If making healthier food choices was a part of your New Year’s resolution then you will definitely want to know which are the newest and hottest superfoods to include in your diet in 2017. Last year was all about kale and chia seeds, but there are many new foods that are so healthy that they definitely deserve to be part of your daily meals. These newbies on the superfood block will help you improve your health and well being. They are true powerhouses that are good for your muscles, skin and even your weistline!
You will be surprised by some of the foods on this list, but nutritionists all over the world are recommending them and there is a reason why. Let’s go through the top 10 new superfoods that everyone should include in their diet for a healthier 2017…
Last year was all about chia and pumpkin seeds, but one of the hottest superfoods in 2017 will be the watermelon seeds. These seeds are packed with protein, vitamin B, magnesium and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. There are already brands that are drying them and flavoring them with natural flavors: salted, roasted, mild chilli… Of course you can prepare them at home as well, just save the seeds the next time you are eating watermelon, sprout them then shell them, roast and enjoy their many benefits. You can even sprinkle them over your favorite salad.
2. Activated Charcoal
It is no wonder why activated charcoal has been used for centuries. In the ancient times it was used to remove parasites and bacteria from the body. This are the use of activated charcoal will increase, especially as an addition to juices but also in cosmetic products aimed for the skin. This is because activated charcoal helps to rid toxins and chemicals within the body, by catching and eliminating them out of the system. People with gut issues, like IBS and Crohn’s Disease, should be careful with consuming this superfood because too much of it can also remove the nutrient contents of foods. If you have any of this issues, take it at least 30 minutes before consuming food.
3. Tiger nuts
These little wrinkled goodies are not real nuts, they are actually a root vegetable from North Africa. Why are they suddenly becoming so popular? Well, they are very low in calories and fat, while being full of potassium, vitamin E, iron and unsaturated fatty acids. You can consume them whole as a snack or soak them in water then blend them with a little sweetener for a healthy tasty creamy drink called horchata.
4. Probiotic water
Forget about probiotic pills. There are other (healthier) ways to take your daily dose of probiotics. Help your gut with a super healthy probiotic water which is becoming the latest trend. And how wouldn’t it? You get both the benefit of drinking water and getting the much needed probiotics in the same time.
5. Maqui berries
These Chilean berries are so beneficial to our health – they are full of Vitamin C, as well as antioxidant anthocyanins which the purple pigment in certain foods that is associated with anti-ageing. Ok, they taste a bit bitter, but the benefits are too big to not include them into our diet. You can buy them as concentrated powder or raw.
6. Avocado Oil
We are certain you already use olive and coconut oil in your kitchen, but its time to add avocado oil as one of the most beneficial oils out there. There are so many reasons to do this – avocado oil is creamy, tasty, but also packed with skin-loving nutrients such as carotenoids, lutein and vitamin E that leaves the skin glowing. It also protects against heart disease, dementia and stroke.
7. Goat meat
You probably didn’t expect to see a meat on this list right? Well, goat meat totally deserves a spot and it is definitely going to be big news in 2017. Goat meat is a healthy choice to be sure – low in fat and higher in protein than some meats – and it’s also higher in iron than beef, pork or lamb. And there’s another site to it, eating goat meat is an ethical choice. As you know, goats are used mainly in the milk industry so male goats are usually killed at birth. Creating a market for goat meat this year will allow the male goats to have at least a decent life.
8. Sacha Inchi Inca Nut
This awesome nut is even better than almonds! It is super easy digestible, rich in essential fatty acids as well as proteins, vitamin E and A. What is so great about this super healthy Inca nut is the fact that you do not even need to soak it – you can eat it whole as well as in the form of a superfood powder or oil. Intrigued? Try it and you won’t regret it.
Of course we are not talking about standard sugar-laden, artificially colored jelly. There is a healthy alternative in the form of super-healthy wellness jelly that comes in many different forms. There are bone broth-based dessert jellies, healthy gut-healing gummies to gelatin-infused smoothies and juices. And this grass fed jelly will be even more popular this year because of its gut-healing, skin-boosting, nail-strengthening properties.
10. Purple food
Purple is the new green. In 2017 try to implement as many purple colored veggies and fruits as possible. Purple food is full of nutrients and antioxidants and the raft of choices mean you should find something to your taste. Purple cauliflower, black rice, purple asparagus, elderberries, acai or purple sweet potatoes are just some of the purple foods to try.