What’s New In Health Foods?
Chia seeds are rapidly becoming a health-food craze and no wonder. Each tablespoon is packed with 4 grams of fibre, 2 grams of protein and 1.75 grams of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). They’re easy on sensitive tums, absorb liquid easily and make a delicious addition to oat recipes and muesli.
We all know how amazing coconut water and oil are, now it’s time for their cousin coconut flour to make an impact on your diet. A perfectly healthy way to add flavour and sweetness to your baking, it’s also gluten-free and provides 5 grams of fibre in 2 tablespoons. For diabetics, coconut flour added to baked goods lowers the glycaemic index – a measurement of the rate that a food increases blood sugar).
Dulse is a nutrient-rich red alga, similar to seaweed, but tends to have more protein and fibre. It adds great flavour to soups and salads, and also works as an alternative side-dish. Containing a wealth of minerals, especially iron, calcium and magnesium, it helps to protect joints and tissue. It also has high levels of Vitamin A, an antioxidant which targets eye degeneration, and potassium to help lower blood pressure. This is one superfood!
We’ve all heard of Greek yoghurt but have you tried Skyr? A traditional yoghurt introduced originally from Norway, then introduced to Iceland, it has lower calories than it’s Greek counterpart as it’s made with skimmed milk but includes equally as much protein. It is also high in calcium and vitamins.
Spices are on the rise too, you’ll see these appearing more in rice, natural spreads, dips and even savoury yoghurts. Cinnamon is a sweet alternative to sugar, and can help to lower blood sugar levels. Ginger is known to help lower inflammation, as is turmeric, whilst chilli and cayenne pepper may help to boost weight loss by reducing appetite and increasing metabolism.
You may already add kale and spinach to your smoothies for a touch of green magic. Beets and sweet potato are also great choices to include, individually rather than together, to super-charge your fruit mixes.
October 27, 2016