5 Super Foods for the New Year

Newsflash: kale is so last year. 2018 is all about fresh starts, and that includes your diet. We’re going to clue you in on five foods that we think are on the verge of going viral. Remember, you heard it here first.

1. Lentils

Full of protein and complex carbohydrates, they keep you full and add a Mediterranean flair to your dish. I love to combine them with brown or wild rice for a delicious grain mix.

Try them today in our recipe for lentil veggie bowls!

2. Mushrooms

This might sound like old news, but mushrooms are more popular than ever before. They’re being used in everything from tea to body lotion.

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We highly recommend this recipe for wild mushroom ravioli.

3. Forbidden Rice

Also called black rice, this superfood is loaded with an antioxidant called anthocyanin. It’s the same antioxidant found in other dark colored foods, like eggplant and blueberries. Serve it warm with roasted veggies or toss it into a cold salad.

4. Broccolini 

In my opinion, broccolini never gets the credit it deserves. So I am holding out that 2018 will be the year of the broccolini. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals (calcium, folate, and iron!), antioxidants, and fiber.

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Test them out as a side dish in this recipe for grilled chicken over tabouli.

5. Peas

Yup, I’m surprised by this one too. Peas are no longer the mushy green things your parents made you eat. With plant-based diets becoming more popular, pea-based protein is all the rage. It’s great for vegetarians, because it contains amino acids that our bodies can’t produce on their own.

This veggie bowl filled with salt + pepper black beans, quinoa, and peas is perfect for a high-protein, low-fat dinner.

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