Each new year brings in a whole host of new possibilities, new trends, and new discoveries. In the past few years, we’ve seen superfood trends include ancient grains, dark leafy greens, blue-green algae, and plenty of berries, nuts, and seeds.
So what superfoods can you expect to see in the year 2019? The votes are in, so look out for these 12 superfoods, projected to be on trend in the coming year.
We have had plenty of seafood, algae, and other sea creatures come into the trend at superfood status. This year, seaweed is coming back big time, and we won’t just be seeing it in sushi.
Restaurants all over are starting to incorporate this superfood into many different kinds of dishes, including soups, buddha bowls, roasted vegetables, and more. You’ll also be seeing more snacks in the supermarket that include seaweed, such as popcorn, trail mix, and even just plain, crunchy, toasted seaweed strips.
Seaweed is rich in many important nutrients, including vitamins A, C, D, E, and B vitamins. It’s teeming with minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and iron. Seaweed is also one of the richest sources of iodine out there—an essential mineral necessary for proper thyroid function.
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This superfood has been sneaking into our peripheral vision in the last few years. We’ve been seeing sprinklings of hemp seeds over breakfast bowls in health gurus’ Instagram photos for a while now. This year, hemp seeds are projected to make it into the limelight, with more hemp seed products being sold than we’ve seen yet.
Hemp seeds are packed with protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and essential nutrients including vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. Their health benefits are vast, and there’s really no reason you shouldn’t be sprinkling these healthy seeds in your life.
3. Fermented Foods
Fermented foods—such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, miso, tempeh, kombucha, and yogurt—continue to top the charts of popular superfoods. As awareness of the incredible health benefits of eating fermented foods increases, we’ll be seeing many more fermented food options in restaurants, health-food stores, and grocery stores.
Fermented foods contain probiotics—“good” bacteria and yeasts—that are essential to gut health. Since 70 percent of the immune system is in the gut, probiotics also help to ensure that you can easily fight off pathogens, preventing infection and…