THE NEW SUPERFOODS – WHATS IN: WHATS OUT
Last year, when it came to superfoods I heard KALE, KALE, KALE – Kale chips, kale salad, kale this, kale that. There was adisaster waiting to happen if the supermarket ran out of kale!!! Don’t even get me started on Quinio! Food, like fashion seem to go through trends – you need to be on top of the game if you are to be ‘in with it’. So that got me thinking, what are the buzz foods this year? And so I started to read up on these superfoods of the future, went to markets and talked to people, went to ‘healthy serving’ restaurants to see what was on their menu and compiled a short list of WHATS IN and WHATS OUT.
THE NEW GREEN
Kale burst on to the scene in 2013 and took 2014 by storm. A darling of hipster health enthusiasts, who devoured it in smoothies, salads and as chips, its now likely to get replaced. The ‘next Kale’ will be seaweed such as kelp, dulse and wakame (sea mustard) which are packed with vitamins and minerals and can even help burn fatty tissues.
THE NEW GRAIN
The UN declared 2013 as the International Year of Quinoa! Maybe its now time for the ‘mother of all grains’to make way for another ancient grain – freekeh. Freekeh is essentially wheat, harvested when its still young and green, which is hen roasted to give it a smoky flavour. High in protein and minerals, its fibre levels are also four-fold higher then other grains.
THE NEW BERRY
Acai berry has enjoyed its moment in the sun, claiming to help with everything from weight loss to cancer. While its health benefits are still being explored its been rapidly replaced with another wonder berry from the Amazon rainforests – camu camu. This lemon sized fruit is packed with Vitamin C (60 times more than an orange).
THE NEW SEED
Still sprinkling chia seeds on your breakfast cereal? The tiny seeds may have been touted as one of the healthiest foods on the flanet but 2015 belongs to the humble nigella seed. These peppery black seeds have been prized for their healing properties since biblical times. It is known as “kalonji” in India.
THE NEW RICE
Brown rice is good for you, but black rice is even better. That’s because the bran hull contains significantly higher amounts of vitamin E, which bolsters the immune system and protects cells from free radical damage. In fact, black rice contains more anthocyanin antioxidants than blueberries, according to a study from the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. Anthocyanins are believed to have a positive effect on heart health.
So here’s to healthy eating.. until the next superfood trend hits us in 6 months time.