Superfoods & Supermarket Trends of 2013

March 4, 2013   |   News, Newsletter Features, The Cook's Room

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Superfoods like quinoa, kale, and goji berrries dominated 2012 with their astounding protein, fiber, and antioxidant benefits. But new findings for 2013 have some interesting new members to add to the health-packed group. Cynthia Sass with Shape Magazine highlights 5 new superfoods that you may never have heard of. If you follow superfoods and food trends you’ll recognize chia seeds, and everyone should be familiar with garlic – but black garlic with double the antioxidants and no garlic breath afterward? Tell me more.

Not only are we seeing differing types of foods introduced in early 2013, but we’re seeing predictions for various food trends to come. If these predictions pan out, they could make a significant impact on the look and feel to many grocery stores and restaurants. Vegan and vegetarian lifestyles are becoming increasingly prevalent on menus and in larger grocery stores, and the popularity of tapas style eating is increasing the amount of appetizer options on many menus. Supermarket News columnist Phil Lempert even predicts the shift of marketing in grocery stores toward men since we’re seeing an increase of males in the supermarkets and kitchens.

There will always be a new food trend, a new miracle diet, or convenient cure-all. Hopefully, you all know that it doesn’t matter if the superfood is from 2012, 2013 or 2000. They are still superfoods and are always a great item to add to your diet. Here are a few of our favorite healthy recipes. You’ll find healthy, superfood-enriched, and vegan recipes that are sure to amp your energy, lifestyle and health.

Vegan Zucchini Bread

Trust me, no one will ever know this is vegan. Amazing, sweet, moist, and anything but bland.

Many people have a negative reaction when they hear the word vegan. Baking is a great way to implement some vegan recipes into your life and those around you. Vegan baking is mostly just switching out a few ingredients that have similar textures (like replacing eggs with applesauce or butter with avocado).




Vegetarian Spaghetti with Quinoa Meatballs

This recipe is a little more of a challenge, but worth it. Packed with protein from quinoa and vitamins from spaghetti squash, you’d never guess that this recipe is low in calories and carbohydrates. This is a perfect hearty dish for meatless Monday that even meat lovers will enjoy!






Sriracha-Baked Salmon And Kale Wraps With Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Superfoods salmon, olive oil and kale unite in this health-packed dish. Anything spicy is always a great way to boost your metabolism. If you don’t have sriracha, a small amount of crushed red pepper is always an excellent way to spice up any dish.