The most challenging of every new year’s resolution is eating healthy. Don’t know where to start? We have selected some of the latest ingredients in 2018 that have a wide variety of benefits for the body. Add or substitute these in your recipes and add a boost of energy or healthier option to your diet.
Green Banana Flour
Bananas are known for their high content of potassium and the ripe banana is a healthy snack, ideal after workouts. However, we often forget the unripe, green banana. To differentiate with the plantain, the green banana is sliced, dried, then grounded into flour. It contains an incredible quantity of resistant starch that can help decrease blood sugar levels as well as cholesterol! Gluten-free, it’s also an amazing alternative for people who are gluten intolerant or have celiac.
More and more popular among beauty gurus, turmeric, a vibrant yellow powder, ground from the roots of the plant, is widely used as dye or a homemade face mask essential. In the kitchen however, turmeric is often used with flour to make bread or a beautiful, golden turmeric tea. Not only does this spice add a nice touch of color to the dish, it also is an excellent ingredient that detoxifies the body and relieves pain.
Blue-Green Algae has always been seen as a bacteria invading the oceans and ruining the environment. However, it can also be a great source of nutrients. As a matter of fact, it contains a high concentration of vitamins, proteins and enzymes that can be absorbed up to 97% by the human body. This vibrant blue powder can be added in smoothies or other recipes to give it a splash of color and a boost of supplements!
Tired of olive oil and looking for a healthier option than canola oil? Look no further, avocado oil is here to save the day. It contains almost the same nutrients as the olive oil. It also has a high smoking point, meaning that you can cook it at a high temperature for cooking. Finally, avocado oil is a nice ingredient for skin care as it barely clogs pores and is an amazing moisturizer, ranked as highly as jojoba and almond oil.