The New Year is a time to give yourself a clean slate to create your health goals, so we asked our nutritionists to pick out their top 10 anticipated nutrition trends for 2018.
1 • Shape-Shifting Veggies – From cauliflower rice to zucchini noodles, creatively cut veggies are stealing the show, and a greater percentage of the plate. We call it being Plant Positive and we’re so glad it’s catching on. Your new challenge? Decisions. Do you feel like roasted beets, snacking on beet chips, or a plate of beet noodles in this recipe for Spiralized Beet and Brussels Salad with Hazelnuts.
2 • Electric Multi Cookers – The answer to a busy person’s last minute dinner dilemmas. The Instant Pot® and other similar gadgets can slow cook, sauté, pressure cook, and even make yogurt. Their popularity has been building and is showing no signs of slowing down. From easy to peel hard-boiled eggs to tender roasts in an hour, the electric pressure cooker is the perfect way to eat healthy in a hurry. Use it in this recipe for Curried Cauliflower and Squash Soup.
3 • Collagen & Gelatin – Furniture isn’t the only thing from mid-century experiencing a resurgence. Gelatin products, used in the 50’s and 60’s to promote healthy hair, skin, and nails, are back and better than ever. In addition to beauty benefits, the amino acids found in collagen and gelatin support bone, joint and gut health. Virtually tasteless, it’s easy to add collagen to smoothies, beverages, and soups. Use gelatin to make desserts like this Cherry Gelatin recipe or even as an egg replacer.
4 • Nut-Based Cheeses and Spreads – Nuts are well known for their fiber and healthy fats, but dairy-abstainers know they also make a great substitute for cheeses and creamy spreads. From this recipe for cashew ricotta to spreadable almond cream cheese, these vegan alternatives appeal to all crowds.
5 • Avocado Oil – Say hello to naturally refined avocado oil, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, without the strong flavor of olive oil. This versatile oil has a neutral flavor that is great for salad dressings and baked goods, and a high smoke point that can tolerate stir-frying, giving it all the makings of a pantry staple.
6 • Pulses – You may be wondering what the heck are pulses? But there’s a good chance you’ve got them in your pantry right now. Think legumes including beans, lentils, and dry peas. Inexpensive, sustainable and high in protein, they’re perfect for those trying to moderate their meat consumption. We love this recipe for Extra Sloppy Lentil Joes and adore fiber rich, pulse-based pastas and adding beans to unexpected places such as baked goods and cream sauces.
7 • Sustainably Farmed Salmon – Just as there is variation in the way livestock, poultry and produce are farmed, there are also several ways to farm fish. Historically it has been challenging to find a sustainably and responsibly farmed salmon, but fortunately that is changing! These advancements are offering environmentally sound ways of raising fish outside of local waterways with no risk of escapement or negative impact on water quality or native species. If you prefer a mild fish, try the Atlantic Sapphire farmed Atlantic Salmon, if you prefer a richer salmon flavor, opt for the Ora King. Only at our OR/WA and Sunnyvale store.
8 • Ingredients vs Calories – Rather than counting calories, more people are paying attention to quality, putting an emphasis on foods and ingredients that are close to their natural form. When the pressure of calorie counting is gone, wholesome and balanced meals become the focus, which can be a boon to health and mental well-being.
9 • Pasture-Raised – When it comes to animal products we’re getting back to our roots. In 2018, look for an emphasis on products from animals raised thoughtfully and humanely, in ways that reinvigorate the land rather than deplete it. As a bonus, animals raised in this way offer nutrition advantages such as increased fat-soluble vitamins and anti-inflammatory, omega-3 fatty acids.
10• Eating for Eye Health – With folks getting more screen time than ever before, 2018 is the year to look beyond beta-carotene rich carrots to give your eyes the extra love they need. