Did you make a resolution to eat healthier in 2019? Us too! By incorporating new ingredients into our recipes, we have been able to put a creative twist on a less than delicious salad, improve the sides you serve at dinner, and overall, impress your taste buds.
Here are 5 superfoods to add to your diet in 2019.
- Brussel sprouts. Available throughout the year, brussel sprouts are filled with vitamins A, B, and C as well as a high level of B6 and folate. So, what exactly does this mean? By incorporating brussel sprouts into your diet, you are promoting gut health, increased tissue repair when facing an injury, and help improve heart health! Our favorite way to cook brussel sprouts is to sauteé them in a skillet with olive oil, crushed red peppers, garlic, and a lemon (zested).
- Tahini. Made from ground sesame seeds, tahini is what gives most hummus it’s flavor. Tahini contains more protein than most milk and nuts and is a rich source of vitamin B and vitamin E, which help boost energy and brain function, as well as protect against heart disease and stroke. Mixed with lemon juice, water, and a hint of garlic, the paste will make a great dressing for salads or grilled meat.
- Salmon. As one of the most heart-healthy foods, salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which help decrease inflammation and slow the process of plaque build-up in the arteries. Fire up the grill or utilize the cast iron pan you go for fire up the grill (or utilize the cast iron pan you go to for Christmas!) and cook your salmon with olive oil, red pepper flakes, and lemon for a quick and easy meal!
- Quinoa. A vegetable seed high in protein and amino acids, quinoa will fill you up, leading you to consume less calories. To cook it, boil it in water (similar to rice) and serve alongside your salmon or grilled chicken!
- Spinach. High in iron, spinach helps feed oxygen to your muscles for energy. Try adding spinach to your smoothie, cooking it to eat with your dinner, or on a sandwich in place of regular lettuce to start reaping the benefits.