Over the last year, we’ve been touting the benefits of superfoods like chia seeds, kale and quinoa. In 2015 we’ll see some old favourites (hello, dark chocolate!), as well as some new go-to foods. Here’s what you can expect on your plate this year.
1. Ancient grains like amarantha, kañiwa and teff
According to the Whole Grains Council, quinoa won’t be the go-to grain of choice for long. Varieties like amarantha and teff will also be picking up in popularity. And, as we reported earlier this year, kañiwa (also known as baby quinoa) is another great alternative. Like quinoa, it’s gluten-free, vegan and an excellent source of amino acids, but despite its smaller size, it actually packs more protein than quinoa.
2. Fermented foods
“This is my top superfood trend for 2015 because it packs a huge nutrition punch and they are incredible for gut health,” says Joy McCarthy, a holistic nutritionist and founder of joyoushealth.ca.
Meghan Telpner, a Toronto-based nutritionist, agrees: “The prime benefit of fermented foods is aiding digestion, which has several good side effects, including a healthy immune system, improved complexion, and more.
Think of fermented foods as the ultimate digestive aid. They provide good bacteria to our guts, which helps protect the gut lining and maintains a healthy balance of gut microbiota, which are the bacteria inside our stomach. An imbalance of healthy bacteria can lead to intestinal permeability and low-grade inflammation – and that has been linked to obesity, disease and mental health problems.
Both McCarthy and Telpner suggest Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Proteins+ as a way to incorporate fermented foods into your daily diet.