The superfood. The powerhouse of fruit and veg. The king of the grains. The hero in the health aisle.
Over the last few years, we’ve had the grains: quinoa, buckwheat and millet; the berries: goji and acai; the seeds: hemp, chia and flax. Then the greens: kale, chlorella and spirulina; and, lest we forget, the buzz around manuka honey (ahem).
Thought to contain a wealth of extraordinary health and wellbeing benefits, every year a new wonder food emerges; but what actually is a ‘superfood’?
In a nutshell, a superfood is a food that’s, well, super. Brimming with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals – these foods pack one mighty nutritious punch. But which self-styled superfoods will top the bill in 2015?
The underdog of the roast dinner, overshadowed for years by its green cousin broccoli, this cruciferous veggie will emerge as the nutritional rock star of 2015. We’re talking about cauliflower.
Steam it, fry it, boil it, bake it or mash it; cauliflower is packed with B and C vitamins, potassium, phosphorous, high dietary fibre and anti-inflammatory properties.
Step aside quinoa, it’s time to make way for teff; the highly nutritious ancient grain from Ethiopia. Gluten-free, high in calcium and protein, this tiny seed already has iconic status in its native Africa.
Quick to cook and nutty in flavour, swap your usual rice or cous cous for this tasty grain; or try the flour variety and whip up healthy pancakes, cakes and breads.
We’ve all just learnt how to say ‘quinoa’, and another tongue-twisting superfood goes mainstream: baobab. Pronounced ‘bey-oh-bab’, this African wonder-fruit tastes just like strawberry sherbet.
More potassium than bananas; more antioxidants than blueberries; more calcium than milk and six times more vitamin C than oranges – could this white powdery fruit be too good to be true?
Let us know what you think! Will you be loading your trolley with cauliflower? Bulk buying teff from Ocado or rooting out baobab from a specialist health store? Will these contenders take the 2015 superfood crown?