Four Superfoods to Try in 2019

Matcha
This trendy take on green tea is making its way from traditional Japanese tea to the healthiest latte and even down into the dessert aisle. If you haven’t tried it yet, matcha is essentially powdered green tea that’s commonly whisked with milk to create a frothy latte at most coffee shops offering this delicious treat. Today you can find the antioxidant-rich powder in just about anything. It has a warm, earthy flavor that pairs well with creamy textures. Adding more green tea to your diet can help reduce your risk of cancer, improve skin quality, and some research even suggests it can aid in weight loss.

Tahini
While this may not be totally new to the food scene, you’re sure to see tahini pop up more for it’s versatile use in healthy cooking. You can count on tahini to add creamy and healthy fats all while being oil-free and allergy friendly. Made from the paste of toasted sesame seeds, tahini is a nutrient-dense alternative to creams and nut butters with its velvety texture. You can even use its mild sweet flavor for making desserts.

Oat Milk
Just as you were just getting used to the idea of almond milk, this healthy grain has splashed into the scene. Right past your favorite overnight meal prep and into your coffee cup. That’s right! Oats are now being used to make milk that’s actually lower in fat and higher in protein than some of your other favorite dairy-free milk alternatives. Try some in your next latte and enjoy it’s rich texture that is sure to keep you feeling fuller, longer.

Pumpkin
No, we’re not talking about the PSL craze. While pumpkin isn’t catching as much buzz outside of the fall season, it’s one of the most underrated (but major) superfoods that many people don’t know about. The most affordable and easy way to sneak in this winter squash is by picking up some canned pumpkin and adding a few tablespoons to your oatmeal, smoothie, or even pasta sauce if you’re feeling experimental. Just one cup of this orange magic provides seven grams of fiber, three grams of protein, and it’s only 80 calories. Pumpkin is packed with over 50 percent of your daily value of vitamins A and K, which helps with your vision to keep eyesight in tip-top shape as well as offers protection against certain cancers. If you’re a bit over the pumpkin craze but still want to reap some of the benefits we discussed, try snacking on the seeds! Those crunchy delights provide five grams of protein, five grams of fiber, and a whole lot of iron and magnesium.

Pop over to your nearest grocery store and pick up one of these superfoods to pack a punch in your meals. Tag Youfit Health Clubs on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and show us what you make!

Lindsey Gass

Lindsey Gass, RD, LD/N is a registered dietitian in Miami, FL. With a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University, Lindsey has years of experience in clinical, sports, long term care, and community nutrition. Lindsey currently works in critical care at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she provides nutrition support and participates in trauma research. Outside of her career, Lindsey is an avid runner and Nike run club pacer working towards qualifying for a Boston marathon. Follow Lindsey on Instagram at @lin.health for nutrition tips and tricks. Learn more about Youfit’s Registered Dietician