Best superfoods for 2016

14 June 2016

ThymeEach year brings new food trends, and we always keep an eye out for new and exciting ingredients to incorporate into our London events and we have collated a snippet of some of our favourite new superfoods for 2016:

AVOCADO OIL 

Whilst avocado oil is often used as a beauty product and has proven results for hydrating and repairing damaged skin, it is also a fantastic ingredient to cook with. It is one of our favourite healthy fats and is high in monounsaturated oleic acid – a heart healthy fatty acid with a long list of proven health benefits.

We recommend using this product as a healthy alternative to your usual cooking oil, but it also makes a great base for homemade salad dressings, marinades, an alternative to butter when baking and much more. It really is an all-purpose oil with amazing health benefits!

SEAWEED

Seaweed is packed with iodine which is hard to come by in foods and helps bolster your thyroid and brain health. It is also super high in calcium and protein and helps with digestion amongst other things.

Often found in seafood dishes such as sushi, its light, fishy taste accentuates flavours, but you can also add seaweed to just about anything you are cooking up in the kitchen, from a salad to a stir-fry.

Even Jamie Oliver is a fan, once commenting: “I thought seaweed was hippy, globetrotting stuff, but our ancestors ate seaweed. It contains a lot of iodine and it’s the most nutritious vegetable in the world. It’s like dynamite, filled with fibre, nutrients and minerals – unbelievable.”

TERES MAJOR 

Ok, so this isn’t a ‘superfood’, however it is an extremely lean and tender cut of beef that can be purchased at a fraction of the cost of fillet but with the same melt in the mouth texture. Also known as the ‘shoulder tender’ or ‘petite tender’, it is a relatively unknown cut of meat as it requires great skill to extract, however ask your local butchers and it can often be sourced for you.

Our serving suggestion would be to season and either use a very hot grill or cast iron pan and for best results, serve medium rare.

TREE WATER

Forget coconut water and pick up a bottle of Birch tree water. This is a nature given energy drink and the sweet thin syrup like liquid contains xylitol, protein, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, which make it an ideal drink to cleanse the body and boost your health.

Perfect for a hot summer day, this drink is extremely thirst quenching and can be used as an energy drink whilst also helping to boost immunity, fight fatigue and treat arthritis and joint pain.

TEFF

Move over quinoa because 2016 has a new super grain! Teff originates from Ethiopia and has a mild, nutty flavour. Its tiny seeds are high in calcium, iron, protein and amino acids as well as being a excellent gluten-free flour alternative.

The grain can be used as a great substitute for any wheat flour based recipe or mix this up with some seasonal salad and vegetables for a healthy lunch.

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