The Greatest Superfoods to Add to Your Shopping List
When it comes to eating healthy, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Whether you're looking to lose a few pounds for an up coming holiday or simply want to lead a healthier lifestyle, check out these super healthy foods to add to your shopping list.
More of us are looking for alternatives for gluten-free pasta. This has been driven by the desire to have more vegetables in the diet and especially trying to eat clean.
Which vegetables are best to spiralise? Those that are hard in texture and are round or long, so that they can hold up. Examples are butternut squash, sweet potatoes, courgette, beetroot, carrots, kohlrabi, cucumbers, and broccoli stems.
Last year was all about juicing, and it looks like this year will be all about souping. Cleansing by drinking only juice for a few days has been a popular way to detox. This year, it takes on a new spin; with soups. A soup cleanse is a heartier and hotter method of getting your essential daily dose and will keep you full and satisfied during the colder winter months.
Reports are showing that black pudding is going to become a star ingredient in 2018. Thanks to it being carb-free and loaded with protein. It's also rich in zinc and iron, which are among the minerals often missing in modern diets.
Previous years have been all about coconut oil, but 2018 will see avocado oil take a prime spot on the kitchen shelf. This whole time, it has been prized for its skin-boosting effects. Added to its nourishing and moisturizing fats, it also packed with significant levels of antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, which help keep skin smooth and supple.
Teff is a small, gluten-free grain grown in Ethiopia with a long list of health benefits including increased circulation and weight loss. Teff has an excellent balance of amino acids and is high in protein, calcium, and iron. Ground into flour, teff is capable of substituting recipes based on wheat flour to make anything from pizza bases to waffles.
Who said Brussel sprouts were only for Christmas? Well, not anymore. They belong to the same cruciferous family as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. They provide plenty of antioxidants and anticancer compounds.
Don't fancy boiling them? Make them into chips and roast them, sauté them with bacon and some chestnuts, shred them into salads and marinate them until softened.
Seeds are not new at all, but the varieties on the market and the way we are using them have expanded. In addition to the favourites - sunflower, pumpkin seeds and sesame - flax came on the scene, and now there are hemp and chia too.
This year, these nutrient-dense seeds are blended to boost the strength of superfood and added to foods like soups, claiming to help with metabolism and fight fatigue.
They’re now available in energy bars, crackers, granola, cereals, mixed into smoothies and ground into flour. They're gluten-free and contain healthy fat, essential minerals, fiber, and protein.
Goji berries have been steadily growing in popularity in recent years. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals including iron and vitamins A, C, and B2.
The offal is full of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and amino acids. This makes offal a superfood champion. Offal such as beef and pork hearts, kidney, liver, brain and other organs are also rich in iron and crucial antioxidants. Not to mention they're budget-friendly.
These tangy and tart fruits are a natural source of vitamin C and contain more of the antioxidant than an orange.
Insects have rapidly become an important and sustainable source of food. About one hundred grams of crickets contain 200% more protein than one hundred grams of chicken breast meat.
With many of us looking for easy and healthy swaps to make in our diets, there are great alternatives being offered, including buckwheat noodles for delicious and nutritional alternatives to the classics. Buckwheat noodles don't contain any wheat and are the ideal substitute for any noodle-based dish.
It is known to contain less fat than pork, lamb, and beef and more iron and is consumed globally. The continuous consumption of it, this year has a significant rise than previous years.
The Tilapia fish is known for many health benefits. Some of these benefits include reducing signs of aging, boosting metabolism, preventing arthritis and keeping bones strong.
Raw Cacao Nibs
These are great sources of magnesium, iron, and fiber, therefore, make a perfect ingredient for desserts or a healthy snack.
These nuts have a sweet taste and are an incredible source of energy. They also contain significant amounts of vitamin A and iron, as well as calcium and zinc.
These beans are crammed full of vitamins, minerals and also pack a sufficient amount of protein. They are increasingly being used to make anything from brownies to burritos.
2018 is set to be the year of the black bean pasta craze. Black bean pasta is rich in protein and fiber, unlike traditional spaghetti.
This superfood contains more vitamin C than an orange and packs calcium. It also boasts anti-bacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties.
This unknown cut of beef is destined for great things in 2018 with chefs all over the world falling head over heels for it. This meat is super lean and has the same texture as a fillet, but for a fraction of the price.
Which superfoods will you add to your shopping list?