Superfoods to Watch Out for in 2021
The word “superfoods” is used to label powerful foods often packed with minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and disease-fighting compounds. Through the years, various superfoods have fluxed in and out of popularity. For example, spinach used to be the new superfood on the block, and recently we’ve seen a rise in foods like açai and avocado. In 2021, food trends are pointing us in the direction of these “new” superfoods, so let’s get acquainted with them!
Fermented foods like Kimchi will likely be even more popular next year, as mounting evidence indicates that a healthy gut is vital to overall health. Kimchi contains healthy probiotics (good gut bacteria) that can help boost the immune system, promote weight loss, aid digestion, and even contain anti-aging properties.
Carob is a naturally sweet bean-like fruit that can serve as a healthier alternative to chocolate (it just tastes slightly nuttier). It is high in fiber, low in fat and sugar, and contains no caffeine or gluten. As such, it can help reduce blood sugar and improve digestion. Carob also contains polyphenols, i.e., micronutrients that can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
These powerful root vegetables are not only packed with important nutrients, like fiber, folate, and manganese, but also can help improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. What’s more, beets can support better exercise performance, as they help increase oxygen flow to muscles.
Breadfruit gets its name from being a starchy fruit that’s high in complex carbohydrates. It’s also high in fiber and low in cholesterol and fat, while simultaneously being moderate on the glycemic index. Notably, it’s gluten free, and can be used to create tasty gluten-free flour.
These tiny nuts have a big nutrition profile. Walnuts are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, helping to reduce cholesterol. Studies indicate that they might also be able to promote brain health and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Have you tried all of these superfoods? Personally, we are eager to test out carob in this tasty-looking raw coconut carob treat recipe!