Healthy Food Trends of 2014

 

Now it’s out with the old and in with the new! Here are some of the new food trends expected to appear in 2014.

1.      Cauliflower is the Next Kale:  Cauliflower is taking a page from the kale playbook and stepping up its game.
 
2.      The kale, and coconut oil continues they’re unarguably two of the hottest superfoods. Coconut oil–rich in plant-based saturated fat–will remain wildly popular among dietary fat fanatics.
 
3.      Chia seeds is the newest superfood fad, but they’ve been around for centuries. It’s no wonder: they deliver as much protein as some nuts as well as heart-healthy alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based omega-3 fat. Per tablespoon, chia delivers 2 grams protein, 4 grams fiber and 1.75 grams ALA.
 
4.      Ancient grains are “in” again. They’re back and nutritionally superior than many modern-day, refined grains. Some to check out this year include quinoa, wheat berries, and millet.

 

5.      Expect to eat less ice cream, house-made ice cream, flatbreads, sliders and sweet potato fries. The Greek yogurt trend has slowed down, but looks for protein to be featured in other dairy products.
 
6.      Another trend that will continue to grow is super foods. Dark greens, Brussels sprouts, and fermented foods are predicted to top the list. Gluten-free foods will also keep going strong, so look for more offerings in the noodle aisle of your grocery store.
 
7.      Fruits and veggies first. Eating more servings of fruits and veggies was ranked the most important diet tweak to improve overall health this year. I’d be surprised if this were any different than last year, but I certainly agree!
 
8.      The local food movement will continue to grow and will expand to include home- and restaurant-grown foods. Food origins will be more prominently displayed on packages and restaurant menus.
 

Clean Eating – Every year a new way of eating healthy becomes trendy, and this year I’m thrilled to hear that it’s clean eating! Clean eating is all about eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds and less processed foods, sugar and salt. This has been my eating philosophy for last year so here’s to hoping it sticks around beyond 2014!

 

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