5 trending super foods currently gaining traction on menus.
By Katie Fanuko
1. Ancient grains
Benefits: Amaranth, spelt, kamut and the like are higher in protein than whole wheat, the USDA reports.
Being used in: Grain salads; side dishes (mixed with vegetables such as spinach or butternut squash).
2. Fermented foods
Benefits: Commonly fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and kimchee, contain probiotics which can aid in digestive health.
Being used in: Pickled fruits and vegetables; kombucha beverages.
3. Dandelion greens
Benefits: The slightly bitter green is chock-full of vitamin A, vitamin K and calcium.
Being used in: Salads; soups (as wilted greens).
Benefits: The green powder is packed with antioxidants, including polyphenols and EGCg, which also is found in green tea.
Being used in: Tea beverages; smoothies; baked goods.
5. Goji berries
Benefits: The berry is high in both antioxidants and vitamin-A compounds.
Being used in: Yogurt and oatmeal toppings; pureed into smoothies.