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Healthy Foods 2017

There are plenty of healthy, delicious foods out there for us to discover. The latest of these nutritional powerhouses go far beyond chia seeds and kale, and will add an interesting and new element to your meals. Check out which new healthy foods you should be adding to your diet this year.

Who would have thought that stuff that washes up on the shore would make the list? The brown seaweed is loaded with iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron, plus it’s a great source of omega-3.

Try adding kelp sprinkles to homemade soups, salads, and rice bowls.

This clarified butter (made by heating butter and skimming off the milk solids) is easier for some people to digest than unprocessed butter because of its low lactose content and its high amounts of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.

Ghee has a natural nutty flavor and is a staple in Indian cuisine, often used to enhance curries and other traditional dishes. Use it in place of traditional butter when you can.

Dandelion Greens
If you’re a fan of bitter greens, try these. Dandelion greens are great for your bones and muscles and are rich in vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, iron, and potassium. They’ve got a pretty impressive fiber content, too – a 3.5 ounce serving of these will satisfy 15% of your daily fiber requirement.

You can find these at local farmer’s markets in the spring, or your local specialty store may be carrying it.

This whole grain is naturally gluten free and contains generous amounts of copper, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium.

Millet is usually eaten as a breakfast porridge, simmered in a pot of water (much like preparing steel cut oats), but it can also be used for granola, muffins, and other baked goods.

Canned Salmon
While not full of the same nutrients as fresh salmon, canned salmon is an affordable and smart alternative.

Get your omega-3s by adding canned salmon to salads, or use it as a way to bulk up a pasta dinner.

Wheat Berries
Despite its deceiving name, it’s not a fruit. Instead, it’s a grain that looks and acts like brown rice or farro and is used to make all-purpose flour. It also boasts great fiber, protein, and iron content.

Use it as a rice substitute or add it to your grain salads.

Marmite (British) and vegemite (Australian) are made from yeast extract and are high in B vitamins (namely B3/Niacin). Niacin helps boosts the body’s defenses against bacteria.

Because of its high salt content, you will want to practice moderation. A thin layer on toast will do.

What new healthy foods have you tried this year? Which of these will you add to your regular diet? Share with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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