldn’t be quite so pungent either as just drinking straight.

balancingonhoney March 12, 2013 at 2:04 pm

1. I had spinach salad for the first time the other day at a sushi place and I was surprised to find I really enjoyed it! Where do you buy yours?
2. I am obsessed with Chia “pudding” for breakfast! I soak them in almond milk and they blow up and become soft. Then I add some fruit, cinnamon, vanilla, etc.
3. I have never had goat meat but it sounds like a good thing.
4. I really like ground deer meat, but I can’t recal if I have had venison.
5. I have heard amazing things about apple cider vinegar, but haven’t tried that yet either… I just recently tried my first Kombucha drink though!

Her Happy Balance March 12, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I still need to try kombucha, how did you like it?! And I am so trying your chia seed pudding! Great idea 🙂 And I am going to buy the seaweed at the Hmart (an Asian market chain).

balancingonhoney March 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I tried both the Wonder and the Synergy brand of Kombucha. I thought the grape flavored Wonder was awesome and I didn’t get why people don’t like kombucha. Then I tried the Synergy in Gingerberry and Cranberry and I got it lol. It was way less sweet and had a much stronger vinegar taste and smell. I heard that the mango and green flavors are the best from Synergy and I haven’t tried those yet.

Her Happy Balance March 13, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I tried a pretty awful Kombucha drink a while back. It was so sour and blech that I haven’t tried on since. I’ll have to try the Synergy brand if I get up the courage again 🙂

RachLapchak March 12, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Interesting foods! Since I don’t eat meat, never had goat or venison, but I’d imagine it’s tasty. Love love love seaweed salad though. I always get that as an appetizer whenever I go out for sushi or Japanese food. So yummy and healthy for you!

Her Happy Balance March 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Exactly! I’m a HUGE fan of it as well 🙂

maureenbreakingfree March 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I love seaweed salad and chia seeds too! My dad loves blood pudding but I just can’t bring myself to try it!

Her Happy Balance March 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm

haha I don’t blame you for not wanting to try it. I looked up some pictures of it and it just does not look appealing to me.

blonde hair blue eyed runner March 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I use apple cider vinegar in some of my dishes and I don’t mind chia seeds. That salad looks yummy!

Her Happy Balance March 12, 2013 at 3:27 pm

The seaweed is delicious! Definitely give it a try if you have the chance! I need to start cooking with apple cider vinegar more.

thedancingrunner March 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Oh the seaweed salad looks good! And I eat chia seeds just about everyday in my oats.

Her Happy Balance March 13, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Chia seeds are slowly starting to make an appearance at all of my meals 🙂

callyc86 March 13, 2013 at 7:18 am

I’m also working on getting Chia and Apple Cider Vinegar in my diet….goat meat?! Yikes…dare I try it???

Her Happy Balance March 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Well I’ve only ever had it where it’s been covered in loads of spices, but the goat was really tasty prepared that way!

Megan March 13, 2013 at 9:04 am

Fun post! I have never tried the meat cuts you mentioned but that’s just because I’m a creature of habit… seaweed salad is a must every time I get sushi – honestly not that often but it is definitely the highlight of my sushi experiences : ) Also chia seeds! I have been throwing them in everything! They are great for making breakfast bowls too!

Her Happy Balance March 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Thanks! 🙂 Chia seeds are fantastic on pretty much everything! my boyfriend makes fun of me for eating them but oh well i’m getting in my Omega-3s! And you are a girl after my own heart with the seaweed salad on sushi dates, so necessary!

funfitwiss March 13, 2013 at 11:04 am

I love apple cider vinegar…it’s great for your PH Balance, too!

Her Happy Balance March 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm

It’s got such a wide range of benefits, it’s pretty awesome.

bridgetmcgahen March 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I really enjoy seaweed salads (though I’ve never tried to make one on my own), I drink apple cider vinegar with apple juice and cinnamon in the morning, and I put chia seeds in my smoothies. I’m vegan, so cow brains and venison are totally out of the question.

Her Happy Balance March 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Mixing the vinegar with apple juice is such a simple idea that I’ve never thought of! And cow brains are out in my book too!

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