Berries and broccoli and kale, oh my! Every year seems to bring another it superfood to garnish our plates. But some superfoods don’t get as much press as they deserve. You may not have heard of them, but they’re definitely worth adding to your healthy menu plans. Check out these 5 fabulous superfoods you haven’t heard of.
Superfoods are essential additions to any healthy lifestyle, whether you want to lose weight or feel healthier. These natural powerhouses are brimming with good-for-you nutrients you won’t find in a boxed dinner. From fiber to help you lose weight to antioxidants that support a healthy immune system, superfoods offer what you need to start making positive changes in your life.
Start planning a healthy menu this week using the superfoods below. They’re packed with vitamins, minerals, and other health-supporting goodies. If you’re concerned about pleasing loved ones who aren’t nuts about trying new foods, serve these superfoods alongside nutritious tried-and-true recipes so even your youngest food critics have healthy options.
Quinoa has stolen all the glory lately, but amaranth is another ancient grain that deserves superfood status. Originally grown in South America, it delivers complete protein. It’s also a good source of minerals like potassium, iron, and magnesium. Mix amaranth into meatloaf and breads or give it a go in our Sweetly Spiced Granola.
2. Black Rice
Black is the new black! This dark grain is rich in vitamin E and delivers more of the powerful anthocyanin antioxidants than go-to superfoods like blueberries. Use black rice in place of brown rice in healthy recipes like Slow Cooker Cream of Chicken and Rice Soup or Slow Cooker Broccoli, Brown Rice, and Cheddar Casserole.
3. Dandelion Greens
The secret is out: the humble dandelion is actually a nutritional powerhouse. The leaves are packed with minerals that help detoxify the body. Dandelion greens also offer more calcium than many other leafy green superfoods. Harness the power of dandelion greens in Mean Green Juice #4. They also make a fantastic foundation for tasty lunch or side salads. Dress your greens with these DIY Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes. Dandelion greens feature a slightly bitter taste, so if you’re trying them for the first time, consider mixing them with other leafy greens.
This root vegetable is rich in inulin, a fiber that helps flatten the belly and has probiotic properties. Jicama is also high in vitamin C, an antioxidant believed to boost collagen production for healthier skin. Enjoy this slightly sweet vegetable in salads, stir-fries, and Mexican cuisine. Try it in Root Vegetable Salad with Sweet Potato Crunchies or Tropical Fruit Salsa.
This fermented superfood has been consumed in Russia and Central Asia for centuries. Kefir offers healthy bacteria, which bolsters the immune system and may protect against colon cancer. Look for it in the dairy aisle. Get your morning off to a kef-abulous and healthy start with a Superfood Smoothie or Gluten-Free Blueberry Pancakes.
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