5 Exotic Superfoods You’ve Never Heard Of

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Ancient cultures, Eastern cultures, native cultures – they all have so much to offer with their traditional foods and we are discovering more of them every day. This year, have a little fun with your healthy food and try some of these wild, fun, and freekeh superfoods!

Yes, I said Freekeh.

5 Exotic Superfoods You’ve Never Heard Of

1. Freekeh – This ancient Middle Eastern dish is made from green wheat that has been roasted. Compared with other grains, it has four times as much fiber and has a low glycemic index, making it ideal for dieters and diabetics.
2. Kukicha twig tea – Literally made from the sticks of the kukicha plant, this green tea has towering levels of antioxidants and has an alkalizing effect on the body. Curative bonuses include reducing bloating and easing nausea.
3. Cupuaçu – A pulpy tropical fruit that has both antioxidants and essential fatty acids, the Cupuaçu might show up in your face cream before it appears in the produce section of your grocery store. That’s because it nourishes, repairs and regenerates skin cells.
4. Fenugreek – Often used in Indian and Asian cooking, this herb just might contain the cure for the common cold and relieve sore throats. It’s also been claimed that it may improve diabetes symptoms, menopausal symptoms, and menstrual cramps.
5. Jerusalem artichokes – You’ve seen them, thought they were ginger, and when you found out they weren’t, you wondered “what do you do with these?!” Don’t let these unusual roots intimidate you. You can cook them just like you would potatoes or parsnips, though they taste like a nutty, crunchy artichoke. Boil, sauté, bake or steam – or eat them raw – and enjoy this rich source of inulin, vitamin C, fiber, potassium and magnesium.

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