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New Health Foods To Add To Your Diet

Have you heard about these new health trends? Listen up – you will want to take notes and heard to your local grocery store.

What? Never heard of them, you say? Well, Kalettes are the beautiful hybrid of Brussels sprouts and kale. Yes, this hybrid veggie was created by Tozer Seeds, but it is not a genetically modified product. Kalettes cook faster than Brussels sprouts, are more versatile than their parent veggies, and boast a savory, nutty flavor. Delicious served fried or raw, kalettes are so versatile that they make it easy for you to get your daily veggie serving.

Bone Broth
You’ve likely heard about the bone broth craze by now. While the proof of its benefits has yet been inconclusive, it is said that its high amounts of collagen, gelatin, protein, essential vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium can help to improve your bones, digestive and immune system, along with your hair, skin, and nails. The flavor is much like stock used for soups and sauces, and it made by simmering bones for much longer than regular broth, usually with meats and herbs added for flavoring.

Originating from North Africa and the Middle East, harissa is a spicy paste made from chili and other spices and herbs, often used to flavor soups, stews and couscous. It may also be served with meats, or as a simple dip for bread. Because of its high levels of capsaicin and other disease fighting antioxidants, harissa can be used to flavor your dishes while delivering an added health boost. It has also been said that eating spicy foods can help to temporarily boost your metabolism and combat inflammation.

The newest grain in town, hailing from the Middle East, is freekeh. Freekeh is wheat that is harvested while it is still young, green, and soft, and then sun-dried. This grain retains a firm but slightly chewy texture and is comparable to a lighter version of orzo. It also seems to pack more bang for your buck. Low in fat, plus high in protein and fiber (more so than quinoa), freekeh also contains essential nutrients and is low on the glycemic index.

Spirulina is a blue-green algae that contains high amounts of chlorophyll. In plants, chlorophyll is used during photosynthesis to convert light to energy. In humans, it’s said that chlorophyll helps your body heal faster, controls and stabilizes hunger levels and cravings, promotes healthy iron levels and helps clear out free radicals, thanks to its antioxidant content. Because of these benefits, spirulina is often taken by cancer patients going through chemotherapy.

Used in either tablet or powder form, it can be rather expensive, but a little can go a long way. Drawbacks are its distinct odor, but mixing the powder in smoothies, juices, or other meals, make it palatable.

Have you tried any of these? Which is your favorite? Any health trends we missed? Feel free to share with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

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