2 Popular Healthy Foods Deserving of Their Reputation

At any given time, there are trendy foods getting lots of attention for their health benefits. Many of them become known as superfoods, while others never really catch on and people forget about them. Below are five foods that are very popular among health and diet enthusiasts right now that actually deserve the attention they’re getting. Keep reading to find out why.

chia-seeds-benefits-cookingChia Seeds

If you could obtain 3 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, more calcium than a cup of milk, more antioxidants than blueberries and even more Omega-3’s than salmon in one tablespoon of seeds, how often would you add a tablespoon to what you’re eating? Well that’s exactly what you can get from these tiny little edible seeds. To say they’re a nutrient powerhouse would be an understatement. Two other benefits are how full they keep you and the fact that they can you hydrated because they retain up to 12 times their weight in water.

How to Use Them

They’ve become an extremely popular addition to smoothies, but don’t stop there. They have a mild, somewhat savory flavor so they can be a great addition to a large variety of dishes.

  • Sprinkle them on top of your yogurt or salad.
  • You can substitute 1 tablespoon of seeds and 3 tablespoons of water (ground down in a food processor) per egg in your recipes.
  • You can use them as a thickening agent (gravy, soup, etc…)
  • You can use them as a binder (use in meatloaf vs. crackers/breadcrumbs, etc…)

quinoia-benefits-usesQuinoa

It may look like grain or oatmeal, but quinoa is actually a seed. And again, this is another one you’ll find plastered all over Instagram food photos and recipes on Pinterest. It’s one of the very few plant-based foods that are a complete protein (has all nine essential amino acids, along with iron and fiber). It provides potassium, calcium, iron, vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus and fiber. You even get a good dose of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat (an average of 25% of its fatty acids). Oh, and for those of you who care, it’s gluten free!

How to Use

Quinoa cooks up nice and tender pretty quickly. On average, you want to use 2 cups of water per 1 cup of quinoa. You can use it in place of any recipe that calls for rice or similar grains, and it’s light nutty flavor will give you a whole new outlook on that dish. If you like its nutty flavor, you can intensify it by toasting it in a pan with a little canola oil first for about five minutes (keep stirring so it doesn’t burn). If you aren’t sure about what to cook with it, recipes are flooding the internet – but here are five from EatingWell you can try.