Here are a few up-and-coming “superfoods” I’m looking forward to ingesting over the next few months… You may want to pay attention, too!
Just because January is drawing to a close doesn’t mean you’re out of time to revamp or overhaul a part of your life that could use a little sprucing. Truth be told, the idea of “New Year’s resolutions” has always felt silly to me — why can’t you decide to change something any day of the year? And why does it have to be something so monumental as to warrant the title “resolution”?
To that end, I propose that this year, you make whatever changes you want, whenever you want to make them, in whatever capacity feels right to you. Me? I’ve decided to give my snack game a little makeover in an effort to diversify what I’m noshing on and incorporate more good-for-you stuff into my food repertoire, even when it’s stuff I’m mindlessly shoving into my mouth mid-afternoon.
Below are a few up-and-coming “superfoods” I’m looking forward to ingesting over the next few months. You may want to pay attention, too: I have a feeling these are all on the verge of being 2019’s hottest superfoods.
A close relative of the blueberry, bilberries (also known as huckleberries) have been used medicinally (and in pies!) for centuries. Dried and pulverized, a single tablespoon of the powder contains 300 antioxidant-packed berries. 300. Berries. Per. Tablespoon. Do you know how long it would take you to eat 300 berries not in powder form? A long time, that’s how long. Instead, add it to your breakfast smoothie to fight inflammation and other oxidative stress-related issues, stabilize and support tissues like collagen and cartilage, and relieve eye fatigue.
Cute name, but golden berries are no joke. Marigold in hue and with a fun sweet-and-sour flavor, these babies can be eaten fresh or dried and are bound to pop up in your local produce section any day now. Loaded with vitamins A, B and C, and anti-inflammatory and antihistamine antioxidants, golden berries are also seriously rich in fiber and protein, all of which makes them the perfect snack — they’ll keep you full and sated while doing the body good. And they are pretty cute.
Not to be confused with the now-ubiquitous matcha, maca is a root that shares a family tree with broccoli and kale (already in good company!) and is most commonly available in powder form, which makes it easy to incorporate into a smoothie, juice or oatmeal, to name a few. And why would you want to add it to a smoothie, juice or bowl of oatmeal? Well, it’s full of healthy carbohydrates that boost energy without caffeine or sugar and sulfurous compounds (called glucosinolates) that help the liver detox. A single ounce of the stuff also contains a day’s worth of vitamin C, two grams of fiber, and four grams of protein, so there’s that. Be warned: the flavor can be a bit “earthy,” but it’s easily masked when blended with or stirred into other flavors.
If you’re not on the seaweed bandwagon yet, it’s time to hop aboard and dulse is the perfect starter option if you remain unconvinced. Why? Simply put, it tastes like bacon (if you’re into that sort of thing) despite being 100% a vegetable from the sea. Its savory, salty, mineral-rich flavor makes sense given the fact that it’s a great source of potassium, iron and iodine. And like all other edible seaweed, dulse is a fiber, protein, fatty acid, vitamin and antioxidant powerhouse. You’ll likely only be able to find it dried, so experiment with sprinkling it over a salad or eggs, snacking on a whole sheet, or get creative. My bet is that this stuff is about to be as big as kale, so get ready.