Out with the old and in with the new, am I right? Every year, the list of superfoods keeps growing, and while kale, goji berries, and quinoa may have shared some time in the sun, the spotlight has shifted. 2020 will bring in a new slate of nutrient-dense, healthful foods for you to try, and some notable nutritionists have shed some light on the ones they expect to make a splash in the new year.
Hemp Seeds: CBD is definitely trending right now. Most CBD oil comes from hemp plants, and its seeds can offer some valuable nutritional benefits. Hemp seeds are one of the few plant-based products featuring all nine essential amino acids, which means they may help with immune function. They have twice the protein of other popular seeds and are a rich source of omegas to keep you satiated. They can be sprinkled atop salads, oatmeal, or included in a smoothie.
Reishi Mushrooms: CBD, as we just mentioned, is trending—in both good and bad ways. With tricky rules surrounding legislation and a true lack of understanding of how it might work, reishi mushroom can serve as a useful alternative. These mushrooms have been growing in popularity and are set to reach superfood status for their potential effects on anxiety, depression, and relaxation. Reishi powder can be added to tea, coffee, smoothies, or mushroom soup.
Lemon Balm: Never heard of lemon balm? You’re not alone. But this sweet-scented herb may boost onto the scene in the coming months. It may aid digestion by calming nerves in the gastrointestinal tract and liver, perhaps relieving bloating and gas. It can be purchased as a tincture or herbal tea.
Sea Vegetables: Sea vegetables have been carving out a decent slice of the superfood space. Two set to burst onto the scene this year are Irish sea moss and bladderwrack. Irish sea moss is very high in potassium chloride, which may help relieve edema and promote healthy blood pressure. Bladderwrack might be useful for improving digestion, immunity, energy, and reducing inflammation.
You don’t have to wait until 2020 to add these foods to your shopping list. They are available now and can fit in as a nice compliment to the superfoods you’re already eating. With the growing number of options and flavors, it’s getting easier and easier to build a superhero shopping list.