2017 is the year to keep it trendy, and that doesn’t just mean with your fashion, music, or technology--expect to see some trends with your food too! Now, we’re not just talking about any food, we’re talking superfoods. The spotlight is moving away from kale and onto these new goodies.
First things first, what exactly is a superfood? A certain food is given its “superfood” title based on 3 things--nutrient density, the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index system (ANDI), pH balance, and the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) value of that food. To put in simpler terms, a food that has lots of nutrients with few calories, regulates the body, and is filled with antioxidants will be considered a superfood.
Here are our top 5 superfoods for 2017:
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar has actually been both consumed and used around the house for years but it’s starting to pick up some speed and more people are jumping aboard. Apple cider vinegar has numerous benefits when consumed or even used on topically on the skin. When your energy is on the low side or you feel a cold kicking in, drinking apple cider vinegar can help combat those nasty germs, while potassium and enzymes in the vinegar help the feeling of tiredness. It can also help lower blood sugar levels due to the effect of it being acidic. Bonus, if you have a special occasion you’re getting ready for, a wedding, a hot date, whatever it is, apple cider vinegar can also help you clear your acne, reduce dandruff, and get rid of bad breath so you’ll be ready for anything! P.s. Look out for a drink inspired by apple cider vinegar from VAMS soon -wink, wink- Photo credit: Ali Blumenthal for Reader's Digest via www.rd.com
Turmeric: Already, turmeric has been popping up more and more. It’s no longer just a spice you put into your food while cooking. You can find turmeric being added to anything from kombucha to lattes.Turmeric is a great superfood for its anti-inflammatory properties that can help ease any body pain such as joint pain, muscle fatigue, and arthritis. This spice is believed to be so powerful that its strengths are compared to work similar to ibuprofen. Except, of course, choosing turmeric is a much more natural and delicious alternative. Check out VAMS’ Lime + Turmeric kefir water! Photo credit: greenblender.com
Matcha: Matcha is another one of those foods that’s been around but hasn’t exactly had the spotlight directed at them. Matcha is actually quite accessible, at cafes, restaurants, dessert shops, you name it, but it’s beginning to become recognized for the amazing superfood that it is. Matcha is known for its energizing and anti-inflammatory properties. Unlike coffee, matcha gives you the needed energy to power through the day sans jitters--more focus, less wanting to bounce off the walls. The high chlorophyll content that comes from matcha is another great benefit since it helps your skin, protects your heart and the blood that’s pumping through, and prevent inflamed joints. Photo credit: Shutterstock/Jari Hindstroemgrafvision via eater.com Photo credit: vegkitchen.com
Maca: Maca root originated from Peru and has made it’s way across the world to be on our list of 2017’s superfoods. Maca almost takes shape similar to that of a garlic bulb. It can be used either whole or bought in a powder form. The three most prominent health benefits that maca is believed to have is the ability to balance hormones, increase energy, and wait for it….increase sex drive. Now, before you all rush to the health goods store to stock up on every possible maca product available, does this mean you’re absolutely good to go after consuming as much as your body allows? Probably not, sorry! Maca is a superfood but it won’t give you superpowers in bed. Buzzkill...I know. But don’t be afraid to incorporate this root into your diet to reap the all the positive benefits.
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Chaga: This medicinal mushroom is something you should definitely keep your eyes out for in 2017. Chaga has a special characteristic that really makes it stand out from the other superfoods mentioned. This special quality is its adaptogen property. Chaga is almost like a brain where it knows exactly which way your immune system needs support. When your immune system needs a boost, chaga will do exactly that, but when your system needs to take it slow, it’ll aid in slowing your system down. Other benefits present include antimicrobial, antioxidant, and soothing properties which help to regulate blood pressure and cholesterol. Work this mushroom’s magic by giving VAMS’ E3 Live + Chaga kombucha a-go.