In 2018, we saw lots of fun new superfood trends take the food and wellness world by storm. From CBD-infused everything to the resurgence of ancient roots, grains, and berries, 2018 was an exciting time for superfoods. Here’s your guide to the most nutritious, tasty, and versatile superfoods you might want to consider incorporating into your diet this season. To your health!
1. Vital Proteins Spirulina Supplement
A type of blue-green algae loaded with health benefits, we saw spirulina popping up everywhere in supplements and smoothies in 2018. Packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, superfood spirulina is a natural anti-inflammatory and has been found to help diabetics by naturally lowering blood sugar levels.
2. Anthony’s Cassava Flour
Gluten-free, vegan, and with a fine texture and neutral taste, cassava flour is popping up everywhere as a delicious grain-free replacement to traditional wheat-based flour. The starch found in cassava helps boost your digestive health while also lowering inflammation, making it a multitasking superfood.
3. Manitoba Harvest Toasted Hemp Seeds
With a whopping 8 grams of easy-to-digest, plant-based protein and 9 grams of fiber per serving, superfood hemp seeds are also a potent source of heart-healthy omegas and fiber. Sprinkle onto salad, cereal, or granola for a nutritious addition to any snack.
4. Beyond the Equator 5 Seed Butter
By this point, you’ve likely tried one of the many delicious nut butter varieties hitting the market, but in 2019, get ready for seed-based butters to take over. Look out for alternative allergen-friendly seed butters made from superfood chia, flax, pumpkin, sunflower, and even watermelon seeds to hit shelves in the new year.
5. Barilla Chickpea Pasta (Pack of 10)
2018 could certainly be called the year of the garbanzo bean, as we saw tons of chickpea-based pasta varieties and snacks roll out from major brands. Gluten-free, protein-packed, and with nearly half the net carbs of traditional pasta, chickpea pasta will continue to be a huge superfood trend in 2019.
6. Terrasoul Superfoods Ashwagandha Root Powder
Superfood adaptogenic herb ashwagandha (aka nature’s “chill-out adaptogen”) has been popping up in trendy superfood beverages and supplements quite a bit recently due to its role in helping with thyroid regulation and its natural anti-anxiety, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
The taste of ashwagandha
7. Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee Mix
Often referred to as “black gold” or “the mushroom of immortality,” chaga mushrooms have been used medicinally for centuries and praised for their alleged health benefits, from boosting the body’s immune system to even fighting certain forms of cancer.
This tasty Mushroom Coffee from Four Sigmatic is made with both chaga and cordyceps mushrooms to aid with mental clarity and focus. This mixture is made with Arabica coffee and only has 40 mg of caffeine, versus the average 100 milligrams of caffeine or more found in a cup of coffee.
You can add this convenient powdered mix directly into hot or cold water for a more mellow start to your morning without the jitters
8. Nature Nate’s Raw & Unfiltered Honey
Raw (or unprocessed) honey is a superfood that packs a long list of health benefits. It’s known for its natural antibacterial properties, its ability to alleviate seasonal allergies, and its use as a delicious natural syrup-style sweetener or spread.
A best-seller on Amazon, users love sweetening their tea with Nature Nate’s 100% Pure, Raw & Unfiltered Honey. This honey comes straight from the hive, without any pasteurization or addition of other ingredients like corn syrup, sugar, or hidden preservatives, so you can feel good about adding a few teaspoons to any dish.
9. RioRand Organic Black Garlic
Made by slowly caramelizing fresh garlic bulbs over time, black garlic is not only packed with sweet, savory, and delicious umami flavor, but it’s also twice as nutritious.
These organic black garlic bulbs sourced from Korea underwent a 90-day fermentation process under high heat to develop their dark hue, soft texture, and sweet flavor. Reviewers rave about the addictive taste and easy-to-spread texture of this black garlic, especially when used in garlic bread recipes or in party dips.
10. Activated Charcoal Powder by Moody Zook
Activated charcoal seems to be popping up in ingredient lists everywhere right now, from tiki cocktails to pizza crust to nonalcoholic juice cleanses. Charcoal has been used for centuries to aid in digestion as a powerful purifying and detoxifying agent, and it’s even been proven to help lower cholesterol levels. This Raw Activated Charcoal Powder by Moody Zook can be used externally in cosmetic applications like teeth-whitening or facial masks, or ingested to help aid in detoxifying the body.