2015 Superfood Gang

Superfoods are an interesting concept. They always seem to be changing and the list always seems to be growing. What exactly makes a superfood, though?! A high-quality nutritional profile? Exceptional taste? Potential body benefits? In my opinion, a true superfood needs to have at LEAST two out of three of these requirements met. Ahead, my predictions for some of 2015’s trendiest, most high-profile superfoods. Increase health, wellness and vitality by adding a few of these items into your diet!

1. Coconut. Coconut water. Coconut sugar. Coconut flour. Coconuit oil. Coconut chips! The island fruit is full of nutrients and healthy fats. Coconut water is full of potassium, electrolytes, and vitamin C, all of which help with post-exercise rehydration. Coconut oil is perfect for cooking, as a topical beauty treatment, and even as an ingredient in your morning cup of coffee. Dried coconut flakes and sugar? Use them to sweeten baked goods, oatmeal, or smoothie.

2. Amaranth. Amaranth is a part of the soon-to-be-ultra-trendy family of ancient grains. It’s gluten-free and contains a high percentage of protein and essential amino acids. Amaranth is low in sodium and fat, but high in iron, B vitamins, and fiber. When it comes to cooking, amaranth is much like fellow ancient grain quinoa–it can be used to top salads, to make a faux pasta/rice dish, ground into flour, or used in desserts. It’s incredibly versatile, healthy, and tasty.

3. Matcha Green Tea. Matcha green tea is the purest, highest-quality form of green tea available. Known for it’s green, grassy flavor, matcha is stone ground into a fine powder and stored away from light and oxygen in order to preserve both its color and its antioxidants. {According to this source, matcha has over five times the amount of antioxidants per serving than any other food.} So, what does matcha do? A ton. It increases both energy and focus, enhances endurance and immune response, and improves cholesterol. It’s also been said to help with detoxification, weight loss, and cognition.

4. Gelatin. Gelatin is having a major moment right now in the health foods world. From traditional gummy snacks to bone broth to straight-up supplementation, this superfood provides an ample source of protein, aids digestion, and improves joint health. It also touts major beauty benefits from tightening loose skin to supporting nail and hair growth. Did I mention that gelatin has also been rumored to reduce cellulite, balance hormones,  and help with weight loss?! Yeah–pretty super.

5. Pumpkin. It can be #PSL season any season, guys! Pumpkin is crazy good for you. It’s relatively low in calories, but contains fiber, protein, and a myriad of vitamins, and that’s not even considering the seeds! Those contain additional protein and fiber, while also boasting magnesium, potassium, and zinc. The seeds can be enjoyed by themselves, plain or roasted, or as a topping on salads, smoothies, or acai bowls. And as any fall-loving female can tell you, pumpkin itself can be blended, baked, or cooked into just about anything with killer results. Sweet, savory, whatever–it all works. Check out some recipe ideas HERE.

Have any favorite superfoods to share or food trends to predict?

xx,

Liza

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