Goodbye goji berries and farewell to quinoa! 2014’s favourite superfoods are already being challenged by these five new kids on the block- and they are extra-filled with nutrients, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.
Don’t just take it from us- the American Council on Exercise recommended them itself. So read on to find out what superfoods will be trending in 2015.
Artichokes are a little bit intimidating to eat, but their sheer volume of nutrients, minerals and phytochemicals makes them worth the effort. According to a study done by the USDA, artichokes have the highest antioxidant levels out of all vegetables, as well as being a rich source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. And thanks to their positive effects on the liver, artichokes are pretty nifty at curing hangovers!
Tip: Steam your artichokes, serve them with a dip or a sauce and use your teeth to scrape off the lining of the leaves (practise makes perfect).
Fermented foods admittedly sound a bit unappealing (being preserved by microorganisms and all); however, they are quickly gaining attention for their powerful ability to support digestion and strengthen your immune system. Filled with natural probiotics, you only need a few small spoonfuls of fermented foods a day- and they are extra beneficial consumed following a round of antibiotics.
Tip: Pickles are the perfect starter ferment, with a healthy dose of probiotics and a familiar taste which won’t turn your stomach.
Quinoa may have been king grain of 2014, but ancient amaranth may soon steal the crown. Not only is amaranth packed with protein, dietary fibre and minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium and phosphorus, but it is also gluten free: ideal for the growing population of gluten-intolerant and coeliac sufferers.
Tip: Don’t expect a quinoa consistency when cooking with amaranth-it is much stickier. Chuck amaranth into salads and soups, or cook with brown rice to add a nutty sweetness.
Dark fruits, veggies and grains are nutritional powerhouses. Black rice offers all the same health benefits of brown rice but with the addition of some serious antioxidants; according to the Whole Grains Council, black rice contains a similar level of antioxidants to blueberries! Add to your diet to help lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer (and you no longer have to feel guilty about eating carbs).
Tip: Use black rice as you would normally, in stir-fries and in salads. You can pick up Black Rice at Holland and Barrett.
We promise we haven’t gone mad! Dandelion greens offer a wealth of nutritional and medicinal benefits, and can even be foraged yourself in the wild. Crammed with vitamins A, K and C, as well as fibre, calcium, manganese, iron, and vitamins B1, B2, and B6, dandelion greens are some of the healthiest leafy vegetables you can consume.
Tip: Young leaves can be added to salads in the spring before they become too bitter, or blend them with fruit in a smoothie to mask a strong bitter flavour.
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