From ‘placenta smoothies’ to cricket flour: the wacky ‘clean foods’ people are actually eating

17 December 2016

Superfoods are nothing new, but these “clean-eating” trends have taken the idea to a whole new level.

Some people will go to great lengths to lose a few kilos.

Now, superfoods are nothing new, but these “clean-eating” trends have taken the idea to a whole new level. Some of these sound a little strange, but others are downright gross! We take a look at the wacky new health foods that people are actually putting on their plates.

1. Pickle infusion

Homemade vinegars. #infusion #vinegar #hybird #chiles #chili #chilipeppers #thyme #bay #garlic #scorpion #trinidad

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It’s not just for gherkins and onions! Pickling is the preservation process of storing food in saltwater or vinegar, which also enhances its taste, and foodies are now trying this technique on mangoes, mint and garlic.

2. Seaweed

Goodbye kale, hello seaweed! According to The Huffington Post, various species of marine plants are great sources of calcium and antioxidants, and are high in iodine which in good for the brain. Some of the popular ones include kelp, wake and nori. You like the seaweed wrapped around your sushi? Try it with soup, crackers or in a healthy salad. Some people are even making seaweed burgers... Read more: Finally! Health food that tastes like bacon but healthier than kale

3. Placenta smoothies

placenta smoothie game strong with a side of sugar buttah cookies of course I know it sounds weird to some of you but truth is, it's extremely good for mamas. here are some key points on why I got my placenta encapsulated (raw method).. placenta encapsulations prevents and lessens the risk of postpartum depression or ‘baby blues’, replenishes iron, lends a consistent flow of oxytocin, provides the HPL hormone to help establish early and healthy milk supply, stabilizes ever changing hormones post birth, replenishes your B vitamins and energy lost during birthing, protects from infection and bleeding due to retained placenta tissue or membranes and offer natural pain relief. your placenta is a perfect medicine that your body made especially for you. no doctor could prescribe a prescription, vitamin, or herbal supplement more perfect then your placenta. cheers y'all recipe: 1C @harmlessharvest, 1Tbs @salbachia chia seeds, 1Tbs @navitasnaturals goji berries, 3Tbs @livebeaming plant protein, lots of spinach, pineapple, banana and of course.. my placenta #placenta101 #shutthekaleup #realfood #cleaneats

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There’s no scientific evidence of the benefits of eating one’s baby’s placenta, but celebs like Kim Kardashian swear by it. It supposedly helps with mood swings and post-birth healing. To make it more, er, palatable, advocates are blending it with fruits like bananas and strawberries. Read more: Hollywood actress says eating her placenta helped her lose baby weight

4. Cricket flour

Need protein and a boost? Eat bugs! Crickets are crushed finely into a powder-like form and placed into protein bars, desserts and other foods. Why, you ask? Crickets and other goggas are full of protein, B12 and calcium. Cricket flour gets a nod from many nutrition and health experts.

5. Savoury yoghurt

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It sounds more like baby food than yoghurt, but a least this is edible. With recipe additions like carrots, squash and beetroot, savoury yoghurt has health benefits though isn’t perhaps as tasty as the sweet variety. Read more: The hidden horrors in ‘healthy’ food

6. Food waste

#foodwastegirl #Simplicious #SimpliciousHack #zerowaste

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At least this will be easy on your pocket! Stop tossing away “excess” food and use them for more nutrients. Foods like broccoli stems have lots of fibre in them, so why not add them into the meal instead of slicing them off and throwing them out. These can be added in salads for more of that healthy crunch.

7. Blood pudding

Yes, this pudding really is made out of blood – dried pig’s or cow’s blood to be precise – and the Brits have been eating it for years. This iron-rich food item may not be the most delicious “pudding” you’ve ever tried, but it’s a strong defence against anaemia. And apparently, it tastes like sausage.

8. ‘Tree’ water

Finally, a trend we’d actually be willing to test out! Birch water, maple water and even cactus water are soon to surpass coconut water as the health fiend’s treat of choice. These tree juices are lower in sugar and calories than coconut water, but supposedly still have a yummy, fruity taste.


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