Year on year we see the arrival of the latest superfoods, destined to improve our overall health and wellbeing.
In previous years we’ve seen the rise of green tea, avocado, spinach, coconut oil and kale all billed as the next best thing for you.
From the weird to the wonderful, what you were and definitely weren’t expecting, say hello to the top superfoods to try in 2017!
Although the name suggests that this superfood could be awful, you couldn’t be more wrong about offal. Offal, or off cuts, are the organs within the animal. These internal organs, for example the liver and heart are nutrient dense. Packed with iron, antioxidants and essential vitamins and amino acids. Like the sound of that? It gets better, as offal is very budget friendly. Whilst Organic and Free Range versions are more expensive, you get what you pay for. In this instance you can have quality and quantity for not a lot of money at all. Want to get your hands on our Free Range and Organic offal? Just go to the product category and select “odd cuts”.
A popular household spice and is most famously used in curry to give it the yellow colour. Turmeric contains compounds which are known for their medicinal properties, with the most important one being curcumin. Curcumin is an active ingredient in turmeric which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a strong anti-oxidant. It can be difficult to absorb the goodness in Turmeric so often it is consumed with black pepper. So expect to see plenty of Turmeric Lattes on the menu at your favourite cafe.
The name might put you off but bone broth, like offal, is packed with health boosting goodness. Bone broth is made from slowly cooking animal bones (for example an Organic Chicken carcass) which helps to extract the gelatine, minerals, amino acids and collagen present in the bones. The health benefits of the bone broth don’t end there though. Bone broth is said to have anti-inflammatory qualities, is said to help the lining of the gut, aid joint and muscle pains found with arthritis. Alongside this it is also said to improve the overall skin, hair and nail health. You can make your own Organic and Free Range Chicken broth using our Organic Chicken Feet or Carcass. Or alternatively you can buy Organic Chicken bone broth from the Borough Broth Co, who Springfield supplies Organic Free Range Chicken to.
Maca is a root that belongs to the radish family. While it sounds underwhelming Maca has been consumed for its energy enhancing and mood boosting capabilities. Better yet Maca is also nutritionally dense and has been dubbed a “nutritional powerhouse” as it is packed with essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Maca is most commonly consumed in powdered form, whether it is added to your smoothies, drinks or salads to name a few.
Coconut sugar, as the name suggests comes from coconuts. More specifically from the coconut flower buds. Coconut sugar has a wealth of benefits for our bodies and the environment. It’s eco-friendly, has a low glycemic index which makes it an ideal sugar alternative for diabetics or those with blood sugar issues. Better yet, coconut sugar isn’t as sweet as sugar and has a similar flavour to caramel. You can swap your usual sugar with coconut sugar, whether it is in your morning cup of coffee or even in cakes.
Red algae, also known as dulse is a wild sea “vegetable” found on the shores of the north Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Dulse is a nutritious and fast growing plant, recently dubbed as a superfood by Oregon State University and the benefits don’t stop there. It’s an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidents. It has twice the nutritional value of of kale and supposedly tastes like bacon when fried! So, who’s for some red algae?
Goji berries, also known as “wolf berries” are pink fruits that look like grapes and when dried look like pink raisins. Goji berries date back to the early days of Chinese medicine and are considered both a herb and a fruit. Goji berries are packed with antioxidants and make a tasty addition to your granola or smoothie.
Insects are definitely one of the weirder foods on our list but good news, you now officially have an abundance of superfoods in your garden! You can’t find a more sustainable food source than insects and they’re ridiculously low in fat and high in protein. While it might be hard to get your heard around the idea of eating bugs, maybe their high number of nutrients may sway you. They’re rich in amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids and insect proteins are also easily digested.