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6 superfoods you've never heard of

Author: Elle Canada

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6 superfoods you've never heard of

 

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The six superfoods you should be eating this summer

Cricket Flour

This sustainable food source – which is made up of ground crickets – is the food of the future, according to nutritionist Miranda Malisani, as it requires fewer resources during production than other nutritional sources. It’s also chock full of nutrients. “Its nutrition profile is amazing: it’s got two times the protein than beef, more iron than spinach and more calcium than milk,” she says. The bonus: you can’t even taste the insects! All-Purpose Baking Cricket Flour ($16.50), at cricketflours.com. READ MORE: 10 celebrities who are obsessed with aerial yoga

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The six superfoods you should be eating this summer

Kalette

With options like kalette, you’ll always want to eat your vegetables. This delicious hybrid of Brussels sprouts and kale is high in vitamin K (good for the bones) and the antioxidant Vitamin C. READ MORE: Nike master trainers respond to your excuses not to work out

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The six superfoods you should be eating this summer

Camu Camu Berries

This tart berry from the Amazon boasts 60 times as many antioxidants as an orange, says Malisani, in addition to potassium, protein and beta-Carotene. Malisani prefers to add some of this fruit (which is sold dried in health food stores) to smoothies and even mixes it with coconut oil for a DIY moisturizer. READ MORE: Team Canada’s Christine Sinclair talks soccer, squats and Michael Jackson

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The six superfoods you should be eating this summer

Pu'erh Tea

For those watching their waistlines, Pu’erh tea is a tasty option to fill up your mug. This black tea from China, which goes through a 40-day fermentation period, has long been used as a weight loss and digestion aid: studies has found it reduces the amount of bad cholesterol and belly fat in rats. READ MORE: Health and fitness news you need to know

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The six superfoods you should be eating this summer

Turmeric

Why not sprinkle this root, a staple in Chinese medicine and the main spice in curry, on your next meal? It contains curcumin, which gives it its yellow pigment and its reported anti-inflammatory properties. (Inflammation occurs at the cellular level, according to Malisani, and by reducing it, you can help ailments from gas and bloating to tooth aches). READ MORE: Looking for a new summer sunscreen? Try these!

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The six superfoods you should be eating this summer

Freekeh

Move over, quinoa. Freekeh is the ancient grain of the summer. Harvested when it’s a young green grain, it has four-times as much fibre as brown rice, is high in protein (the building blocks of muscle) and has a low glycemic index, which means it won’t spike blood sugar (later causing the dreaded crash) when you eat it. Freekeh takes about 25 minutes to cook and you treat it like any other whole grain, says food, nutrition and culinary coach Kristyn Hall, meaning you can incorporate it into everything from salads, side dishes, cereal, and stir-fries and soups. READ MORE: FIFA Women’s World Cup: Workout hair goals

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