Superfoods are on the rise. They have boomed in popularity and are leading the way in the latest trend to sweep the UK and the globe. With the New Year in full swing, I’ve created a countdown to 6 of the top superfoods to try in 2019. They are all delicious and nutritional that you’ll feel amazing for adding these into your diet.
Appearing once a year around Spring, Fiddleheads are the edible, coiled-up leaves of young ostrich fern plants. As their name suggests, they resemble the scroll of a beautiful violin. Fiddleheads have long been a delicacy of choice in the northeastern regions of North America from Maine to Canada, where they naturally sprout.
Resembling a gooseberry, the pichuberry is being billed as a superfood. The Pichuberry has become popular throughout the world, and has many alternate names. It is commonly referred to as a gooseberry, golden berry, Peruvian cherry, and ground berry. It has many health benefits; it’s one of the most abundant sources of vitamin C available among all fruits and plants. Its vitamin C levels reach as much as 20 times of that in an orange! It is also a powerful antioxidant and is effective in boosting immunity while restoring vitality. No wonder the Incas were so strong!
Less common than red, yellow and green lentils, Beluga lentils are a type of small, black lentil, which get their name from their resemblance to Beluga caviar. Grown in the cool, dry climates of Canada and America’s northern plain, Beluga lentils have a delicate taste and are fantastic at absorbing other flavours. What’s more, Beluga lentils are high in dietary fibre and folates. Unlike green lentils, they possess anthocyanins – the same powerful antioxidant found in dark berries like blueberries and blackberries. These antioxidants are great at preventing damage to cells by free-radicals.
Za’ atar is a herb and a spice blend of ground sumac and toasted sesame seeds. It is a relative of the oregano family and native to the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean regions. The blends vary from region to region, but, generally, the flavour is nutty and herbal.
Kiwicha, also known as amaranth or “mini quinoa” is a small pseudo cereal noted for its dense nutritional content. It’s been farmed in Peru and other areas of South America for over 4,000 years and was widely used as a subsistence crop before the Spanish conquest. Kiwicha is also commonly used to prepare turrones, a popular treat made of popped kiwicha and molasses, chicha (kiwicha beer) as well as pilaf, hot cereal, snack bars and granola. Some more unique usages for popped kiwicha include its usage as a breading for meat and meat alternatives but also as filler in items like meat loaf and various quick breads and candies.
Dried beans are often a staple in the diet of many vegetarians, and studies show that beans like the adzuki may be a main reason so many health benefits are associated with this way of eating. With their high mix of protein and fiber, adzuki beans are great for helping manage normal blood sugars. Not only are adzuki beans tasty, but they’re also loaded with disease-fighting and health-promoting antioxidants. They can also help with weight management, a healthy heart and great if you’re looking to add more muscle.