13 hipster health food trends to look out for in 2017, according to wellness experts
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As the New Year brings with it a host of health and fitness resolutions, you’re probably wondering what you want in your kitchen cupboards to help you with your goals. Acai berries, quinoa, baobab powder, maple water – the health food market is already flooded with “miracle” ingredients and it appears 2017 will be no different. From algae omega-3 to purple food, experts reveal the healthy food trends we’ll be testing out in the New Year.
1. Tiger nutsFirst of all, they aren’t really nuts. And secondly, they have nothing to do with tigers. Tiger nuts are tiny root vegetables found in Africa and the Mediterranean and serve as traditional food in those areas. Nutritionist Cassandra Burns says: “Tiger nuts are commonly found in the form of tiger nut flour. “It’s a great alternative gluten-free, grain-free flour and are high in fibre and contain calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, amongst other valuable nutrients.”
2. Watermelon waterMove over coconut water and make room for the watermelon because 2017 is going to be all about watermelon water. Burns says: “Like coconut water, it contains natural electrolyte minerals. It’s especially high in potassium, which has the benefit of keeping our blood pressure in a healthy range. “It also contains lycopene – one of the most powerful and protective antioxidants found in plants.”
3. Omega 3 from algaeAs we continue to see a shift towards organic and sustainable food sources, experts believe the market for omega 3 from algae is likely to increase. As Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist at Superfood UK, explains: “We know that there is a real concern about the sustainability of fish due to over-farming of our oceans. Omega 3 from algae allows us to have the benefits of the nutrient without affecting our fish stock.”
4. Super spicesFoods such as avocado and quinoa are packed with health-boosting properties but let’s face it, they don’t go well with a steak pie or a Sunday roast. And this is where “super spices” come in and leading the way is turmeric. In powder form, it can be added to certain recipes and comes with great health benefits. As Lily Soutter, nutritionist and weight loss expert at Lily Soutter Nutrition, puts it: “This bright yellow spice is best known for its potent anti-inflammatory benefits and has been used to treat arthritis as well as play a role within cancer prevention and protection against heart disease.”
5. Cauliflower in all formsYou’ve probably heard of cauliflower rice and cauliflower pizza and you’re probably going to see more of them in 2016. Burns says: “You can pulse raw florets in a food processor to make cauliflower rice, steam it and blend to make a delicious mash, or just remove the leaves, shove it in the oven and bake it whole. “It’s low in carbs and calories and high in fibre, vitamin C, folate and potassium. It also contains compounds called glucosinolates, which are thought to have anti-cancer activity.”
6. Probiotic waterYou’ve seen probiotic yoghurts and probably take probiotic supplements. Some of you adventurous health-loving foodies may have even sampled probiotic chocolate. But now, it appears probiotic water is set to join the list of things that are good for our gut.
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