9 Superfood Trends That Will Rule in 2018

As the new year sets in most of us pledge to eat healthy, workout everyday and get in shape. But the momentum quickly fades away and we get back to the old habits. So while pledging to be healthier in 2018 is a great resolution, it’s not very likely that you will get too far. However, by changing up your diet a little bit, and adding nutrient-packed superfoods to it, you can be sure to get radiant health and boost of energy.

There’s no doubt that 2018 will be the year of food conscience as the healthy living phenomena is sweeping the world. More people will be cautious about what they put in their bodies. To keep up with the healthy eating trend, everyone from wellness cafe to luxury hotels is now aware of the latest next green smoothie, herbal tea or the plant-based nutrition making it easier for you to eat healthy even when you are eating out.

Adding the new superfoods {aka extra dose of nutrients} to your diet is a great way to prepare yourself for a year that’ll seriously up your well-being quotient. We did our research and put together a list of the big things in health foods for 2018 that are worth the hype. So, tune up your New Year diet and get some of these amazing healthy superfoods packed with myriad health benefits.


Ashwagandha

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Ashwagandha is the latest trend in the wellness world and it most definitely worth the hype. One of the most powerful adaptogens on the planet, this ancient herb has been used for Ayurvedic healing for centuries and has suddenly taken over the world by storm.

Native to India, Ashwagandha root is a miracle herb that has more health benefits than probably any superfood you’ve ever known. It helps protect the body against the effects of toxic stress (is dubbed as the stress-fighting superfood), has the ability to regulate hormones, reduces inflammation, helps fight fatigue, improves focus, helps you get rid of insomnia and anxiety and is even known to prevent and help with cancer. Did we mention it is also known as a libido-boosting herb? Get yourself a good organic ashwagandha powder right away. Add it to your morning smoothie for a nutritious charge like Emma Stone and Gwyneth Paltrow, or in an afternoon cup of tea for a quick pick-me-up.


Moringa Powder

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Move over green tea, there’s a new superstar leaf in town. 2018 is the year of moringa leaf – this nutritious plant has officially taken over kale, matcha and green tea as not only is it packed with nutrition including all nine essential amino acids, iron, calcium and powerful antioxidants, but it has no harmful effects. What we love most about moringa is that despite being caffeine free, it is a great energy booster! Sprinkle moringa to your smoothies, salads and replace it with green tea (has a nutty and grassy flavor). You will find moringa everywhere in 2018, right from nutrition bars and protein powders to juices and kombucha.


Turmeric latte is here to stay in 2018

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2017 was the year of golden mylk, or turmeric latte, with a cult following and fans like Gwyneth Paltrow and this turmeric superfood trend is here to stay. There’s hardly any wellness cafe where you won’t find this delicious drink packed with nutrition and health. Native to India, this ancient superfood is widely used for its myriad health benefits and as a beauty elixir. Turmeric and milk is a staple natural medicine for common cold, fever, and infections and Indian women use turmeric in their home-made face masks to lighten their skin.

Known for its many benefits, anti-inflammatory and medicinal properties (fights cold and infections, relieves muscle pain, delays diabetes, protects from effects of Alzheimer’s and fights against cancer), this superfood is a definite must-have in your everyday diet. The best part? Its vivid yellow color doesn’t require any Instagram filter!

Make sure to consume turmeric in combination with black pepper, which helps the body absorb curcumin. Cold pressed turmeric juice added to coconut milk and combined with ginger and black pepper is the most common recipe that can be easily found in any health café. You can even make it yourself at home.


Camu Camu Powder

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Move over acai, there’s a new tropical fruit taking over your superfood crown. An ancient dietary staple for the indigenous tribes of the Amazon rainforest, Camu Camu fruit is known to have more Vitamin C than any other plant in the world. This yellow colored small fruit is packed with Vitamin C, flavonoids, and a powerful concoction of amino acids that’s not only great for anti-aging but also has anti-viral properties that can help with cold sores, shingles, and the common cold and are also great for eye health. It has a strong sour taste making it perfect for your tropical and berry smoothies, smoothie bowls, lemon cheesecakes and also to sprinkle over your salads.


Watermelon Seeds

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Watermelon seeds are the chia of 2018. Packed with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, protein, vitamin B, and magnesium they’re the new buzz among the health aficionados and for good reasons. Eat them on its own, roast them and munch or sprinkle them over your salads, or your smoothie bowls. They are great for all seasons and have a cooling effect.


Seaweed is the new kale

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These marine plants are nutrient dense – packed with Vitamin C, rich in sea minerals (especially iodine), high in fiber and drip in calcium. They also boast anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. This green stuff is not only great for skin but is excellent for overall health and aides in digestion. It tastes great and adds rich flavor to dishes.

2017 saw chefs from all over the world using seaweed in their exotic preparations and even the food manufacturers are using it as a healthy option to replacing salt. This ocean harvested green has been a staple of the Eastern cuisine for centuries, but has now become a beloved of the whole world. Sprinkle it to your smoothies or try some raw vegan seaweed sushi to enjoy this nutrient packed food in the New Year and beyond. Another great hack is seaweed salt – a mixture of small-flaked dulse, nori and sea greens mixed with sea salt.


Plant protein trumps animal sources

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Ditch the idea that protein has to come from animals as plant protein has taken over the world. Pea, lentil, mung beans and hemp proteins are popping up everywhere. Even the United Nations declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses. Issues like health, sustainability and animal welfare caused the shift and the only way to get your protein in 2018 and beyond is through plants!

 


Food bowls from breakfast to dinner

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Firstm there was smoothie bowl frenzy and now it is food bowls from lunch to dinner that’s an Instagram darling. We first discovered food bowls for main meals when we visited the vegan restaurant The Bowl in Berlin where everything from your drinks to entrees to desserts and even coffee is served in a bowl. We were amazed with the concept. This creative one-dish meal is less fussy to eat and offers you so many options to pick from like quinoa bowl, smoothie bowls, Buddha bowl, protein bowls, salad bowls and acai bowl. You can have them hot or cold and combine all sorts of vegetables in it and pair with whole grains like brown rice, chickpeas or even couscous and quinoa topped with sliced avocados, nuts, and seed mix.

There are many benefits to this trend. Eating from a bowl is a good way to monitor your portion sizes that can also help you keep your weight in check. The concept of food bowl is to inculcate the habit of healthy eating by making the healthy food look tempting with beautiful presentation. How can you resist the temptation of eating those colorful smoothie bowls with creative toppings? If you were served the same thing in a simple glass you would probably give it a miss. You’ll also feel full a lot faster and be able to savor the burst of flavors in every bite.

If you haven’t already, it’s time to start with smoothie bowls as your staple breakfast in 2017. Your Instagram feed will be flooded with inspirations in case you don’t know how to make one.


Anti-aging Protein Packed Gluten-Free Superfood – Amaranth

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Amaranth is a great substitute for any grain including wheat and rice and has even overshadowed quinoa. Amaranth is a seed that’s a great source of protein, fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium and amino acids making it a great addition to your diet. It is also known to decrease tension related headaches and occurrences of anxiety. It cooks quickly and is easy to prep, making it a perfect addition to soups, salads and even as a breakfast porridge.


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