I can’t believe that New Years Eve is tomorrow! This year FLEW by. So many good things have happened in 2014: Nick and I moved in together, my sister graduated from college, my (future) sister-in-law got married, and we adopted an adorable puppy. This next year will hopefully bring joy, peace and as many good memories as this past year.
Today I’m sharing a fun roundup of five superfoods to include in your diet come next year! I love hearing about new food trends– just because I’m excited that people are including more nutritious foods in their diet! So, is the well-known super food kale being replaced next year? Let’s find out!
The name might sound weird, and somewhat unappetizing, but nutritional yeast is actually very healthy and tasty. It goes well with popcorn, potatoes, sautéed kale, and is a great vegan substitute for that “cheese” flavor. Just one tablespoon has an entire day’s worth of vitamin B12 and two tablespoons has 9 grams of protein.
Try: McKel’s Ultimate Cheeze Sauce via Nutrition Stripped
Fermented Foods (Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Kombucha)
Probiotics are one of the most effective ways to keep your gut healthy, and fermented foods are full of them. Just one-fourth of a cup of sauerkraut with meals is all you need to help with digestion. Fermented foods also positively impact blood sugar and the absorption of certain hormones.
Try: Orange Apple Cranberry Sauerkraut via Fermented Food Lab
Black rice has an antioxidant amount six times higher than brown or white rice, similar to the amount in blueberries! These antioxidants have positive effects on inflammation in the body and can protect heart health. I personally haven’t tried this one, but have seen it in the bulk section of my Sprouts grocery store. It’s on the list to try!
Try: Black Rice Caprese Casserole via Calizona
Just like kale or spinach, dandelion greens are a great source of vitamin A, K and C, as well as fiber, calcium, iron, and vitamins B1, B2 and B6. The bitter taste switches on our digestive juices, which helps detoxify the liver. Combine with a flavorful salad dressing, or sauté with olive oil and garlic.
Try: Sauteed Dandelion Greens with Green Onions via Hungry Foodies
Ancient Grains (Amaranth, Teff, Farro, Quinoa)
These grains are all gluten free and high in protein and fiber. Amaranth has a nice crunch to it and tastes great in salads or soups. Farro is low in carbohydrates and high in protein, and is especially rich in magnesium and vitamin B. Teff is usually used to make breads and wraps. Quinoa is well known to most of us now—and boosts many benefits such as being gluten free, high in protein, and high in many vitamins and minerals.
Try: Shrimp Fried Farro via Foxes Love Lemons
Which of these superfoods have YOU tried? Do you have a recipe you can share?
Happy New Year!
Hi! I’m Emily, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and self-taught intuitive chef. I firmly believe that cooking is the simplest and most important step we can take to improve our minds and bodies and build healthier communities. Join me and let’s bring food back to the kitchen!