Cacao… goji…quinoa… we’re all familiar with these superfoods that roll off the tongue and are now a staple of many of our diets. But what about the ones we’ve never even heard of or worse, can hardly pronounce?
There are a tonne of new superfoods on the block, and while they may sound a bit whacky, they’re full of many beneficial nutrients and minerals which can help improve your overall health, plus, they taste good enough for even the pickiest of little eaters.
1) Sacha inchi – pronounced SA-CHA IN-CHI
This delicious Incan snack is grown in the highlands of the Peruvian rainforest and was used as a food source by the natives for several thousands of years.
The plant itself is inedible, so the true beauty of Sacha Inchi lies in the seed that live within its star shaped pods.
These nut-like seeds are rich in omega-3 acids and proteins, which we normally find in fish which are deemed essential for our health as our bodies cannot naturally produce them.
The tasty seeds are lightly roasted to give a crunchy nutty flavour, so you can munch on them by themselves, sprinkle them in your salad or add them to a trail mix.
2) Gubinge – pronounced GUB-IN
From our own backyard, this indigenous Australian pear grows in remote areas across the Kimberley region. It is one of the most sought after superfoods currently claiming our shelf space.
This tangy fruit has been a traditional healing remedy for thousands of years and can be beneficial for our immune system, due to its high content of vitamin C.
Gubinge can be eaten raw, however as the taste can be bitter it is commonly added to smoothies or cereal mixes.
3) Lucuma – pronounced LU-CU-MA
This fruit, native to the Andean valleys of Peru, was used as a central ingredient in traditional Incan food.
The “Gold of the Incas” is perfect for sneaking in your kids’ morning porridge – its natural mellow sweetness is sure to satisfy their sweet tooth.
This superfood is rich in antioxidants and is said to be beneficial for supporting cardio-vascular and skin health.
To kick start your day add a few slices to your morning smoothie or for dessert add a scoop to your organic yoghurt or ice cream.
4) Baobab – pronounced BEY-OH-BAB
In the barren regions of Africa where the Baobab tree grows, the tree’s water is a valuable resource which is locally known as the ‘tree of life’.
Rightfully so this green fruit is said to have excellent nutritional and probiotic qualities, and is used as a soluble fibre to stimulate your gut. A few scoops of this flavourful superfood are a perfect addition to make almost any muffin or cookie recipe, a little healthier.
5) Liquorice Root – pronounced LIK-UH-RISH
No, we’re not talking about the popular confectionary ropes that we all grew up eating, but rather the root itself, which is native to Southern Europe and parts of Asia.
Liquorice root can be used as a natural treatment to help relieve symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or as a tonic to help eliminate respiratory nasties such as coughs, sore throats and bronchitis.
Brew a pot of hot tea – immerse your dried root in hot water and enjoy an excellent sweet treat, guilt free.
Including new foods in your diet should be an enjoyable experience, not a chore!
Start slow, with just one or two new foods at a time to see what works for you.
You can also check out a health food sampling service, walk into the local health aisle of your supermarket or visit your nearest health food store. For more information on superfoods and where to find them, you can visit www.goodnessmebox.com
Do you know of any other superfoods people might not have heard of? Please share in the comments below.