5 Trending Superfoods To Try in 2017
Do you bleed green smoothies, mix kale into every meal, or feel totally reinvigorated after a tall glass of beet juice? Then this list is for you!
Step into the new year with a fresh set of taste buds and a healthy appreciation for the season’s top-trending superfoods.
Kale is so 2016 (okay, we still love it, but we’re into trying new things). These leafy cruciferous greens are perfect raw on salads, wilted into sautés and soups, or sprinkled on pizzas and flatbreads. Plus, weight for weight, watercress is higher in vitamin C than most citrus fruits. It also contains more calcium than milk AND is richer in iron than spinach.
This naturally carbonated beverage is chocked full of antioxidants, probiotics, and organic enzymes that contribute to tons of positive health benefits. We’re talking weight loss, increased energy, and improved digestion! If quitting soda is part of your New Year’s Resolution, then kombucha might be the perfect alternative. Its natural sweetness will entice you, not to mention the variety of flavors it comes in. Pick up a bottle for $2-$5 at your local health store or coffee shop.
Harvested as natural algae from mineral-rich lakes around the world, spirulina powder in itself is often hailed as one of the most potent nutrient sources. Sprinkle this dark bluish-green powder into smoothies, juice, or over fruit bowls for a power-packed punch of protein, vitamin A, vitamin B, and rich antioxidants.
Often referred to as matcha green tea, this green finely-ground powder is extracted from green tea and contains as many benefits and antioxidants as 10 cups of the regular stuff. Matcha has been proven to reduce bloat, aid in weight loss, boost metabolism, and increase energy. It’s the perfect addition to your 2017 health kick! Spoon 1-2 teaspoons into a cup of hot water and mix vigorously until it dissolved. Sip and enjoy.
Plain Greek Yogurt
We know – this has been a big ticket superfood for years. But Greek yogurt continues to reveal itself in so many new uses! Aside from the typical straight-from-the-container serving, plain Greek yogurt can also be used as a substitution. We’re talking in almost any recipe that calls for sour cream, mayonnaise, heavy cream, cream cheese, dressings, and more! Rich in protein (11 grams per ½ cup, to be exact) and probiotics, we don’t see Greek yogurt going anywhere soon.
Have any additional superfoods to add to the list for 2017? Let us know in the comments below.
Don’t forget, you can still take charge of your ‘new year, new me’ health-kick (hey, no shame in your game), by checking out 5 Healthier Ingredient Substitutes!