Cacao, goji berries, quinoa... we're all familiar with superfoods these days and they form a staple part of our diets. But next year, I predict we'll see a ton of new superfoods on our plates. From Cricket Protein Powders (protein derived from creepy crawlies that's generating buzz as the new go-to food for fuelling workouts) and Birch Water (sap from the birch tree, thought to help treat liver disease, flu, headaches, dandruff, eczema and cellulite) to the more familiar: turmeric has become a focus of health food menus and we will see this category expand in 2016 with tonic herbs, a powerful blend of ancient Asian herbs and superfoods in convenient powdered forms to add to smoothies and hot drinks. Other 'super' foods to keep an eye out for in 2016 include:
Sacha Inchi (pronounced SA-CHA IN-CHI)
This delicious Incan snack is grown in the highlands of the Peruvian rainforest and was used as a food source for several thousands of years. The nut-like seeds are rich in omega-3 acids and proteins, which we normally find in fish and are essential for our health as our bodies can't naturally produce them. I like IsoWhey Wholefoods Sacha Inchi seeds - they're lightly roasted to give a crunchy nutty flavour, so you can munch on them by themselves, sprinkle onto salads or add them to a trail mix.
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Baobab (pronounced BEY-OH-BAB)
In the barren regions of Africa where the Baobab tree grows, the tree's water is a valuable resource - it's locally known as the 'tree of life'. Rightfully so - the green fruit is said to have excellent nutritional and probiotic qualities and is used as a soluble fibre to stimulate the gut. A few scoops of this flavourful superfood are a perfect addition to make almost any muffin or cookie recipe a little healthier.
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Gubinge (pronounced GUB-IN)
From our own backyard, this indigenous Australian pear grows in remote areas across The Kimberley and is one of the most sought-after superfoods currently claiming our shelf space. The tangy fruit has been a traditional healing remedy for thousands of years and can be beneficial for our immune system due to its high vitamin C content. Gubinge can be eaten raw, however as the taste can be bitter it's more commonly added to smoothies or cereals.
Lucuma (pronounced LU-CU-MA)
This fruit, native to the Andean valleys of Peru, was used as a central ingredient in traditional Incan food. Known as the 'Gold of the Incas,' it has a natural mellow sweetness and is rich in antioxidants. It's also thought to be beneficial for supporting cardiovascular and skin health. To kickstart your day, add a few slices to your morning smoothie or for dessert add a scoop to your organic yoghurt or ice-cream.
Teff is a gluten-free grain usually ground into a flour. It has more protein than wheat, along with calcium, iron and fibre. It's perfect for thickening stews or soups and making polenta dishes.
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