Posted on 02/23/2015 at 12:00 AM by Embria Health Sciences
by Julie Revelant:
2015 is in full swing and if you’re like most Americans, you’re making your health more of a priority. In fact, a recent survey by the organization Family Medicine for America’s Health found that 83 percent of people want to make changes in their diet and exercise habits this year.
Everyone knows a varied, whole foods-based diet has numerous health benefits; but green smoothies, quinoa and salmon everyday can get boring. By trying new foods and finding new ways to prepare and cook them, it’s more likely that you’ll stick with a healthier diet for the long haul.
So, whether you’re a bona-fide health nut or you’re just looking to make small changes towards a healthier diet, there are some exciting healthy food trends to look forward to this year. Here are my top 5.
1. Fermented foods.
With a healthy dose of nutrients, fermented foods help the good bacteria in your gut, aid digestion and strengthen your immunity. Try kefir, sauerkraut and Kimchi or consider taking a supplement like EpiCor, which is a safe and natural whole food yeast fermentate found in many quality supplement brands.
2. Bone broth.
According to a recent report by JWT Intelligence, bone broth is the “steaming-hot” new beverage to start sipping. Rich in omegas 3, 6 and 9 and many minerals, bone broth can be found in your local supermarket, specialty grocery stores and in restaurants like the famed take-out joint Brodo in Manhattan’s East Village.
3. Plant waters.
Coconut water will continue to be a drink of choice for the health-conscious, but there are more plant-based waters that will continue to pop up on store shelves. Look for new varieties like birch tree, artichoke, cactus and aloe vera.
4. Yogurts with more.
Yogurt brands are popping up everywhere with a variety of new flavors with more protein and less sugar to temp your taste buds. Vegetable yogurts give you both immune-boosting probiotics and antioxidants in one small snack. Also look for yogurts made with different types of animal-derived milk like goat and sheep, plant-derived non-dairy options like coconut, almond, soy and add-ins like hemp and chia seeds, oats and grains.
Kale was the undisputed “it” vegetable in 2014, and whether you’re a Paleo-devotee or strict vegan, vegetables will again be taking center stage this year. In fact, experts say forget the 5 a day we’ve been told to eat—we actually need upwards of 9 vegetables a day if we want the most benefit. Sound impossible? Just start slowly by trying out new recipes and finding creative ways to get your fill. Some of the easiest ways to load up on a diversity of veggies is to add them to smoothies, salads and soups. You can also enjoy them pickled, roasted or raw—the possibilities are endless!