We welcome 2017 by setting new goals and pursuing a healthier and better lifestyle. There will be new and exciting health trends this year. Food is definitely on top of that list. So if you’ve been eating clean and working-out hard last year you can watch out for the hottest food trends for 2017. This prediction features what food will be part of everyone’s healthy diet this year.
Last year’s hit was coconut water. You’ll see more beverages made from artichoke (Phase 3) and cucumber (Phase 1, 2 & 3). These are great replacement to sports drinks as they are natural hydrators. Plant waters have lesser calories than Gatorade, as they only have 25 to 30 calories for 8 ounce sizes. They also have natural sugars present hence no artificial sweeteners is needed.
Health buffs who are into low-carb replacement for potatoes and pasta will love riced cauliflower (Phase 3). Some food manufacturers are already selling frozen versions of it. If you want a better version, make one at home. Grate raw cauliflower or chop it in a food processor. Riced cauliflower only has 20-38 calories, 4-6 grams of carbohydrates and has 2-3 grams of fiber per cup serving.
Chocolate in the Morning
Having something sweet for breakfast is normal, a 2016 study showed the people who ate chocolate at least once a week do better on memory and concentration tests. You can toss some dark chocolate chips in your oatmeal or yogurt for breakfast. Bear in mind that you still need to avoid the unhealthy ones, like a chocolate doughnut, as they do not contain nutrients that are beneficial for you.
Healthy Power Bowls
With the combination of vegetables, whole grains and protein, you can’t go wrong with power bowls. They’re really hot on Instagram. As they get more popularity, bowl foods can be expected to be available on supermarkets and restaurant menus. Remember, read the ingredients, they are only as healthy as what they contain.
Purple cauliflower, potatoes, asparagus (Phase 2 & 3), rice, cereal and other foods will be popular in healthy food stores. The purple color is based on anthocyanins, an antioxidant that helps lower the risk of heart disease and cancer. When buying these, always check the labels for calories, sugars and sodium.
Legume Based Pasta
For people who are looking for low carb and protein filled pasta-alternative, legumes like chickpeas (Phase 1 & 3) and lentils (Phase 1 & 3) will be a hit in 2017. These legume based noodles are high in protein and fiber.