I Hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year! As we are now officially in 2014!! yay, I know people are ready to start with their resolutions. One of the most popular ones every year for people is to have a healthy lifestyle, and or to get back in shape. As the year just started I decided to share a great article on the up-and-coming food trends that need to be a part of everyone’s new diet. These new super foods and trends hopefully will inspire you to go forward this year in having that healthy lifestyle you crave.
Food trends, like fashion, come and go. But healthy foods are always a good bet-trendy or not. EatingWell’s editors have their ears to the ground and their taste buds on alert for the latest in smart eating choices. As we look ahead to 2014, here are the healthy food trends that are sure to be winners: they’re delicious and good for you too!
1. Clean Eating Is The New Buzzword For Healthy
Interest in healthy eating continues to surge and leading the way is the craze for everything “clean.” What’s clean eating all about? It means eating more vegetables, less meat, less sodium, watching your alcohol, limiting processed foods and choosing whole grains. In other words: it’s basic, common-sense, good, healthy eating, which is what EatingWell’s recipes and eating philosophy are all about.
2. Trash Fish Is The New Sustainable Seafood
What happens to all those fish that get caught up in fishermen’s nets but aren’t the popular fish, like cod, halibut or salmon, that people want to eat? They’re thrown back or turned into fertilizer. This year some of those underappreciated species, such as wolf eel and sea robin, will be given some well-deserved love. Chefs around the country are hosting delicious “trash-fish dinners” to showcase just how delectable these fish can be. The aim: to get Americans eating a wider range of seafood and to protect the overall balance of fish populations in our oceans.
3. Cauliflower Is The New “It” Vegetable
Sure, kale chips are still everywhere you turn, but cauliflower is the up-and-coming darling vegetable of the moment. And for good reason-it’s loaded with nutrients and can do all sorts of culinary tricks, from standing in for starchier, higher-calorie potatoes in dishes to turning a soup creamy and rich without any cream. Plus it’s been all over the media these days-you’ll even find it gracing the cover of EatingWell’s January/February 2014 issue.
4. Say Hello To Quinoa’s Little Cousin, Kaniwa!
When quinoa shows up in the grocery aisle in little boxes with a variety of seasoning blends right next to the Rice-A-Roni, you know it’s gone mainstream. What’s next? Baby quinoa, called kaniwa, which is similar to quinoa but smaller. It’s also from the Andes, cooks quickly and is high in protein. Look for it at natural-foods stores or buy it online.
5. The Ancient Craft Of Fermentation Is Hot Again
Fermentation harnesses the power of microbes to transform the flavors and textures of food-like milk into creamy yogurt, cabbage into sauerkraut and tea into bubbly kombucha. Signs of the fermentation craze are everywhere: fermentation guru Sandor Katz’s latest book, The Art of Fermentation, won a James Beard Award this year; mobile kombucha brewing stands are bubbling up at farmers’ markets; and rows of small-batch artisanal sauerkrauts are filling shelves at the local supermarket. Plus, as John Grossmann reports in the January/February 2014 issue of EatingWellmagazine, the first fermentation bar in the country has opened in Healdsburg, California, to serve the local community kefir waters, kombuchas and shrubs, along with traditional fermented beverages we’ve loved forever-a.k.a. wine and beer.
6. Community-Supported Foods Explode
By now, the trend of farms operating with the help of a community that supports the risks and rewards through a membership-a.k.a. community-supported agriculture (CSA) shares-is well documented and much loved. But new up-and-coming community-supported food businesses are launching left and right, with new offerings like weekly shares of bread, cheese and fish.
I hope you enjoyed this article today, will you be on the look out for these food trends? let me know in the comments below