Super-Healthy Food Trends You Haven't Tried Yet

Looking for a new über-healthy food to add to your repertoire? Check out this list of healthy food trends!

1- Chia

Health-conscious eaters are getting serious about-and going crazy for-chia seeds.They deliver as much protein as some nuts as well as heart-healthy alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based omega-3 fat. Per tablespoon, chia delivers 2 grams protein, 4 grams fiber and 1.75 grams ALA. The seeds absorb liquid easily, gelling and making a creamy addition to oats and pancakes.

2- Coconut Flour

Coconut flour is a healthy way to add decadent coconut flavor to baked goods. As for health benefits of coconut flour: it packs a whopping 5 grams of fiber per 2 tablespoons (with only 2 grams of total and saturated fat) and it's gluten-free. Coconut flour has health benefits for people with diabetes, too: adding coconut flour to baked goods lowers the glycemic index (a measure of the rate that a food increases blood sugar). In your market, look for coconut flour near other gluten-free flours.

3- Vegetable Smoothies

Smoothies are often a tasty delivery device for fruit. But adding vegetables-especially spinach and kale to make green smoothies-is all the rage these days, possibly thanks to a renewed interest in juicing. Even beets and sweet potato are making an appearance in smoothies.

4- Seaweed

This family of nutrient-packed sea vegetables has been turning up everywhere from school lunches. Dulse is a good source of potassium and iron-and boasts loads of iodine, necessary in the regulation of the thyroid gland and usually found only in seafood or iodized salt. It has a salty, of-the-sea flavor.

5- Almond Milk

If you find yourself wandering into the alternative "milk" category, go for almond milk. It's naturally high in calcium and if you buy one fortified with vitamin D, it's comparable to cow's milk. Per cup, almond milks deliver fewer calories than cow's milk (60 to 80) and, depending on the brand, potentially slightly less protein (2 to 9 grams versus 8 to 9 in cow's milk). One cup of almond milk also has 2.5 to 4.5 g fat, 0 to 0.5 g saturated fat, 5 to 11 g carbohydrate, 0 to 4 g fiber, 20 to 30 percent of your daily recommendation for calcium and up to 25 percent of your daily needs for vitamin D.

6- Amaranth

Quinoa is having its day in the sun, but amaranth, another whole grain, deserves a mention-it's a boon for vegetarians because it's high in both iron and zinc, nutrients that can be tough to get into a vegetarian diet, as well as protein. It's also rich in calcium and magnesium-and is gluten-free. When cooked, amaranth has a thick, porridge-like texture-great in soups, stews, breakfast porridge or puddings.
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