10 Great New Superfoods to Try in 2017 to Boost Your Health

Hello, 2017! Another year is here, and incidentally, with it is another chance for us to try to eat healthier and be healthier. The year 2016 saw its share of popular superfoods, and no doubt, 2017 will be no different.

Over the years, people have been waking up and have been starting to take better care of themselves. People are starting to eat better, doing more research on ingredients and their nutrient content, and basically just keeping a careful eye on what they’re taking in their bodies.

Consequently, introducing superfoods into your diet is actually great, as it is not that drastic of a move.

List of 2017 Superfoods

Turmeric

List of 2017 Superfoods

This household spice may be a surprise to you. However, it actually contains the healthy compound curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is considered as a strong antioxidant.

Turmeric is one of the helpful superfoods as it has been proven to help with joint pain and arthritis. It has also been connected to delaying the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, it has also been know to fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Red Algae

Meat lovers, rejoice! For those who don’t want to sacrifice flavor, this is one of the superfoods that may be for you. Red algae has been known to actually taste like bacon.

Red algae provides a lot of benefits for your body. To point out, it lowers bad cholesterol levels, aids in proper circulation, and regulates blood sugar levels.

Raw Cacao Nibs

This is one of the few superfoods to look out for in 2017 that’s like a dessert due to its chocolatey flavor that’s a little bitter (since there’s no sugar added to it). It also has a bit of a nutty taste.

These tiny morsels are loaded with antioxidants, protein, magnesium, iron, fiber, and flavanoids.

In addition, studies show that munching on these little nuggets have been known to fight cardiovascular disease. It’s also been known to balance hormonal mood swings. Another thing is they also give you great energy and combat fatigue.

Flaxseed

Though flaxseed has been around for quite some time now, it’s expected to make a boom as one of the superfoods to watch out for in 2017.

Flaxseed has a lot of vitamins and minerals. It has vitamins B1 and B6, magnesium, manganese, selenium, and phosphorus. At the same time, it is a good source of omega-3, protein, and fiber.

Not only that, it also contains a good amount of iron, potassium, zinc, and copper.

Flaxseed has been known to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It also has a large amount of antioxidants called lignans. Studies show that lignans possess cancer-fighting properties. Lastly, they also help balance hormone levels.

Goji Berries

The goji berry is one of the superfoods that has been in use for a really long time, dating back in China since around 200 BC. Since then, it has been steadily growing in popularity.

Also known as the wolfberry, it contains a good amount of vitamins and minerals, like iron, zinc, fiber, and vitamins A, B2, and C. Like most berries, goji berries have beta-carotene, which helps promote smooth skin.

They are also one of the superfoods that have also been known to protect the eyes and help boost the immune system. Furthermore, they have the ability to treat diabetes, hypertension, and infectious diseases.

Hemp Seeds

Now this is one superfood. They are called the perfect protein. Why? They contain all 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids our body needs to function properly. They also have a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which promote cardiovascular health.

In addition, these seeds also contain iron, magnesium, and fiber.

Hemp seeds have been known to treat skin diseases (like eczema), reduce the symptoms of PMS and menopause, and aid in digestion.

Macadamia Nuts

I know this is one of the superfoods that doesn’t sound very new, but they actually deserve more attention this year. They taste quite sweet and are a great source of energy.

Macadamias are a rich source of calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc. These nuts also contain vitamin A, riboflavin, niacin, folates, iron, protein, and thiamin. Furthermore, they also have antioxidants like selenium, amino acids, flavones, and polyphenols.

Macadamia nuts have been known to reduce cholesterol levels, help clean the arteries, and also reduce the risk of coronary disease. They’re also great in promoting bone health and delay the signs of skin aging.

Moringa

Moringa is a powder coming from a tropical leaf. Significantly, this powder is high in iron and contains a significant amount of potassium, protein, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and E.

Moringa balances hormones, provides antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, slows the effect of aging, protects and nourishes skin, boosts brain health, and also helps stabilize your mood. In addition, it has been known to help improve digestion and help fight diabetes.

Maca

Another of the superfoods that has been in use for a long time now is maca. Now, the maca root comes from Peru, and it’s been said the Incan warriors used it before going into battle.

It has over 20 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids. It also contains 20 free-form fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, and potassium, not to mention vitamins B1, B2, C, and E.

The three biggest benefits maca has been known to provide are hormone balancing, increased energy, and increased sex drive.

Pea Protein

This is one of the few superfoods that is vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free. This will definitely excite a lot of health buffs.

Pea protein is low in calories. It contains vitamins A, D, E, and K. It also provides a good amount of protein for your body.

Pea protein has been known to regulate blood sugar levels, aid in weight loss, helps decrease the risk of kidney disease, increase muscle thickness, and support a healthy heart.

 

2017 Superfoods Recipes

To give you some ideas on how you can incorporate these superfoods into your life, below is a list of some recipes you can try out for yourself.

Turmeric-Carrot Smoothie

2017 Superfoods Recipes

Perfect to get your energy levels up.

Ingredients:

3 carrots

1 orange

½ lemon, juiced

1 teaspoon turmeric

½ cup ice cubes

1 tablespoon sunflower seeds

1 cup water

Procedure:

Mix all ingredients together in a blender, then blend until smooth.

