Before we get into their predictions on what’s going to be ‘trendy’ in 2021, let’s start with the basics. Do you know what makes something a superfood? The definition of a superfood is “a food (such as salmon, broccoli, or blueberries) that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fibre, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health.”
Now that we’ve established what they are, let’s get to the good stuff. Here, 11 superfoods that are primed to reach banana bread-level fame this year.
Love a good bottle of kombucha, bowl of yogurt, or pickles straight from the jar? Then you’re already familiar with fermented foods. Basically, they’re foods that contain good bacteria and yeasts, aka probiotics. Kimchi is another great example.
Fermented foods help to support gut health, which can, in turn, support immune health and obviously, our immune systems are a huge priority these days.
If blueberries aren’t already a staple in your fridge, they totally should be. They’re really high in antioxidants, which are good for internal health. Oh, and they have a lot of fibre too.
Seeds—especially chia and hemp seeds—are already having a moment, and they’ll continue to be big in 2021. They’re just a great way to add protein and fibre to pretty much anything you’re eating.
Green tea sales are on the rise, probably thanks to the fact that it’s know to support immune health. The drink is packed with flavonoids, powerful antioxidants that are good for overall health. Plus, it’s anti-inflammatory so it can help your immune system calm from inflammation.
Avocado is one of the most-loved superfoods, and will continue to be this year. Which is a good thing, considering they’re a major source of healthy fats.
Spinach & leafy greens
These guys are full of fibre and nutrients, so you should aim to incorporate them into your meals on the reg. Besides spinach, the leafy greens category includes things like mustard greens, kale, and cabbage, bok choy, and basically anything else that’s leafy and green.
Just like avocados, nuts contain lots of healthy fats which help give you energy and can make meals feel more filling. Walnuts are a good choice because they’re high in omega-3 fatty acids, which support immune health and overall well-being.
Here’s a category of superfoods that you probably haven’t heard of. Ancient grains is a term used to describe protein-, fibre-, and potassium-rich grains like amaranth, millet, teff, farro and freekeh. Think of them like rice—but with more nutrients.
Salmon is also an amazing source of omega-3 fatty acids (although technically a different type of them). It provides a lot of protein, too. And if you can only find the canned version, don’t panic. You’ll still get the benefits.