10 NEW SUPERFOODS FOR 2018
Looking to add something new to your diet for 2018. Here are the new Superfoods for the rest of 2018.
Maybe you woke up this morning, downed a healthy quinoa salad, posted your acai bowl on Instagram, and are now looking forward to your DIY kale crisps when the hunger pangs hit mid-evening. Or maybe you don’t know your matcha latte from your avocado smoothie. Regardless of which end of the spectrum you find yourself at, superfoods remain a crucial powerhouse of your diet
And while now turmeric lattes may be all the rage, what are the new superfood ninjas that everyone’s going to be talking about this winter? If you’re looking to jump the queue, we’d like to present to you the superfood forecast. The road to a fitter, healthier you begins here and now.
Superfood powders are all the rage current;y. Enter, maca roots that can be factored into your daily diet as a powder or an additional supplement. Not only is it very nutritious, but maca roots also provide a great source of vitamins, minerals, carbs, proteins and contain a fair amount of fibre within. According to research, it can even be effectively used for improving sexual desire and increasing fertility in men, while simultaneously helping menopausal women through mood swings and boosting body performance. It can be consumed as a supplement or used as an ingredient in oatmeal, baked goods and energy bars in its powdered form.
Given the rap sheet that sugar has gained by the diet police, the hunt is on for healthier alternatives. Which is precisely what makes dates your go-to this year. Dates are a good source of various vitamins, minerals, energy, sugar and fibre. It also contains calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and zinc which is extremely beneficial to the body. Beware of OD-ing on the sweet treats if you’re on a diet, though.
Likewise, sorghum has also joined the anti-sugar brigade as a healthier substitute in the syrup form. If you’re on the fence about adding this crop to your daily diet, consider this: It serves an excellent source of riboflavin, vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, and minerals. Due to high dietary fibres, sorghum assists proper functioning of the digestive system. From preventing cancer, controlling diabetes, maintaining bone health, improving the level of energy to assisting cognitive abilities, sorghum has earned its spot as a must-have on your plate this year.
If you’ve managed to make your peace with broccoli, it’s time you hop on board with the root-to-stem approach to healthy eating. Cracking down on the food waste process, stems and stalks are featuring on plates this year. Broccoli is extremely beneficial, which is why I would suggest using the whole broccoli, including the stalks. If you’ve got a fridge full of chopped broccoli stalks, don’t throw them away. Instead, peel and chop them to use in a stir fry, or grill them on skewers with chicken, pineapple and bell peppers. Sneak some extra nutrition in to your family’s meals by pureeing the broccoli stalks, and then adding them to spaghetti sauce. You can even choose to make your own baby food by pureeing broccoli stalks in a blender.
From bodycare to broths and smoothies, mushrooms are making waves in the world of conscious consumption. So, what makes this glorified fungi so special? For starters, Mushrooms have the ability to boost energy, body power, reduce blood pressure, slow down the ageing process and also help prevent cancer. Reishi mushrooms can also detoxify the body, eliminate inflammation and help improve cognitive abilities. As these are bitter in taste and difficult to consume directly, you can find Reishi mushrooms in the form of pills or capsules.
Plant-based products are definitely making their presence felt on the dairy racks of the food section, and oat milk is fast emerging as an alternative to cow’s milk. It contains vitamin E and folic acid, which are essential nutrients for the nervous system to function. Research also shows that it can be used to fight diseases like cancer, heart ailments and stroke. The highly nutritive properties of oat milk help in boosting the immune system, increasing bone strength, protecting cardiovascular health and improving vision. Traditional grocery stores may not have oat milk, which is why many people are choosing to make their own at home. Want to DIY it? Soak one part oats to two parts water overnight, blend in a powerful mixer in the morning, and strain using a fine mesh to extract the “milk”.
Poised to become ‘the next quinoa’, moringa has definitely earned its moniker as the miracle tree. What makes it special is that each part of the plant has a specific use:
Leaves: This is the most nutritious part of the plant as it is a significant source of vitamins like vitamin B, C, A and K among other essential nutrients. When compared with common foods, cooked moringa leaves are considerable sources of many such nutrients. The leaves are cooked and used like spinach or crushed into powder to be used in soups and sauces.
Drumsticks: The edible immature seed pods are commonly known as drumsticks in South Asia. Even when cooked by boiling, these remain particularly high in vitamin C.
Seeds: Sometimes consumed as peas or roasted like nuts, these contain high-quality vitamin C and moderate amounts of vitamin B and dietary minerals.
Roots: The ends of the plant can be shredded and used as a spice with a distinctive sharp flavour derived from the significant content of polyphenol.
Nut oils, especially that derived from peanuts, are on everyone’s radar this year due to their reduced trans-fat intake. Being cholesterol-free and low in saturated fats, peanut oil has a high ranking due to its nutritious value. It contains various acids which increase good cholesterol and boost good heart health. Studies also show that switching from your regular vegetable oils to peanut oil can lower blood pressure issues and prevent your body from cognitive disorders. Just like vegetable oil, peanut oil is rich in vitamin E and it can help maintain good skin.
According to a study by a popular food retailer, you can begin your detox after the summer holiday season binge with these raisin-like nuts that are brimming with vegetable protein. Tiger nut is actually a vegetable that is sweet in taste, slightly nutty, earthy and has a bit of plain vanilla flavour. It has high fibre content and helps keep your body in shape. Tiger nut milk can also serve as an alternative to cow’s milk. It is a good source of magnesium which further helps you develop and strengthen the muscles. Also, it provides a good amount of potassium which helps the body to process carbohydrates.
Traditionally from Chile and Argentina, these tiny berries are the newest addition to the conveyor belt of super berries. It has a slightly tart flavour with hints of blackberry, blueberry and watermelon, that makes it ideal for using in beverages or adding as a powder to smoothies, desserts or cereal. Research suggests that consumption of these berries can control diabetes, reduce stress, boost anti-ageing abilities, improve resistance of individuals with respiratory infections, alleviate dry eyes and be effectively used for weight loss.