5 New Superfoods For Spring 2017

Looking to be in tip-top health this Spring?

These 5 superfoods will help you!

1. Turmeric

The main ingredient that gives turmeric its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties is curcumin. It may help with digestion and memory, and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.

2. Avocado oil

Avocado oil is 70% oleic acid, a healthy omega-9 fatty acid. Avocado oil is better to cook with because its fatty acids are stable at high heat.

Related: 5 New Superfoods that Reduce Stress

3. Watermelon seeds

High in protein, vitamin B and iron, they’re a great addition to a salad or smoothie. 1/8 of a cup provides about 10g of protein. They’re healthiest if they’re spouted, shelled and dried – so don’t eat them right from the fruit.

4. Purple vegetables

Purple kale, purple corn, purple potato and purple cauliflower are all rich in anthocyanin. Anthocyanins are antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune boosting functions.

5. Maca

Maca is a powerhouse of antioxidants and provides more than 133% of the RDI for vitamin C. Studies show maca is a libido booster, as well!

Related: 5 Superfoods You Need For Better Sleep

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Julie Rothenberg MS, RD, LDN

Julie is a registered dietitian, nutrition expert with a passion for honoring the body with good nutrition and mindful eating. Julie obtained a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in dietetics at Loyola University Chicago.

The proud owner of a nutrition consulting company, JuliENERGYnutrition LLC, where she practices concierge nutrition. She takes an extremely individualized approach and creates personalized nutrition goals and plans for her clients based on specific needs. She works with various physicians and therapists and sees clients for a wide range of nutrition issues including wellness, weight loss, disease specific nutrition counseling and disordered eating.

She stays up to date with new food discoveries and evidence-based research, as well as keeps up with the latest nutrition trends. She has a passion for improving relationships with food and currently uses the "Intuitive Eating" approach. In fact, she is a certified intuitive eating counselor. She has developed a passion for not only improving relationships with food and the body but also for understanding the effects that good nutrition can have on one’s health. Her ultimate goal is to use nutrition to help the community live healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives.