Every time you pick up a cooking or food magazine, read a food blog or just wander around the internet you are going to see the “latest and greatest” in healthy eating. Something new most every day. With that in mind, I thought I’d take a look at some of them.
Ted is a grass first cultivated in Ethiopia. The grain is high in calcium, iron, fiber and protein. It has a mild, sweet and nutty taste. And…it is naturally gluten free.
Tired of kale? Aren’t we all??? Try beet greens instead. They are rich in Vitamin A and can be used in any recipe that calls for spinach, kale or collard greens. A quick saute of beet greens makes a great side dish in a hurry.
Amaranth is a grain that is high in iron and zinc, making it a great choice for vegetarians. It is also high in protein and also rich in calcium and magnesium. Also, it is gluten free. This is another ancient grain. It has been cultivated in Central America for 5000-8000 years.
Coconut flour, just one of the many uses for the ubiquitous coconut, has 5 grams of fiber for every 2 tablespoons of flour and it is gluten free. I t also offers help for diabetics. By adding coconut flour to baked goods you can lower the glycemic index, making it a boon to diabetics.
Kefir is a fermented dairy product. Think drinkable yogurt. It is packed with beneficial probiotics and 8 ounces of Kefir provides a whopping 29% of your daily calcium!
Rooibos tea is a red-colored herbal tea made from the leaves of the rooibos bush. It can lower triglycerides and LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol., making it a real champ among the food trends.
Golden berries, also known as the Peruvian groundcherry, resembles a golden raisin when dried. It contains linoleic and oleic acids, which are two essential fatty acids that aid in insulin sensitivity and fat oxidation. They are high in protein, Vitamin A and antioxidants; truly making them a superfood!
And now for something fun! Spiralizers are an inexpensive tool that turns fresh vegetables into faux noodles. It creates volume out of a thin air – one carrot can turn out cups of ribbons. The most commonly spiralized fruits and vegetables are apples, beets, broccoli, butternut squash, cabbage, carrots, celeriac, chayote, cucumber, daikon radish, jicama, kohlrabi, onion, parsnip, rutabaga, sweet potatoes, taro root, white potatoes and zucchini.