Start your new year with these superfoods for a healthy 2017
Posted on 09 January 2017
What is a superfood?
Forget kale, chia seeds and quinoa. A whole host of new superfoods is cropping up for 2017. Rich in vital nutrients, superfoods are considered to be literally the superman of the food world!
Superfood is a term used to describe foods with supposed health benefits. Not in common use by dietitians and nutrition scientists, superfoods have been dubbed as a marketing gimmick by some.
Some of the superfoods are considered to be very good in terms of health benefits and it may even help some medical conditions.
Here are a list of superfoods for a healthy 2017:
Eat your greens! The phrase is famous for a healthy lifestyle, but this year, it is all about making it a little colourful by adding purple to your palate and plate. The purple colour in the food indicates a high density of nutrients and antioxidants. Many purple variants of popular food is available like cauliflower, black rice, purple asparagus, elderberries and purple sweet potatoes.
Adaptogens, as the name suggests, are able to adapt their function, specific to what our body needs. It is known to reduce stress. Liquorice and ginseng are a couple of popular adaptogens with an affinity for the adrenals and the endocrine glands.
A juicy bite of watermelon is a common experience but we spit out its seeds. According to the latest snacking trend, once the watermelon seeds have been sprouted and shelled, they can be roasted. This will boost its nutrition and taste. The seeds are packed with protein, vitamin B, Magnesium and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
This is a root which is derived from the radish family. Common in its powdered form, it is rich in vitamins and helps in improving stamina, mood and general well-being.
It is widely used in air purification systems as well ass to light up barbecues. Activated charcoal has help you get a purer skin and whiter teeth. It absorbs the standing tannins found in drinks like coffee and red wine.
Probiotics are actually live bacteria and yeast that are useful for human body. They are commonly found in yoghurts and supplements. Probiotic water is now being introduced as a form of water with the added health benefits of probiotics. It is a great source of potassium, vitamin E, iron and unsaturated fatty acids.
The strangely named tiger nuts are small, wrinkled root vegetables. Originating from North Africa, they are a very healthy snack low in calories and fat. They can also be made into a creamy drink and are a great source of potassium, vitamin E, iron and unsaturated fatty acids.
Goat meat is another great healthy option for 2017. Commonly eaten in North Africa and Asian countries, it is a low fat and higher protein meat.