March Madness Challenge


Halley and I went to a talk at Whole Foods recently, where they talked about ANDI scores that they have listed on foods throughout the store. ANDI stands for “Aggregate Nutrient Density Index.” An ANDI score shows the nutrient density of a food on a scale from 1 to 1,000 based on nutrient content. ANDI scores are calculated by evaluating an extensive range of micronutrients, including but not limited to: vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidant capacities.

They gave us a list of the Top 30 most nutrient-dense foods throughout the store. Our challenge for the month of March is to incorporate each of these foods into our meals at least once. We will post pictures and recipes as we go along. Our goal is to try some of these nutrient dense foods that we’ve never had before and to give you some ideas on how to incorporate more nutrient dense foods into your menus.

Here’s the Top 30 (ranked in order of nutrient density):

1. Collard/Mustard/Turnip Greens

2. Kale

3. Watercress

4. Bok Choy

5. Spinach

6. Broccoli Rabe

7. Chinese/Napa Cabbage

8. Brussels Sprouts

9. Swiss Chard

10. Arugula

11. Cabbage

12. Romaine lettuce

13. Broccoli

14. Red Pepper

15. Carrot Juice

16. Tomato/Tomato Products

17. Cauliflower

18. Strawberries

19. Pomegranate Juice

20. Blackberries

21. Plum

22. Raspberries

23. Blueberries

24. Orange

25. Cantaloupe

26. Beans (all varieties)

27. Flax/Sunflower/Sesame Seeds

28. Pistachios

29. Tofu

30. Walnuts


Send us any recipes you have with the foods listed above and we will feature them on the blog this month!

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One Response to March Madness Challenge

  1. Emily Anne says:

    Arugula, Beet, Goat Cheese salads are top notch. (and you could always use the beet dye to add to dessert item with those berries on your list)

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