Posted on August 11, 2017 by Louisa Feary

There are a lot of unusual foods and drinks out there to discover so here’s a few together with the health benefits they come with for you to explore and add into your kitchen cupboard!

Kombucha:

Aids digestion and gut health, strengthens  immune system, contains acetic acid and polyphenols to aid weight loss, eases joint pain and helps prevent arthritis with glucosamines, boosts energy with enzymes and B vitamins. With all of these put together you get a glass full of health in one serving!

Has same health benefits of green tea including aiding weight loss and controlling blood sugar levels.

Careful though! If made incorrectly can contain alcohol due to the fermentation process required to make it and over fermentation is very hazardous to health.

http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/8-benefits-of-kombucha-tea#section6

Camel Milk:

With the same levels of protein and carbohydrates as regular dairy milk but higher iron and vitamin C levels, camel milk is a great alternative as it has a different protein make up that a lot of individuals struggle to digest such as A1 casein and lactoglobulin. Unlike cow’s milk, camel milk is also naturally low in fat whilst still having high health benefits, such as immunoglobins to support immune systems, high in insulin for diabetics and has been known to alleviate symptoms of allergies.

Camel milk is also better for the environment due to their habitat needed less grazing space but it is more expensive due to the population size and location limitations.

https://wellnessmama.com/124092/camel-milk/

Grains:

If you’re a sucker for a breakfast cereal or a big bowl of pasta, you can find a carbohydrate alternative to keep you full and warm whilst packing a nutritional punch.

Swap in Farro for extra fibre, B vitamins, zinc, iron and protein instead of white rice for a tasty salad grain.

For a gluten free alternative choose amaranth if you’re getting bored of quinoa. It can also be a great porridge substitute to oats, as it’s high in protein and iron.

Kaniwa is another quinoa alternative which does not have the saponins that interfere with the nutrient uptake in quinoa, for another added bonus or the healthy grain.

https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/foodanddrink/5-alternative-grains-and-5-recipes-you-can-make-with-them-this-winter-a3407531.html

https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/best-6-alternative-grains/