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
4. Bok Choy
6. Broccoli Rabe
7. Chinese/Napa Cabbage
8. Brussels Sprouts
9. Swiss Chard
12. Romaine lettuce
14. Red Pepper
15. Carrot Juice
16. Tomato/Tomato Products
19. Pomegranate Juice
26. Beans (all varieties)
27. Flax/Sunflower/Sesame Seeds
Send us any recipes you have with the foods listed above and we will feature them on the blog this month!