Ever had that moment where you’re scrolling through Instagram and you can’t help but notice photo after photo of delicious looking yogurt bowls topped with fruits, nuts and seeds? Or you step into a trendy restaurant fresh food restaurant such as Fresh Since 1999
or Greenhouse Juice Co
only to find the menu is jam packed with über healthy options made from the best berries and oils available? Being exposed to an incredible array of healthy recipes makes people feel great about living a cleaner lifestyle, however what do all the artistic looking bowls and expensive nutritious dishes really do
for your body? Welcome to your ultimate guide on super foods, healthy eating and the top ten health foodie trends you need to know about now…
What Is It: Kombucha is a drink created with fermented sweet tea, yeast and bacteria and contains vinegar, sugar, some alcohol and Vitamin B.
Where It’s Trending: Kombucha has been a popular drink in Asia for many years, however is slowly creeping into the North American mainstream. New York and LA now have bars that serve exclusively probiotic Kombucha. Cheers!
How It Works: Aside from being simple light on calories (only 30/ 8 ounces) this drink also boasts the ability to help with digestion, improve liver function, flush out toxins in your immune system and even cure aches and pains such as arthritis.
Best Served: On a patio with light snacks. Chilled (over ice?) it’s up to you! This is any health lover’s dream drink.
What Is It: Chia is a species of flowering plan in the mint family that also goes by the name Salvia hispanica. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and are grown in Southern Mexico and Guatemala.
Where It’s Trending: Chia seeds have been a go-to in Mexico since the Aztecs who valued it as much as maize when it came to crops. Currently, chia seeds are big all over the world with health gurus.
How It Works: Chia seeds are a great source of B Vitamins such as thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and folate.
Best Served: Top your yogurt bowl with Chia, add it to a smoothie or bake it into your bread! Chia adds a healthy super food boost to pretty much anything. Chia is also a great source of calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus and zinc.
What Is It: Kale is a species of wild cabbage best known for its leafy green powers to add intense flavour to food without clocking up the calorie count!
Where It’s Trending: Kale was first only trendy among green juice feigning hipsters, but has become a more mainstream healthy favourite within the last year. Chances are you won’t be able to visit a fashionable juice or salad bar without at least 50% of the menu featuring kale.
How It Works: What can’t kale do? Kale detoxifies your body, lowers cholesterol, help prevent cancer and aids in anti-inflamation. Oh yea, it’s also super tasty and low in calories…plus it’s green, so you know its good for you!
Best Served: In juice or as a part of a salad.
What Is It: Skyr is a cultured dairy product not dissimilar from yogurt that originated from Iceland! Skyr is a major part of Iclandic food and culture (dating back to over a thousand years!)
Where It’s Trending: Skyr was brought from Norway to Iceland over a thousand years ago and has been a trendy healthy yogurt choice ever since. Skyr is also sold in some parts of the US, UK, Switzerland and Scandanavia.
How It Works: Skyr is known for being a super healthy dairy product unique for being high in protein, fat free and delicious.
Best Served: Traditionally Icelandic natives serve skyr with cold milk and a topping of sugar. You can top any fruit and granola bowl with a little skyr for an added touch of flavour or add it to a smoothie.
What Is It: Coconut Oil is the extracted oil from the meat of the coconut. Once demonized for its high level of saturated fat, this super healthy ingredient could be the secret to your next big weight loss!
Where It’s Trending: If you visit any countries in South Asia you may taste coconut oil in any of the dishes you sample as it is very popular in the kitchen there.
How It Works: The best health benefit that comes with coconut oil is its ability to help you burn fat faster. The medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil mean you can burn off the calories from the oil faster than the calories in other foods!
Best Served: The next time your recipe calls for sautéing, stir-frying or baking add some coconut oil to your pan for added flavour!
What Is It: Quinoa is an edible grain crop closely related to species such as spinach, beetroot and tumbleweed. Quinoa is known for being super high in protein.
Where It’s Trending: How about all over the Internet? You can’t go online without seeing pretty food photos of meals featuring quinoa, quinoa, quinoa.
How It Works: Quinoa is an excellent source of B vitamins, iron and fibre in addition to being gluten-free and easy to digest.
Best Served: There are so many amazing recipes for quinoa and the best way to cook with it is by tossing it into your next salad! Quinoa adds texture and density to a leafy green dish, without making you feel heavy or bloated after.
Super foods are a great way to amp up the health factor in your food. What’s your favourite healthy ingredient to add to your meals? Comment bellow!