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Slim down with these powerful superfoods
You’ve heard about the benefits of eating salmon, kale and blueberries. Now taste the benefits of the next generation of superfoods.


By STEPHANIE S. BEECHER
Photos by Matt Haas

March 2016

Broccoleaf

Dubbed the "new kale," broccoleaf bundles are the sweet, crisp leaves surrounding broccoli florets and heads. Eating 100 grams of broccoleaf provides 100 percent of your daily value of vitamin C and is an excellent source of folate, vitamin K, vitamin A and calcium, says broccoleaf grower Foxy Organic.

Dulse

If chewing on seaweed doesn’t seem appealing to you, consider this: Dulse has gained its fame for tasting like bacon. Rich in proteins, fiber, minerals and antioxidants, the red seaweed is often dried and fried before it’s sprinkled over salads, scrambled eggs and other dishes.

Acai

Helmed from the acai palms of Brazil, acai berries are loaded with antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats. Proponents of the reddish-purple berries say they promote skin health, boost the immune system, aid digestion and contain anti-aging properties.

Kaniwa

After several years of popularity, quinoa has met its match in kaniwa. The seed-like grain is of the sweeter, nuttier variety, yet mirrors many of quinoa’ s benefits — including being an excellent source of fiber, protein and amino acids. The gluten-free grain may be harder to find in stores, but is also easier to prepare.

Hemp hearts

It might feel like a stretch to ingest the seeds shelled and hulled from a hemp plant, but the tiny kernels may be key to shedding extra pounds. The protein-packed seeds have a grassy, nutty flavor and can be added to everything from yogurt to smoothies and breadcrumb mixes to increase fullness and help your appetite between mealtimes.

How to incorporate these foods into your daily route, from breakfast and lunch through dinner and dessert.

Breakfast: Start your morning off right with an acai bowl. Pureed or in powder form, the berries form the base of the dish, and additional toppings are entirely up to you — oatmeal, fresh fruit and rice milk are the most common.

Lunch: Since dulse’s taste resembles bacon, try creating a "DLT." Lettuce, tomato and a small handful of dry dulse are layered between two slices of bread to create a savory, protein-charged sandwich. A shmear of mayonnaise is optional, too.

Snack: Power through your mid-afternoon slump with a simple sauteed salad of broccoleaf. Season the stems with flavorful accents like minced garlic, olive oil or crushed red chili flakes.

Dinner: Skip the meat and opt for a vegan, high-protein dish, using kaniwa as its grounding base. Combine the energy-boosting grain with roasted vegetables (think bell peppers, red onion and zucchini) and garnish with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime.

Dessert: Blend 3 tablespoons of hemp hearts (which alone boast 10 grams of protein) with your favorite smoothie ingredients for an indulgent yet healthy dessert. Toss in cocoa powder, bananas and pitted dates to further satisfy your sweet tooth.

 







 


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