When you think of “superfoods,” kale, salmon, and blueberries probably come to mind. But nutritionist Jackie Newgent says there are a lot of lesser-known nutritional powerhouses out there that we should know about. Here are a few low-key superfoods we should be eating more of.
- Maca - It’s a root from Peru that contains “a wealth of nutrients, including plant sterols, which can help lower cholesterol, according to Newgent. She says Maca can also boost libido and lower stress. Buy it in a powder form and add it to smoothies.
- Natto - They’re sticky fermented soybeans and they’re full of probiotics, which are great for gut health, digestion and immunity. Natto is also packed with protein, calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, and vitamin K. They’re said to be an acquired taste and have a cheese-like flavor.
- Horned melon - It’s a spiky fruit from Africa that has tons of magnesium, iron, zinc and fiber, Newgent says. The edible seeds are good for fighting disease and you can eat the flesh like cantaloupe.
- Coffee leaf tea - It’s a non-bitter tea made from the leaves of coffee plants and it’s low in caffeine but packed with antioxidants. Just steep the bag and drink like you would with any tea. It even comes in flavors like Earl Grey and jasmine.
- Star fruit - This tropical fruit is tangy on the inside and waxy on the outside and it’s got tons of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. Slice it and eat it on it’s own, or throw it in a salad.
- Cracked freekeh [[free-KUH]] - This ancient grain has seven grams of protein, eight grams of fiber, and 90% of your daily supply of manganese. Boil it in broth or water and use it like you would quinoa or rice.
Source: New York Post