I like to think of the New Year as a complete fresh start. I know I’m not the only one who has already set goals and resolutions for 2016, so why not explore some new ways to amp up your meals to be more nutritious and delicious?! The new nutrition trends for the coming year are truly great, and very easy to incorporate into your diet! I have already personally tried some of them and let me tell you they do not disappoint! Let’s explore shall we…
Nutrition Trend #1: Full Fat Dairy. While the idea of “full-fat” may scare some, fear not!
This is an awesome way to get in that Vitamin D, and there are some great products out there that are full fat but still very good for you and will keep those bones strong! Check out Siggi’s brand yogurt for a tasty snack!
Nutrition Trend #2: Sriracha. Honestly, coming from a Mexican family that enjoys spicy foods, this one really excited me!
The red chili peppers in Sriracha contain capsaicin which is known to help boost metabolism and aid in weight loss, and the garlic also helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels! Sriracha can be used in almost anything, but some great options include: using it as a dipping sauce, in soups and stews, and atop meats and pastas!
Nutrition Trend #3: Pulses. This term may not be familiar to everyone, but pulses are basically dried edible seeds obtained from plants (think beans, dry peas, lentils and chickpeas)
They are high in protein and calcium, and a lot of companies are incorporating them into pastas and chips. Chickpeas are showcased in hummus – and Sabra promoted its “Two Spoons of Hummus a Day” campaign to close the bean gap.
Nutrition Trend #4: Salad Kits. Yep you hear correct, salad kits!
And not just romaine lettuce in a bag…these salads are basically gourmet, complete with organic ingredients and great for all of us that are on the go! Dole Foods will be introducing an innovative product called Take-Aways that combines chopped salad mix with a packet of whole grains and seeds, along with a vinaigrette dressing or salsa to drizzle on top.
Nutrition Trend #5: Sprouted Grains. I was hoping these would make an appearance this year, as I have been eating them for awhile now and truly love the flavor and how they keep you feeling fuller longer due to their fiber content.
They are lower in starch than regular grains and have a higher amount of vitamins and minerals like iron and zinc. They’ve also been said to be less allergenic to those with grain sensitivities.
Nutrition Trend #6: Frozen Dinners. And no not the boring TV dinners you’re probably thinking of that lack flavor and are packed with sodium. This year companies are aiming to shake up their frozen dinner game and are showcasing globally-inspired entrees – including vegetable bibimbap, tandoori-inspired spiced chicken, sweet potato and butternut squash enchiladas and chicken and harissa chickpeas, to name a few examples. Sounds tasty to me!
So there you have it – the top nutrition trends for the coming year! You’ll see these popping up everywhere (well, pending that the food industry comes through). But I have no doubts you will be able to incorporate these into your diet in 2016! Have a healthy and happy New Year everyone! #nourishtoflourish
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