With each new year comes a new set of foods that we absolutely should be eating if we want to stay fit and healthy. Eagerly embraced by millions, foods such as kale, spinach, chic peas, and green tea have all had their moment in the spot light.
Last year saw the rise of kaniwa, the paleo diet, and, of course, manuka honey. But seasons come and go, and so too do trends, fads, and diets. As our love of one ingredient starts to settle down, it will almost certainly replaced by another, self-proclaimed super food, set to take over the world.
So, whether you’re looking to lose weight, improve your immunity, reduce stress levels, or achieve a bright, dewy complexion, here’s how you can stay ahead of the trends this year…
If 2014 was the year of kale, 2015 is the year of kelp. Having gone under the radar for years, kelp is now starting to make its mark on the health food scene. A type of seaweed, the emerging green is packed full of iodine, making it great for thyroid function and controlling your metabolism. It’s skin and hair anti-aging properties are an added bonus.
Bone broth is the latest health drink fad. Typically made from beef, chicken, or turkey marrow bones boiled with herbs, spices, vegetables, vinegar, and water, bone broth gives the immune system a great boost and can even help to fight inflammation and signs of arthritis.
Acai bowls are almost like thicker, stodgier smoothies but are made with acai berries (rich in anti-oxidants) blended with bananas, berries, and nut milk. You can then top the mix up with anything from nuts and seeds to goji berries for a super healthy breakfast or snack!
Bee pollen is the latest super-food to pop up on the radar. The naturally sweet substance is said to fend off colds, fight food cravings, and tackle allergies such as hay fever. It’s even thought to have cancer-fighting properties. Full of protein, amino acids, folic acid, and B vitamins, it is said to give you an energy boost, help you maintain a healthy glow, improve digestion, and even aid fertility.
Bee pollen can be taken as a supplement or added to juices or salad dressings.
Made from the lower of the coconut palm tree, coconut sugar is a much healthier alternative to standard white or brown sugar. Cram packed with iron, zinc, potassium, and antioxidants, this sugar alternative charts low on the glycemic index, meaning that it won’t spike your blood sugar.
They might not sound very appetising, but fermented foods are making a huge comeback this year. Foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir, and yogurt, are packed full of probiotics, which promote good bacteria in the gut and boost the immune system.
Why not try adding them to salads or simply garnishing your food with them?
Sorry quinoa, there’s a new grain in town! Freekeh is a Middle Eastern grain that is made from young green wheat – it’s super high in fibre and protein and is low on the glycemic index.
Freekeh (pronounced fari-kah) can be used as a salad ingredient, or as an alternative to rice or couscous with your lunch or evening meal.
You’ll be forgiven for wondering what on earth a kalette is. A kalette, for those of you that don’t know, is a cross between kale and a brussel sprout. Also known as flower sprouts, this leafy green hybrid vegetable has a sweet, nutty flavour and is jam packed with vitamin K – so expect to see them take over menus very soon!
Matcha has been billed as the new green tea. Produced from finely milled matcha leaves, it boasts more than 130 times more anti-oxidants than standard green tea and is said to boost energy levels, reduce stress, and aid the metabolism.