Beyond Chia and Kale: Nominate the Next Great Superfood!

The buzzy superfoods of the past few years — kale, chia seeds, garlic, blueberries, quinoa — are still in constant rotation in our house. But it’s time for some new kids on the block, isn’t it?

There are some lesser know foods that pack a powerful nutritional punch and would make exciting — and interesting! — new additions to your family’s diet. To get the ideas flowing, we have a few names to throw into the hat:

AmaranteAmaranth

What it is: Originally a staple of the Aztec diet, amaranth is an easily digestible grain that’s sold at health food stores and a few larger supermarkets like Whole Foods.

Why it’s super: The nutrient-dense, gluten-free seeds are packed with calcium, iron, fiber, and plant protein.

TurmericrootTurmeric

What it is: A bright yellow Indian curry spice and relative of ginger.

Why it’s super: Its potential to fight a multitude of diseases. One study concluded that turmeric topped pharmaceuticals in its ability to prevent or alleviate Alzheimers, arthritis, and many forms of cancer.

kohlrabiKohlrabi

What it is: A bulb-shaped vegetable that’s part of the mustard family, which looks like a beet and a cabbage had a baby.

Why it’s super: It’s loaded with vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and flavonoids that act as powerful antioxidants.

Now tell us, readers: what do you think the next great Superfood should be? Is it amaranth, turmeric, or kohlrabi? Do you have a write-in candidate? Or can nothing ever top the nutrition and versatility of kale? Tell us in the comments below and we’ll pick a winner!

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