I’m probably totally aging myself here, but when the concept of superfoods first came out—in a book that I rushed out to purchase because it was everywhere at the time—the superfoods were things like almonds, blueberries, and garlic. Hardly exotic! And then a few years later, it was suddenly goji berries and acai, then chia seeds and turmeric.
So what’s next in the world of superfoods? Get used to hearing about ingredients like lucuma, basil seeds, tigernut and moringa. Here’s a rundown of some of the latest superfoods, their health benefits, and how you can work them into your diet.
10 New Superfoods + Ways to Use Them
Blue Pea Flower
Native to Southeast Asia, the blue flowers of butterfly pea plants can be dried and steeped in water or ground into a powder to add a natural blue hue to recipes. Most commonly brewed into a tea, blue pea flower is a good source of the polyphenol quercetin, which fights inflammation and free radicals, making it great for glowing, youthful-looking skin.
Try It In: Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Lemonade from Kirbie’s Cravings
Whether you call them goldenberries, Cape gooseberries, or ground cherries, these sweet-tart cousins to the tomatillo are an anti-aging superstar, with a high concentration of polyphenols and carotenoids. They’re anti-inflammatory too and support kidney and liver health by helping flush toxins from the body.
Try It In: Golden Berry Granola Bars from Fit Mitten Kitchen
Maqui is a South American berry with a high concentration of anthocyanin, which gives the fruit its purple color. Because they’re both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, they’re a great food for combatting signs of aging—and they’re even antibacterial too.
Try It In: Wild Maqui Berry Smoothie Bowl from Eating Bird Food
If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on locally-grown mulberries, they probably won’t last long enough to make it into a smoothie—they are so good. And if you can’t find them near you, you can purchase dried white mulberries online. High in fiber, mulberries are fantastic for digestive health and lowering cholesterol, and they’re rich in iron and the antioxidant resveratrol too.
Try It In: Mulberry Hemp Seed Beauty Booster Smoothie from Healthfully Ever After
Lucuma is a fruit that looks like a cross between a champagne mango and an avocado. Buy it powdered and add it to smoothies, baked goods, yogurt, and anything else that needs a superfood boost (and a caramel-like flavor too!). Lucuma is high in fiber, B vitamins, and carotene. Studies have shown that lucuma oil may have anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and repairing effects on the skin.
Try It In: Sweet Lucuma Cream Mousse & Pudding Pops from Faring Well
Schisandra (also sometimes known as schizandra) berries are available in supplement form, but you can purchase them dried or powdered for adding to smoothies and drinks too. Schisandra is another superfood that helps curb inflammation and it’s also an adaptogen, helping the body cope with stress and balance hormones naturally. It’s also valued for increasing mental alertness without the negative effects of caffeine.
Try It In: Goji Schizandra Green Smoothie from The Healthful Ideas
We love moringa in our skincare, but we also love it in a smoothie! Moringa powder is a great source of vitamin C and other antioxidants like quercetin, which may lower blood pressure, and chlorogenic acid, which is thought to help moderate blood sugar levels. Like so many superfoods, moringa has anti-inflammatory properties too.
Try It In: Creamy Matcha & Moringa Latte from The Green Life
You probably know all about probiotics at this point, but now it’s time to start working prebiotics into your diet. Prebiotics help nourish a healthy biome and tigernuts, with 40% of our daily recommended fiber in one ounce, are one of the best sources of prebiotics out there. Despite the name, tigernuts are actually a root vegetable! Tigernut oil is a great substitute for other high-heat cooking oils and the flour can be used in all kinds of baked goods.
Try It In: Grain-Free Strawberry Tigernut Muffins from Food By Mars
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that’s essential for healthy, glowing skin—not to mention a healthy immune system—and baobab powder is a great source of it. The high amount of fiber in baobab powder makes it both useful for balancing blood sugar and a source of prebiotics for good digestive health.
Try It In: Refreshing Pink Lemonade Smoothie from Blissful Basil
Another superfood source of vitamin C, camu camu is an Amazonian berry that’s great for skin due to its antioxidant content—and it’s also anti-inflammatory too, so it’s an all-around winner when it comes to fighting signs of aging. We’ve even used it to create an anti-aging facial serum!
Try It In: Immunity-Boosting Beet and Camu Camu Breakfast Bowl from Golubka Kitchen1