Put down the Advil, and pick up a…turmeric root? This ancient ayurvedic spice is being touted for its anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a great, natural pain relief option that's also detoxifying. Post-workout, reach for a bottle of Turmeric Alive or blend a 1-inch piece of turmeric into a smoothie or juice.
They're the new nut. And with all the same nutritional benefits (fiber, protein, omega-3s), minus the allergy stigma, what's not to love? Sesame, chia, flax, hemp, pumpkin—sprinkle these babies over cereal, salad, or soup.
3. Pea Protein
Meet the latest alternative to whey or soy protein. Pea-based protein is vegan and gluten-free, and has tons of amino acids and iron. Mix a couple of tablespoons into a smoothie, or grab an Alt Bar.
4. Fresh Veggie Juice and Smoothies
Juicing is still red-hot, whether you swing by a juice bar or pick up a bottled, vitamin-packed raw juice like Suja or Forager Product. You can also make green smoothies at home by blending one part creamy fruit (bananas, mango) with one part leafy greens (kale, spinach) and one part tangy fruit (berries, orange) plus water.
5. Fermented Foods
Instead of swallowing vitamins and supplements, people are trending toward functional whole foods that haven't been artificially fortified with added B vitamins and calcium. Hence, the rise of fermentation: Kimchi (try Zuke), sauerkraut (Farmhouse Culture is yummy), and kombucha contain naturally occurring probiotics.
6. Grassfed Meat
Free-range cows and chickens that chow down on grass are leaner and have more good fats (omega-3s, baby) than those who gorged on grain—even if it's organic.
7. Raw Cacao
A universe away from Hershey's, the granola set is going loco for cacao, which is loaded with antioxidants. Stock up on bars (like Righteously Raw), or blend a tablespoon of cacao powder with a banana, a couple of dates, a cup of water, plus a little cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup for a chocolate shake that's actually good for you.