New year is a time to test new waters and expand your boundaries. If you have been sticking to the same food ingredients year after year, it’s time you made some changes in your diet. There is vast ocean of health foods out there that you haven’t tried out yet- yes, it stretches much beyond flax seeds and chia seeds. Why not take a proper dip in it this new year- you will be blown away by the results. Here are 7 healthy foods you need to include in your diet this year.
If you haven’t tried this yummy dairy product yet, then it is high time you did. Also known as clarified butter, ghee is produced by heating butter and skimming off the milk solids. It is packed with vitamins A, D, E, and K. It is also known to be easily soluble than normal butter as it has a lower lactose content. Ghee is primarily used in Indian cuisine and is loved for the unique flavor it renders the dishes. Try adding some while you cook the next time instead of butter and be amazed by the deliciousness.
Kelp is essentially brown seaweed. It is a natural powerhouse of essential nutrients like potassium, iodine, calcium, magnesium, and iron. It is also valued for its high amount of omega-3 fatty acids that keep your brain healthy and help treat depression naturally . Kelp is a great addition to your salads. You can even add it to your soups and bowls of rice. It would even taste great when stir-fried in minimal oil.
The Gluten-free Whole Grain>: Millet is a whole grain, and whole grains in general are known to do wonders to your health. This is a great addition to your diet if you are gluten-intolerant. Millet is loaded with essential nutrients like magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and copper. It is often consumed like oats, as a breakfast porridge, but you can even add it to your muffins or home-made granola bars. You could even experiment by replacing other grains with millet while you cook.
4. Wheat Berries
Though they are called “berries” they are basically the entire wheat kernel, out of which wheat flour is produced. Wheat berries cooked in boiling water until soft can be added to soups, porridge, and salads to make them yummier. They have a nutty, sweet flavor that can make veg as well as non-veg dishes taste uniquely delicious. These wonder-berries are packed with fiber, B vitamins, protein, and iron.
Vegemite and marmite are spreads made out of yeast extract, primarily popular in Australia and Britain respectively. They are not much to look at, and the taste is not for everyone, mind you. But they do have a lot of takers who are in love with their one-of- a-kind flavor. Vegemite and marmite are rich in B vitamins, especially vitamin B3. They are known to boost your immunity and help your body fight effectively against bacteria. Just a thin spread on your toast would do make your breakfast more healthy and interesting.
Teff is a cereal grain that hails from North Africa. It happens to be a primary ingredient in the traditional Ethiopian cuisine. Teff is filled with manganese, amino acids, iron, fiber, calcium, protein, zinc, and B vitamins. It renders a nutty flavor to all the dishes it is added to. It can be added to baked goods, stews, salads, and porridge.
7. Dandelion Greens
Yes, this is a green that has to be a part of your diet along with your spinach and kale. Dandelion greens have a subtle bitter flavor that can revolutionize your boring dishes. They are loaded with vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium, calcium, and iron. These super-greens can do miracles to your bone and muscle health.