Here are 7 of the newest superfoods that we know you have never heard of. Exercise and Sport Scientist Stephanie King guarantees each one is jam-packed with beneficial nutrients, great for improving overall health and wellbeing.
Containing the purest sap that runs through maple trees, maple water is a clear, refreshing drink (without the added sugar of maple syrup). It’s rich in antioxidants for helping control sugar levels and enhancing thyroid function. Full of valuable minerals and nutrients, maple water also contains high levels of malic acid, helpful for reducing muscle soreness and fatigue.
How to eat it: Best served chilled with ice, added to smoothies and cocktails or used as a substitute for stock in sauces.
This exotic Peruvian fruit looks like a nashi pear crossed with a mango and is great used as a sweetener because of its caramel-like flavour. High in antioxidants, it helps to fight and prevent disease and slow the ageing process. Packed with vitamins and minerals and a great source of healthy carbohydrates, there’s no wonder it’s known to the local Peruvian people as the ‘gold of the Incas’.
How to eat it: Great as an additive to healthy smoothies.
Also known as black pudding, blood sausage has been a breakfast staple in the UK for decades. Loaded with protein, potassium, calcium and magnesium, this superfood is virtually carb free. Usually containing pigs’ blood and oatmeal, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. However, with high iron and zinc content, its nutritional properties are highly beneficial (if you can stomach it).
How to eat it: Best included in a cooked breakfast with eggs, bacon, spinach, tomato and mushrooms or added to a hearty vegetable stew for a big hit of protein.
An Australian indigenous bush superfood, this fruit comes from the Kimberleys in Western Australia and has been used as food, antiseptic and a healing remedy for millennia. Most commonly sold in its dehydrated powder form known as Gubinge powder, it stands in its natural state as the highest source of vitamin C on earth (100 times than what’s found in oranges). It’s also high in folate, iron, vitamin E and higher in antioxidants than blueberries. As an added bonus, Kakadu plums are now also being used in skincare and haircare products to brighten the skin and improve the health of the scalp.
How to eat it: its lovely sweetness means kakadu plums are a great fruit substitute for any raw dessert recipe, added to smoothies or chopped on top of muesli or granola.
Yacon is a Peruvian native root vegetable that grows in the valleys of the Andes Mountain Ranges. It’s processed into a syrup and used as a natural sweetener whilst being low in calories. Perhaps its greatest power is its probiotic effect, promoting good bacteria in the gut and helping to maintain a healthy digestive system.
How to eat it: Best added to any meal/snack as a natural sweetener (coffee/tea, smoothies, muesli, yoghurt and berries etc.).
Extremely high in antioxidants and absorbed rapidly within the body, baobab powder is a powerful fighter of inflammation. Made up of 50% fibre, this superfood will help maintain a healthy digestive and immune system. Baobab contains more potassium than bananas, so it’s ideal for improving muscle efficiency and recovery after exercise.
How to eat it: Great sprinkled on porridge, chia puddings or yoghurt, added to sauces and smoothies or used in cocktails for a tangy flavour pop
Also known as the turnip cabbage, Kohlrabi is a root vegetable that tastes like a cross between broccoli and cabbage, with the texture of a potato. Packed with vitamin C, fibre and minerals, Kohlrabi is excellent for regulating blood pressure and for healthy brain and nerve function.
How to eat it: Have it raw, tossed through a salad, grated and used in coleslaw or even stir fried and eaten on its own with olive oil and sea salt.
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