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Now that 2014 is here, it’s safe to say we’ll see a new generation of hot beauty trends, workouts, and—especially relevant to our brown bag lunch—foods. We chatted up Kimberly Snyder, author of The Beauty Detox Solution and Beauty Detox Foods, to get the scoop on the foods and ingredients that will be showing up in menus and markets this year.
This Brussels spouts-shaped green, a member of the brassica family, may just give kale a run for its money in 2014. Delicious both raw and cooked, this possible superfood “provides a great source of glucosinolates, which may enhance the body’s antioxidant functions,” says Snyder. Give it a try with this Curried Lentil, Kohlrabi, and Couscous Salad recipe from Bon Appetit.
Durian Fruit, a spikey fruit indigenous to Southeast Asia, is a polarizing contender for the next superfood. While some people can’t get past its unique (stinky) scent, others focus on its delicious, creamy taste. More importantly, its health benefits are off the charts: it’s high in fiber, has concentrated amounts of vitamin C and B-complex, and boasts plenty of minerals for healthy cell function. If you find it too pungent to eat as is, try this yummy-sounding Durian Fruit Tiramisu.
“This is an ancient tree leaf, which is said to have helped give stamina and strength to ancient warriors in battle,” says Snyder, Native Africa and Asia, moringa is high in vitamin C, calcium, and potassium, and has been used to fight malnutrition in infants and mothers for centuries. Check your local Asian market for moringa leaves— they can be cooked and subbed in for spinach in traditional American dishes.
This purple tropical fruit thrives in the warm climates of the South Pacific and South American islands. “The primary active components of the mangosteen fruit are xanthones, a class of polyphenolic compounds that are biologically active and structurally similar to bioflavanoids.” says Synder. Known for their high concentration of vitamins and minerals, these tasty fruits a great to experiment with in fruit salads and juices.
Sick of quinoa? Snyder says this “forbidden rice,” is gaining popularity in the food-lover world. Not only is black rice gluten-free, it also “contains a large amount of anthocyanins, an ingredient that may be capable of lowering the risk of heart attack,” says Snyder. Sneak this healthy grain into dishes like stir-fries and vegetable-based soups.
Bye, bye blueberries. Synder says maqui is the possible next “super berry,” soon to join the shelves next to goji and acai. It has the sweet, moody taste of a blackberry with anti-inflammatory properties thanks to sky-high levels of antioxidants called delphinidins. While we still don’t have it fresh from its birthplace in Chile, you can find it stateside as a freeze-dried powder—a perfect supplement for your morning smoothie.
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