ERIN PALINSKI-WADE, RD, CDE, AUTHOR OF BELLY FAT DIET FOR DUMMIES
BONNIE TAUB-DIX, RDN, BLOGGER FOR BETTER THAN DIETING
NANCY TEETER, RDN, NUTRITIONIST AT MIRAVAL RESORTS
If this sounds like an unlikely pairing to you, just imagine them blended up with a frozen banana, some peanut butter and a splash of almond milk. You won't even taste the leafy greens. Omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts help boost absorption of vitamin K found in spinach, according to Teeter. Vitamin K is a triple threat that helps with cell growth, blood circulation, and keeps the bones strong.
If you’re unfamiliar with this combo, don’t write it off just yet. Cayenne enhances the sweetness of the cocoa, and its flavonoids work as antioxidants that help fight inflammation. And research suggests that capsaicin, an active ingredient in cayenne, might help lower blood pressure, fight fat and suppress appetite. Plus, it may also slightly boost metabolism, says Teeter. Blend them together with a frozen sliced banana and some almond milk for a breakfast smoothie that tastes like frozen hot chocolate.
ANGELA ONSGARD, RDN, NUTRITIONIST AT MIRAVAL RESORTS