Veggie Nori Rolls

FYI: Nori is actually made from red algae! Who knew?

Ingredients:

1 sheet nori

2 tablespoons hummus, tahini, or cashew cheese

¼ cup sweet pea shoots or sprouts

¼ cup shredded carrots

1 small Persian cucumber, cut into matchsticks

¼ avocado, sliced thinly

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Salt, to taste

Procedure:

First, arrange the nori sheet on a good work surface. Make sure the long edge is close to you. Then spread the hummus (or whichever spread you choose) in a thin layer over the nori sheet. Next, layer the pea shoots, carrots, cucumber sticks, and avocado on top of the bottom one-third of the nori sheet. Then sprinkle with lemon juice and season with salt to taste.

Gently but firmly roll the edge closest to you toward the center of the nori wrap.

With a sharp knife, carefully slice your roll, then serve immediately.

Coconut and Cacao Nibs Pancakes

This powerful breakfast will keep you full literally the entire day.

Ingredients:

⅓ cup coconut flour

¼ teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon all-natural hazelnut butter

7 egg whites

¼ cup water

1 teaspoon cacao nibs

Garnish:

1 tablespoon cacao nibs

1-2 teaspoons unpasteurized honey

Procedure:

First, combine all ingredients (except the cacao nibs) for the pancakes in a food processor then blend thoroughly. Add cacao nibs and use a spoon to incorporate to the mix. Next, heat a nonstick pan that’s been coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Spoon the desired amount of pancake batter onto the griddle. Next, turn pancakes over when the top is covered with bubbles and if the edges look cooked. Finally, serve warm and garnish with more cacao nibs and honey.

Calming Apricot Chamomile Smoothie

Incidentally, this soothing blend is best enjoyed from the end of May through mid-July due to the short apricot season.

Ingredients:

1 cup ice

1½ oz baby spinach

2 apricots, pitted

1 tablespoon chamomile flowers

½ lemon, juiced

1 cup water

4 oz honeydew

1 tablespoon flaxseed

Procedure:

Place all ingredients together in a blender. Next, blend until smooth.

Vanilla-Almond Goji Berry Granola

This great for a healthy and filling breakfast.

Ingredients:

3 cups old-fashioned oats

⅓ cup slivered almonds

⅓ cup sweetened coconut flakes

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch of salt

⅓ cup grapeseed oil

⅓ cup agave

1 vanilla bean, scraped

¼ cup light brown sugar

⅓ cup goji berries

Procedure:

First, preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix together oats, almonds, coconut flakes, cinnamon, and salt.

Next, in a small saucepan, mix together the grapeseed oil, agave, scrapings from the vanilla bean, the vanilla bean itself, and light brown sugar. Bring to a simmer, until the sugar is dissolved, then remove from heat.

At this point, drizzle syrup mixture over the oat mixture and toss.

Transfer the combined mixtures onto sheet pan and spread evenly. Next, bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown, making sure to mix it once at the 10-minute mark.

Let granola cool completely on wire rack. Lastly, break into chunks and mix in the goji berries.

Hemp Seed Toppings

There’s actually no particular recipe you can try out to enjoy the benefits of hemp seeds. You can actually sprinkle them anywhere you wish—in your salad, in your trail mix, on top of an open-faced sandwich. That little sprinkling can actually offer a boost of protein to whatever it is you’re eating.

Macadamia Nut Snacks

This is actually a no-brainer. You can go ahead and munch on macadamia nuts on their own.

Moringa Guacamole Spread

Great for get-togethers, make sure your guests get the nutrition they need.

Ingredients:

1 medium ripe avocado

4 ripe cherry tomatoes

Fresh cilantro, finely chopped

½ lime, juiced

1 teaspoon dry moringa

Pink Himalayan salt, to taste

Cayenne pepper, to taste

Procedure:

Smash the avocado with a fork. Next, mix with the rest of the ingredients. Enjoy!

PMS Maca-Cacao Milkshake

Ladies, this drink is perfect for you.

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tablespoon raw cacao powder

½ cup full-fat coconut milk frozen in ice cube tray

1 tablespoon maca powder

1 tablespoon lucuma powder

2 tablespoons coconut cream

1 tablespoon toasted coconut flakes

1 small frozen banana

½ tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs

1 large date, pitted

Procedure:

Toss all ingredients together in a blender, then blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

No-Bake Vegan Protein Cheesecakes

The perfect vegan, gluten-free dessert.

Ingredients:

⅛ cup agave syrup

¼ cup rolled oats

2 tablespoons almond butter

1 cup coconut yogurt

¼ cup coconut sugar

⅛ cup pea protein powder

1 tablespoon coconut flour

1 teaspoon butterscotch flavoring

Procedure:

First, mix the base ingredients in a bowl until you get a sticky dough. Second, press this down into ramekins as your crust. Next, blend all the filling ingredients. Once thoroughly mixed and properly flavored, pour into ramekins. Leave the cheesecakes in the fridge overnight. Enjoy!

Kate B. Forsyth is a writer for Be Healthy Today, who specializes in health and nutrition. Her passion is to help people get an overall transformation of health that lasts a lifetime. In her blog posts, she goes beyond research by providing health-concerned citizens doable and simple tricks to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

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