Hot Superfoods for 2014

Just as you were getting used to kale and chia seeds, a new gang of superfoods is hitting the scene. Here’s what nutritionists are touting as the new superfoods and how they can benefit your health.

1.     Teff

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Teff is a great gluten-free grain option that’s full of calcium, vitamin C and fiber. It’s considered a “resistant starch” which means it’s easily digestible. A diet rich in resistant starches can help with the prevention of IBS and formation of colorectal cancer. With its mild nutty flavor, teff flour is excellent for baking and the whole grain makes a unique hot breakfast cereal.

2. Pichuberries

This small orange fruit lives up to its namesake. The marble size fruit hails from Peru and has been closely aligned with the Lost Incan civilization and Machu Picchu. Rich in vitamin D, vitamins C and B12, iron, protein, and cancer-fighting compounds called withanolides, this berry has many medicinal properties, is suitable for skin care creams/oils and anti-inflammatory supplements.

3. Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is, you guessed it, packed with nutrition; particularly B-vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc, and protein. It’s low in fat, gluten-free (check specific brands for certification), and contains no added sugars or preservatives. You can treat it as a seasoning with its cheesy, nutty and savory flavor and spice up popcorn, potatoes, and greens!

4. Avocado Oil

Known for its high content of healthy monounsaturated fats, avocado oil has been looked over in the past because people haven’t really been sure what to do with it. It’s great for dips, dressings and marinades – so get cooking. Also, consuming more avocado oil may help to increase your healthy HDL cholesterol levels.

5. Hemp Hearts

Hemp seeds are so 2013. Now it’s all about hemp hearts. Hemp hearts are shelled hemp seeds – the most nutritious part. They’re packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron and magnesium. Health benefits include helping with digestion, muscle cramps, stress relief and they can also help with migraines. Sprinkle them in yogurt, on your cereal, in a salad or enjoy them on their own.

6. Sacha Inchi nuts and oil

Another superfood found in the highlands of Peru, the sacha inchi plant produces and seed that tastes like a nut when roasted. Sacha inchi is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. It also contains vitamin A and E. Because of the omega-3 content, sachi inchi nuts and oil are likely to benefit cardiovascular health. Enjoy them on their own or use the oil for cooking.

Happy Cooking!