Superfoods to Eat in 2017

Black bean pasta with vegetables Eat this, not that! At the start of each new year, health food trends begin to emerge. These “superfoods” are often rich in vitamins, nutrients and are beneficial for overall health and wellness.

What foods are popular to eat in 2017? Consider adding the following seven foods to your diet.

1. Black Bean Pasta

First there was spaghetti squash, zucchini pasta and brown rice pasta. Now, there is black bean pasta! Noodles made from black beans are high in protein and fiber, so they can be just as filling as spaghetti without the extra carbohydrates.

2. Bone Broth

Bone broth has grown in popularity over the last few years. Different from stock, bone broth is made with healing compounds like collagen and glutamine, boosts your immune system and aids in proper digestion by reducing inflammation.

3. Coconut Sugar

When people diet, they often try to reduce their sugar intake. However, not all types of sugar are bad for you! Coconut sugar is an alternative sweetener that has iron, zinc and other vitamins lacking in traditional white sugar.

4. Goat Meat

Not willing to give up red meat? Goat meat is a leaner, healthier alternative than beef, veal and pork. Goat meat is high in iron and protein and low in saturated fat. If you have high cholesterol, you can give up other red meats in favor of goat meat.

5. Insects

Insects are a popular food source in other cultures around the world. Although it may seem foreign to us, insects are high in protein and other vitamins like calcium and iron. As insect eating becomes more popular around the world, now is the time to try it yourself!

6. Red Algae

Red algae is bacon-flavored – need we say more? This type of seaweed is rich in protein, fiber and vitamins. Giving kale a run for its money, red algae can be eaten raw in salads or pan fried for a crispy, healthy snack.

7. Watermelon Seeds

Seeds have great nutritional value, including protein, dietary fiber, healthy fats and antioxidants. Watermelon seeds are the latest craze; this healthy snack provides the magnesium, iron and folate our bodies need to thrive.

Eating better is only one part of overall wellness! To continue improving your health in the new year, become a member of North Haven Health & Racquet today!