With the new year, most of you will be looking for healthy alternatives or something new to add into your diet to either help improve your health or lose weight. In the world of health and nutrition, 2016 is expecting to bring a wave of new diet fads and buzzworthy foods.

2015 was huge for superfoods with the likes of Nigella Lawson promoting avocados and just about every other youtube sensation using coconut oil to make their foods. However, 2016 will see tree water replace coconut water and an obscure South American root be added to smoothies and shakes.

In the list of items to become popular you will see some exotic ingredients added but there will be some old favourites that are now being touted for their long under-sung nutritional benefits.

Black Beans

These powerful beans, which are staples in much Latin American cuisine, are crammed full of minerals and vitamins, and also pack a punch of protein. They can be used to make anything from burritos to brownies.

Seaweed

This superfood of the deep contains more vitamin C than an orange and packs in plenty of calcium. It also boasts anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Maca

Foodies have been adding maca powder into smoothies in the hope of gaining energy, nutritionists believe the plant helps to stabilise the endocrine system – the collection of glands that produce hormones to regulate metabolism, growth, sexual function, reproduction, sleep and mood.

Raw Cacao

Cacao beans are rich in a number of essential minerals, including magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese. Foods rich in magnesium have been shown to balance brain chemistry, build strong bones and help regulate heartbeat and blood pressure.

Avocado Oil

Last year we saw a rise in coconut oil, this year it set to be replaced with avocado oil as our favourite healthy fat. The oil is high in monounsaturated oleic acid, a heart healthy fatty acid. The oleic acid is also resistant to oxidation, unlike some other healthy oils, so can be stored for longer periods of time.

Matcha Tea

Matcha, the finely ground powder made of whole, high-grade green tea leaves, is thought to contain as many antioxidants as 10 glasses of regular green tea.

Mushrooms

A good source of vitamin B, this humble fungi is about the step into the limelight. Mushrooms are rich in vitamin D,  and are being praised as a way of adding flavour to food without cholesterol-raising salt.

Black Pudding

A favourite addition to many fried breakfasts in the UK, this blood sausage is going to become a popular superfood in 2016 as it’s packed with protein and practically carb free. It’s also a great source of protein, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Black Rise

Black rice is crammed with antioxidants, vitamin B1 and 30 times more fibre than white rice. Fans are praising its nutty flavour and unique texture.