Top 5 Superfoods of 2018
Move over kale, quinoa, and coconut water! Er, that's so 2016. In 2018, there are new superfoods that we should all be keeping on our radar.
1. Nut Oils
Nut butters exploded into the mainstream last year, with many choosing to give up animal products in favor of a plant-based diet. This year, nut oils are the new breed of superfood cooking essentials, with cold-pressed almond, cashew, walnut, and hazelnut oils set to be a healthier alternative to the average olive, vegetable, or sunflower varieties.
Matcha, maca, spirulina, and green tea powder have previously ruled the roost when it comes to supercharging your smoothies, but there’s a new supergreen in town — Moringa. Native to India, Pakistan, and Nepal and tasting like a more bitter version of green tea, Moringa is said to help manage blood sugar and stabilize histamine production. And despite being totally caffeine-free, it makes for a fabulous natural energy booster. Try adding Moringa to your smoothie next time to get extra vitamin C, calcium and potassium.
3. Chaga Mushrooms
Despite their unattractive look, these powerful fungi are rich in fiber, making them fantastic for regulating the digestive system, while its anti-inflammatory properties can also help soothe any inflammation in the bowels. Better still, the large amount of antioxidants is said to support the immune system by facilitating the production of certain immune cells.
4. Maqui Berries
Taking over from goji and acai, maqui berries will soon be the new buzz word among superfood fanatics. With a less bitter taste and milder flavor, maqui berries contain a high level of antioxidants that can help regulate blood sugar, aid digestion, and boost metabolism. Simply add two tablespoons of freeze-dried powder to your breakfast smoothie for a superfood hit!
5. Watermelon Seeds
Apparently chia, pumpkin, and sesame had their moment, it’s time to let watermelon seeds shine. To enjoy their full benefits, these seeds have to be sprouted and shelled before consumption. And it’s definitely worth the hassle because of their insanely high nutritional value. One cup serving contains 31 grams of protein and is also a great source of magnesium, vitamin B, and both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. You can either eat them alone as a snack (try roasting them) or add them to fruit, yogurt or your acai breakfast bowl for a nutritious boost!