The New Superfoods
Move over kale! These are the new kids on the superfoods block you should be incorporating into your diet for 2017 for improved health and skin.
It seems like only yesterday that every food nutritionist and celebrity was celebrating the wonders of kale, but that’s about to change. Whilst full of nutrients like calcium, it turns out kale isn’t all that – per recent studies, it only ranks #15 in nutritional value out of all the common superfoods you can find at a supermarket.
We were shocked too, but don’t fret! Kale is still worthwhile munching on. However, with superfoods becoming more commonplace than ever in our diets, that means new or re-emerging superfoods are cropping up all over Britain’s food aisles. Here are some to consider adding to your diet and lifestyle, and what exactly makes them super.
1. Watermelon Seeds
You may have already noticed these appearing alongside chia seeds. Dried and roasted watermelon seeds come in various flavours – chilli is our favourite – and are a perfect snacking food. They taste great, are low in calories (4 cals per seed), and are rich in magnesium (great for metabolic functions) and iron (for improved oxygen flow throughout the body).
Top Tip: Grind them in a coffee grinder and sprinkle into any smoothie, for a fruitier alternative to chia seeds.
2. Avocado Oil
Available in two forms – extra virgin or refined – and already appearing in various health spreads, avocado oil is set to boom this year, much in the same way coconut oil did in 2015 and 2016. However avocado oil has a few additional benefits that make it the superior oil.
Firstly, it has 270-degrees-celcius smoke point that allows it to be used in all types of cooking. Next, gram for gram it is richer in vitamins A, E and D than coconut oil. But perhaps its biggest selling point is the avocado itself increases the body’s absorption rate of carotenoids from other fruits and vegetables we eat. This helps protect our body from free radicals and toxins, and improves the function of our skin cells, which is why avocado is great for our skin!
3. Black / Forbidden Rice
The lesser-known grain in the rice family, black rice (see above picture) is the healthiest too. A 1/3 cup serving of black rice contains a low 43 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fibre, 6 grams of protein and just 2 grams of fat. It is also a more powerful anti-oxidant than blueberries!
Trivia: In Ancient China, black rice was considered prestigious and only worthy of royalty, hence the nickname Forbidden Rice. Peasant farmers were not allowed to grow or eat the rice themselves!
4. Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are not just for Christmas. These surprisingly versatile greens might be divisive, but can be used in place of cabbage or lettuce in any recipe or salad, with a portion providing 100% of our recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C and 3 grams of fibre.
Top Tip: Instead of boiling, try shredding washed Brussels sprouts and adding to any recipe raw with a sprinkling of sea salt. The salt softens the sprouts, opens up their flavour, and best of all maintains their nutritional properties.
Okay, so watercress isn’t new. But it’s having a comeback of sorts, beyond simply garnishing egg mayo sandwiches, because of its anti-aging properties. A portion of watercress provides 238% of our RDA of vitamin K and 4 times more beta carotene than an apple, two nutrients that are proven to keep skin soft and clear. It also has a mild taste that adds bite to any salad.