We’re rushing into the New Year with a clean slate; supercharged with the thought that this is the year we’re going healthy. Making an effort also counts. So as usual we rush to look up the latest health trends that would best suit our lifestyles.
One recurring trend over the last few years is the emergence of Superfoods, where some retain their status in a list and some are pushed out to make room for new discoveries.
So what exactly are these Superfoods? In a simple sentence, they are essentially those ingredients that have no defined food category such as carbohydrates or proteins; their quality is their nutrient content. While majority of them are plant based there are some which are protein or dairy as well.
Superfoods is a trend started in the west that has caught on in our country. So as Indians we have access to not only exotic nutrient packed foods but local ingredients as well!
SOME OF THE INDIAN SUPERFOODS INCLUDE:
Delicious to eat as is, these Indian gooseberries have enough nutrients to fix problems from head to toe! Their notable properties include its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory nature and a rich Vitamin C content!
Tip: Add amla to your green juice for better absorpotion of nutrients.
We’ve been using this one for years and it has finally been included as a Superfood. This is a spice that has many notable properties such as its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-parasitic, wound-healing and anti-malarial nature.
Tip: Make yourself a golden turmeric spice latte that’s been making waves on the internet.
Contrary to popular belief, Ghee is full of healthy fats that aid weight loss! Full of fatty acids that boost energy, conjugated linoleic acid that aids in reducing cancer and heart disease risk and endless other such benefits, Ghee is slowly becoming an international Superfood as well.
Tip: Cook your veggies in ghee for added flavor
Peanuts also make it to the list of Super foods. Tiny as they are they come packed with Biotin, Vitamin E and unsaturated healthy fats that are good for your body. What’s more, they’re one of the main ingredients of The Butternut Company!
Tip : Drizzle some peanut Butter on your bowl of oats.
SOME OF THE INTERNATIONAL SUPERFOODS INCLUDE:
Consumed in a lot of health drinks and especially as a green tea as it has 5 times more chlorophyll than regular tea; it’s super rich in anti-oxidants, it’s energizing and anti-inflammatory.
Tip: Try a cold vanilla matcha latte for a pick me up.
These berries are packed with brain boosting nutrients and super rich in anti-oxidants as well. The main reason they’re so widely consumed is because of their immunity boosting properties. These are also anti-inflammatory which aids in healing arthritis.
Tip : Add these to your salads for an extra punch.
If you’re looking for a detox, Spirulina is a clear winner. It has a very high concentration of chlorophyll, a powerful detoxifying agent; it also has Vitamin A which is good for healthy eyesight! Apart from that it is anti-inflammatory and beneficial to reduce PMS symptoms!
Tip : Add a spoonful to your breakfast smoothie bowl
So whether they grow in your backyard or in a backyard many miles away in another country, the local nutrient storehouses of each country are finding a global audience! Traditional Indian Ghee is finding its way into Western lifestyles and a lot of the international nutrient packed berries have become a staple for Indians. With so much variety and so many options, who knew getting healthy was as easy as eating as spreading peanut butter on toast!