We’re all trying to be a better version of ourselves and avoid all the vices that come our way daily. In modern society, food is a big topic because when we’re not starving, we’re quick to go in the opposite direction. Luckily, healthy eating has been at the forefront of the healthy lifestyle debate, and the new trends that pop up every season make it that much easier and more fun to come up with different ways to stick to a healthy diet. So, from superfoods to preparation methods, here are this year’s top healthy food trends:
Non-dairy types of milk
What if I told you that non-dairy milk alternatives have become so popular that dairy farmers are demanding that they change the name from milk to “nut juice”? But nuts aren’t the only thing getting milked in 2019. You can now find milk made from coconut, oats, corn, rice and so many different sources right there on the store shelves. Even better – you can easily make it at home, so you know exactly what’s going into it. For most of them, the process is the same: soak, blend and strain. It’s really much easier than people think, and it’s a healthy alternative to dairy products in your smoothies, coffee, and cereal.
So we’ve realized, just a few decades too late, that eating fats doesn’t make you fat. In fact, fat is great for you – it is one of the basic macronutrients and you want to consume it regularly. Especially with the rise of diets like keto and paleo, where fat consumption is increased, you want to make sure that what you are consuming are healthy fats and not transfats. Things like avocados have long been known as the healthy fat in our daily diet, but now we have things like avocado oil, ghee, which is a type of clarified butter and coconut butter, as well as many other better and fat healthy substitutes.
If you’ve never heard of this, you weren’t paying attention to the health-obsessed. While mushrooms are usually a hit or miss with many people, it’s clear that they have quite a few health benefits. Mushroom powder, like reishi and Chaga, are considered superfoods, and you’ll find them in well-equipped health stores. They can be stirred into coffee or tea where they are barely noticeable or rolled into power balls for quick on-the-go snacking. People who consume them report improved mood and overall wellness.
Into the sea
As we’ve realized that the meat industry is literally killing our planet, we’ve made a small step in a questionably right direction and started plucking food sources from the sea. While there’s a debate over how good this is for the sea life, it’s definitely better for us, because snacking on seaweed chips is almost always better than eating potato chips. But besides snacks, there’s also things like seaweed butter and fish noodles, so keep an eye out for fishy products.
Snacking is mostly the point where we all go wrong with food and grab something that isn’t that good for us. Even the seemingly good stuff like dried fruits and trail mixes have a lot of hidden sugars and calories. Regular dried berries can have up to three times more sugar than their natural, fresh counterparts, and that’s just unnecessary. Luckily, we now have freeze-dried snacks in the form of everything from fruit to edamame so take your pick and make sure you’re snacking on something healthy. Look at the back of the packaging for the sugar content and make sure that the ingredients are only the thing you’re eating and maybe a little bit of salt.
A big food trend this year that actually has nothing to do with the food itself is the change in packaging. Remember those pictures floating around the internet of the banana packages in plastic? Well, those days are starting to become a thing of the past as more and more companies are pledging to get rid of plastic packaging and replace it with something reusable and biodegradable.
So, if you find any of these trends interesting, make sure you give them a try because there’s nothing more important than your health – and food is the first building block.
About Ashley Rosa: Ashley Rosa is a freelance writer and blogger. As writing is her passion that why she loves to write articles related to the latest trends in technology and sometimes on health-tech as well. She is crazy about chocolates. You can find her at twitter: @ashrosa2.