Sometimes it’s tricky to divine which foods are fads and which are fab. Here are five fab finds for 2019 curated by certified trainer and nutritionist Alexa Uhurek.
This Mediterranean superfood was used by Roman warriors for fuel thousands of years ago. It’s high in protein and is a great low-carb alternative instead of lentils or chickpeas. Buy lupini beans dried, pickled or as a packaged product that is cooked and spiced.
Move over bulletproof coffee — there’s a new fungi in town. Mushrooms are adaptogenic, meaning they help your body naturally adapt to stressors by supporting your adrenal function. You can buy coffee already combined with mushrooms or buy the ‘shroom powder separate and blend yourself.
Moringa contains a diverse range of bioavailable nutrients, and the leaves, bark, seeds, flowers and roots are all used medicinally for a variety of ailments, including joint pain, diabetes, stomach issues and infection. Moringa has an earthy taste similar to matcha, and fresh leaves can be used in a salad. Powdered moringa can be used in smoothies or chia puddings, and it’s also available in capsules as a supplement.
These beans are a popular Asian legume with a rich nutty flavor. They are a great source of protein and fiber as well as molybdenum, a mineral that facilitates enzymatic reactions and works to detoxify the liver. They are slightly sweet and are used in many plant-based desserts. Buy them dry at your local grocery store.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
While trendy, cauliflower pizza crusts are actually pretty tasty and are a great low-carb, high-fiber alternative for homemade pizzas. You could spend hours making your own, or try one of the frozen products widely available in stores, such as the Paleo crust from Caulipower, which contains minimal, high-quality ingredients — and is gluten-free! (amazon.com, $53 for a 4-pack)
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