In 2018, switch your usual daily snacks for some more exotic flavours and ingredients and treat your body to five incredible superfoods. From the aromatic flavours of the Middle East, to fibre rich nuts and seeds, it’s time to transform your desk nibbles into something a little more exciting.
Packed with antioxidants, Maqui berries are set to be a massive foodie trend for 2018. Not only are they delicious, they can help to regulate blood sugar levels, improve digestion and give your body a hit of antioxidants; perfect if you’re feeling a little worse for wear after a long weekend. Enjoy in a hearty bowl of low fat Greek yoghurt with a spoonful of honey.
If you love to snack at your desk, Tiger nuts might just be the treat for you. A natural source of magnesium, they can help to relax muscles and aid stress. Rich in vitamin E and C, tiger nuts are thought to combat cholesterol and can be eaten whole. If you’re a vegan, tiger nuts are a fantastic natural substitute to dairy and can be soaked in water overnight and blended with vanilla to make tiger nut milk.
If you jumped on the Matcha powder trend on 2017, you’re going to love the new superfood powder that’s about to transform our diets in 2018. Don’t be caught downing a Matcha latte at your desk when Moringa is the new superfood in town. Rich in Vitamin C, Moringa is a great powder to add to a morning smoothie as it is rich in antioxidants and may help to lower blood sugar levels, and cholesterol.
In 2018, watermelon seeds will be the hottest new topping for overnight oats, yoghurt and fruit bowls. You can eat them raw or roasted and you’ll be glad to know that they’re packed full of protein and vitamin B. Be careful though, as they are high in calories.
Za'atar Flatbread and Olive Oil
Middle Eastern flavours will be huge in 2018 and in particular the Lebanese spice Za'atar. More commonly known is other European countries as oregano, this spice is native to Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Palestine and Jordan. In the Middle East, Za'atar is savoured in the morning, when it is sprinkled onto flat bread with a drizzle of olive oil.
Switching your regular snacks to healthier alternatives or superfood treats can give you a range of health benefits.