Superfoods – it’s a word that keeps reinventing itself, thanks to the increasing popularity of health fads today. Superfoods like chia seeds and kale have almost become de rigueur for most health-conscious people, especially because of their easy availability. And while these foods are still wildly popular, there’s a whole host of new superfoods to try out in 2017 that can give your health a fresh boost.
Some of these items are downright eye-popping and a bit ridiculous, including edible insects, animal organs and bacon-flavoured red algae. All the same, they’re being touted as some of the hottest super foods of 2017.
This superfood tastes like ‘bacon-flavoured seaweed’, which sounds too delicious to be this healthy. So here’s a chance for all you health nuts to eat healthily without sacrificing on taste.
This ingredient, also known as gubinge, has a tangy, fruity taste, and is also a rich natural source of vitamin C. In fact, it’s supposed to have more than 100 times the antioxidant level of oranges.
These have been around on the superfood lists for a while. Because of the multitude of vitamins and minerals they contain – including iron and vitamins A, C,and B2 – they remain one of the healthiest superfoods out there.
Bone broth may sound off-putting, but it has incredible flavour and contains a variety of essential minerals, in addition to being high in protein.
Coconut sugar delivers the sweetness of white sugar, but with more vitamins and minerals, as well as added iron and zinc.
Offal is touted by some to become the superfood champion of 2017, as it is a great source of vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and amino acids. Including beef and pork hearts, liver, brain, kidney and other organs, offal is packed with iron and essential antioxidants. And the best part is that they’re highly economical.
BLACK BEAN PASTA
Black bean pasta is high in protein and fibre, and unlike standard spaghetti, it’s a good substitute if you love your pasta but still want to be healthy.
RAW CACAO NIBS
Nearly everyone who loves chocolate knows there can never really be a good substitute for a bite of your favourite brand. Still, raw cacao nibs are a great source of iron, fibre, and magnesium, and can be an integral ingredient in quite a few desserts.
Goat meat is hugely popular in India, but is yet to be seen as a staple meat product elsewhere. Skeptics should know that it contains more iron and less fat than beef, pork and lamb.
Turmeric is widely used in Indian cuisine, and has only recently caught on as a superfood in the rest of the world. It contains the healthy compound curcumin, which makes it oh-so-super!
Yup, you heard that right! Consider this: 100g of crickets contain 214% more protein than 100g of chicken breast. So next time you’re wondering what to eat, don’t rule out a nice snack of insects!
Pea protein is both dairy- and gluten-free, and it’s 100%vegan-friendly. That makes it an excellent whey protein alternative.
This fish is becoming hugely popular because of the number of health benefits it offers. Give it a try and you can boost your metabolism, build strong bones, prevent arthritis and reduce certain visible signs of ageing.
Maca powder is a great natural source of vitamins, zinc, and iron. In particular, look for large amounts of vitamins B, C, and E, as well as calcium.
Since buckwheat noodles contain no wheat, they’re a great substitute if you’re a celiac. They’ve been known to aid digestion and help reduce the risk of diabetes.
This is the best skin food you can give yourself, since it is packed with nutrients such as vitamin E. It’ll do wonders for your complexion.
A handful of macadamia nuts are a great option to have after your meals if you crave something sweet, and they’re also a terrific source of energy. Macadamia contain large amounts of vitamin A and iron, as well as zinc and calcium, making them one of 2017’s best superfoods. – Suneela