New year, new food: Healthy foods you haven’t tried

Out with the old and in with the new! A New Year is a great reason to try new things, and food is one area where this applies as well. Check out these healthy foods you must try.

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Kick off the New Year with new food! Below are healthy foods that are an absolute must for the New Year. Some you may have heard of but have yet to make it into your grocery basket. Others you may not know but need to get acquainted with. Either way, these are the healthy foods you’ll want to try!

Chia seeds

Chia should sound familiar. Remember the Chia Pet craze? There’s another reason you should be crazy about chia, and that’s for the health benefits of chia seeds. Chia seeds are high in fiber, which is good for the digestive system, and omega-3 fatty acids, which promote heart and brain health.

Raw local honey

This ancient superfood is more than simply a natural sweetener. Raw honey is a natural multivitamin filled with minerals, vitamins and live enzymes. It also has healing antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Barramundi fish

Looking for another fish full of omega-3 fatty acids? Try the barramundi fish and reap the heart and brain health benefits while enjoying its low mercury level.

Hemp seeds

Hemp seeds are actually a fruit, but their small round appearance makes them appear seed-like. Hemp seeds are full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. A source of complete protein, one of hemp seeds’ main health benefits is their balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.

Kefir

This fermented milk beverage is known for its antibiotic and antifungal properties. Additionally, kefir is loaded with calcium and magnesium, which are good for the nervous system.

Tempeh

Similar to tofu in that it’s made from soybeans, tempeh is a firmer and tastier meat alternative. Tempeh is a powerhouse of protein, has high fiber content and is packed with probiotics.

Raw goat’s milk

Globally, goat’s milk is the most consumed milk, and there’s a reason you should join the masses. Goat’s milk is easier to digest and digests quicker than cow’s milk. In addition to being high in calcium, goat’s milk prevents iron deficiency and softening of the bones.

Nopales

Nopales are the leaves from the prickly pear. This cactus leaf is packed with digestive-regulating fiber and immune-system-boosting Vitamin C.

Pistachios

Easy to snack on, these nuts are chock-full of vitamins and minerals. The copper and manganese found in this snack aid in the development and formation of tissue, while Vitamins A and E reduce inflammation. Pistachios are also high in monounsaturated fatty acids, which reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. Finally, pistachios’ antioxidants fight against free radicals and aid in eye health.

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