Over the last few years, we’ve been incorporating kale, quinoa, chia seeds and goji berries into as many of our meals as possible. (Heck, they’ve even crept their way into our beauty products!)
But guess what? A new crop of superfoods has just started creating a buzz. Some of these you’ll recognize, but others will be new discoveries that may take a little getting used to.
We tried to make it simple with some easy recipes that make superfood-eating super-easy.
These new superfoods are about to be in everything
TurmericYou've probably had this yellow spice hiding in the back of your cupboard, but it's about to become your new favourite antioxidant. Used in India for centuries to treat everything from skin cancer to rheumatoid arthritis, this root is part of the ginger family.
EAT THIS: The Turmeric SmoothieThinkstock
AlmondsKnown for keeping your heart healthy, almonds are loaded with vitamin E, protein, magnesium, fibre and monounsaturated ("good" fats) without any sodium or cholesterol. They're also completely gluten-free.
EAT THIS: Oatmeal With Sliced AlmondsThinkstock
FreekehNow that you've gotten used to grains like bulger, it's time to try freekeh! A staple in Arabic cuisine, the wheat grain has four times the fibre found in most cereal grains and is low on the glycemic index, which makes it great for diabetics.
EAT THIS: Kale Salad With Berries and Freekeh OR try Freekeh Salad at Toronto's Aroma espresso barThinkstock
Sweet PotatoesAnother familiar face, the sweet potato is making a serious comeback. Sweet potatoes are cheap and they're packed with all kinds of goodness including iron, magnesium, potassium, beta carotene and vitamins B6, C and D.
EAT THIS: Sweet Potato PuffsThinkstock
Cruciferous VegetablesA fancy way of describing veggies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collards and cabbage, these leafy greens are gaining popularity because of their vitamin A carotenoids, vitamin C and folic acid. These components have been shown to help with inflammation and preventing some forms of cancer.
EAT THIS: Cauliflower and Chickpea Quinoa SaladThinkstock
KaniwaKaniwa ("baby quinoa") comes from the the Andes and is loaded with antioxidants, protein, iron and calcium. Like quinoa, it's a seed and therefore completely gluten-free, but unlike quinoa it's free of saponins, so they have a bitter taste if you don't rinse them off before eating.
EAT THIS: Kaniwa Summer SaladThinkstock
Sprouted LentilsWe already knew that lentils were good for you, but we'll bet you didn't know sprouted lentils were even better. By starting the germination process, you help neutralize the phytic acid contained in lentils, making them easier to digest and even richer in Vitamins B and C.
EAT THIS: Sprouted Lentil and Raw Kale SaladThinkstock
SpirulinaWarning: this is a stinky one! Believed to be the primary protein source for the Aztecs, spirulina is a natural algae. Rich in Omega-3, amino acids and protein, this supercharged powder has been shown to boost energy, help with inflammation as well as remove toxins from the blood.
DRINK THIS: The Mojito SmoothieThinkstock
Black RiceOften found in wild rice mixtures, black rice was once referred to as "forbidden" during the Ming Dynasty because of the belief that it could extend your lifetime. One thing we know for sure is that it's a powerful antioxidant rich in iron, protein and amino acids.
EAT THIS: Curried Chicken SoupThinkstock
Fermented VegetablesThe idea of fermenting triggers stinky memories, but sometimes stinky is good. Recent research shows that consuming fermented foods actually helps foster good bacteria so you can better absorb mineral nutrients, lower your risk of cancer, improve your mood and prevent acne.
EAT THIS: KimchiThinkstock