New Superfoods for 2017

Is it just us or is kale getting a little…stale? Not that we want to give it up entirely, but we do want to mix it up from time to time. Well, luckily it looks like the new year is going to bring some popular new superfoods with it, and we can’t wait to “get our health on” with these three tasty treats.

 

 

Chaga Mushrooms

 

This mushroom, that typically grows on North American birch trees, has been dubbed the “King of Medicinal Mushrooms.” It’s hard to disagree-chaga mushrooms have a unique flavor (well-suited to mix with black or herbal teas), and a ton of health benefits, including hypertension relief an immune system boost. Pre-packaged teas are still rather expensive, but you can find dried chaga mushrooms cheaper in bulk.

 

 

Nut Oils

 

By now, you’re probably well aware of the various kinds of nut butter, but cold-pressed nut oils are set to become a new superfood trend. Depending on the oil you choose, the nutrients may vary slightly, but nearly all provide much needed Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, and they’re unsaturated fats, to boot. The varieties seem endless: cashews, almonds, hazlenuts–they all produce flavorful oils that work great in salad dressings, drizzled on roasted vegetables, and countless other ways.

 

 

Watermelon Seeds

 

Forget the childhood myths you might have heard about watermelon seeds being bad for you; the opposite is true. Although seedless watermelons are easier to eat, it turns out that the white and black seeds provide an excellent source of amino acids, healthy fats, and minerals like magnesium, zinc, and iron. Look for these seeds in health-food bars and smoothies, because we’re expecting it to become a popular alternative to the now-ubiquitous chia seed.