Superfood Trends for 2018

Move over quinoa, spirulina and coconut water! There are some new stars of superfood shining on the health scene this year, packed with powerful nutritional benefits and exotic tastes. We give you 5 superfood trends you should watch out for in this 2018:

Matcha, maca, spirulina, and green tea powder have been rulers your smoothies, but there is a new super-green in town – moringa. Maybe it sounds more like a new dance move, but it is packed with vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and amino acids. The fine, velvety powder comes from the fast-growing Moringa tree, native to India, Pakistan, and Nepal and you can easily find it everywhere in Bali. Moringa is said to help manage blood sugar and stabilize histamine production. And despite be- ing totally caffeine-free, it makes for a fabulous natural energy booster.

It has been used traditionally in Bali and South Asia for ages, and this beau- tifully soft powder is a much closer al- ternative to wheat for gluten-free eat- ers. It is paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly, and nut-free, too. It is a perfect fit for plant-based recipes due to its root veg- etable base and non-allergenic properties. Also, you don’t have to worry about bloating or IBS irritation that traditional glu- ten-based flours can cause.

Taking over from chia, pumpkin, and sesame, watermelon seeds will soon be the new buzz word in the superfood kingdom. To enjoy the full goodness, they need to be sprouted and shelled before consumption. But it is worth the hassle – it is a great source of magnesium, vitamin B, and both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Eat them alone as a snack – roasted, or sprinkle them over fruit, yogurt, or atop your acai breakfast bowl for a nutritious boost.

Apparently, goji and acai have had their mo- ment, and now it is time to let their low-sugar sister shine. With a less bitter taste and mild- er flavor, these hard working berries contain a big dose of antioxidants and they can help regulate blood sugar, aid digestion, and boost metabolism.

The incredible superfood benefits of tiger nuts are slowly but surely making their pres- ence known and weaving their way into modern takes on popular sweet and savory rec- ipes. The small, raisin-shaped nuts contain high amounts of dietary fiber, potassium, and vegetable protein and have prebiotics which aid in digestion. They are also a great source of magnesium, which is a natural muscle relaxer that helps maintain healthy kidneys and also prevents menstrual issues in women.■

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