12 Nutrition Trends in 2016

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12 trends that give a good idea of what’s driving the healthy-food industry these days:

1) Avoiding Gluten: Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods, even ones that would not be expected.

2) Going Paleo: The Paleo Diet is an effort to eat like we used to back in the day…WAY back in the day. If a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither can you. This means anything we could hunt or find such as: meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, and seeds. 

3) Plant-Based Diet: Is a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat, dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil.

4) The Use of Healthy Oils: Olive, coconut, avocado, almond oil are being used not just for cooking but also for body, skin and nails.

5) Healthy Snacks: Roasted chickpeas, black bean tortilla chips, and sweet potato chips are some new fun healthy snacks that have been popping up in super markets this year.

6) Changing the Face of Breakfast: Overnight oats, acai bowls, and protein smoothies are just some of the new comers in the breakfast game.

7) Non-Dairy Milk: When Starbucks adds Almond Milk to the menu you know it’s a big deal! Some other great non-dairy milk options are coconut milk, soy milk, flax milk, hemp milk, cashew milk and quinoa milk. Always opt for unsweetened!

8) Protein Options: Rumor has is it crickets are the new kale. We may be ordering a side of crunchy crickets for our protein in 2017.

9) Energy Bars are Everywhere: KIND, Cliff, Larabar, Luna, Quest, the list goes on!  

10) Seeds and Nuts: They come in all shapes and sizes. From 1 oz almond butter packets to chia seeds in our beverages. This trend doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon.

11) Natural Beverages: A great option to replace soda. We are starting to see La Croix and Kombucha drinks everywhere.

12) Greek Yogurts/Probiotics/Quark: These healthy bacteria help promote a healthy gut. Greek yogurt is a wonderful snack option that is packed with protein!

Source: ideafit.com

Source: Celiac Disease Foundation