Is Weight Loss Your New Year Resolution? Try These Superfoods
As unusual as seaweed and black rice look, they’re actually here to do wonders to your body!
Still obsessing over kale, raw coconut oil and quinoa? Seriously, how 2018 are you!
The brand new year is ushering in a bunch of all-stars that will not only help you achieve your #FitnessGoals but are all about that bass….no treble. Actually, scratch that.
1. Bone Broth (Of Memories and Mom)
If this brings back memories of mommy forcing you to gulp down gallons of white milky soup made from chicken bones on sick days, then you’ve already been exposed to the magique of bone broth.
Make 2019 a year to revive that magic. Packed with protein, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium, this powerful concoction naturally heals and soothes your digestive system and helps fight insomnia, fatigue and anxiety. Since it’s not yet sold on Indian shores, make your own version by simmering 3 kgs of bones with vegetables and herbs for 12 hours straight, skimming frequently.
2. Seaweed (is Actually a Health Food)
While kale ruled your refrigerator for most of 2017, experts are vouching for the humble seaweed to take over as the new green leafy must-have in your diet.
A staple in Korean and Japanese cuisine, seaweed is often relegated to supporting cast. But it seems like 2019 will be the year it grabs the leading role! Packed with more vitamin C than even an orange, it’s brimming with anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
(Just a heads up, avoid the flavoured version and opt for the au natural variety for best results.)
Seaweed, incidentally, is readily available online at AskMeBazaar and Amazon, among several other portals.
3. Avocado Oil (For That Sensuous Massage)
While the mighty avocado seems to have lost a little of its shine in 2019, it’s making a sneaky comeback in ways you can’t imagine. Okay, it’s not that complicated. It’s just an oil. Or is it?
Packed with mono unsaturated oleic acid and crazy amounts of Vitamin E, avocado oil is not only a fat burner – but also detoxifies your body and strengthens your skin. Best consumed by asking your man to rub it all over your body.
Avocado oil is super easy to procure – on sites like IndiaMart and Jabong, to leading grocery chains like Nature’s Basket.
4. Black Rice (That New Kind of Rice)
You have obviously met the white and brown version; it is time now to meet the black variety. A serious game changer, black rice has more vitamin E, iron and fibre than any other variety on the shelves.
What does that mean for you? A stronger immune system, a healthier heart and tons of nutrients that do your body and skin #maj good.
(Shop for black rice online at ‘Naturally Yours’ and ‘India Mart’.)
5. Teff (For That Guilt-Free Pizza)
Dubbed as the ultimate gluten-free crop, teff is a highly nutritious grain, packed with calcium, iron, protein and amino acids. A staple in Ethiopia, teff is touted to be the newest substitute for wheat flour in breads, pastas, waffles and pizzas. Lighter to consume, it’s easy on the digestive system as well as the waist line.
Want to have it simpler? The Indian variant of the teff is the jawar!
(Sholeen Damarwala is a journalist from Mumbai who started out as a News Correspondent with CNN IBN and went on to write for multiple publications like Elle Decor, Strut120.com, Femina and Popxo.com. An ex-online editor at Grazia India, she is currently enjoying her stint as a Columbia J School slave.)
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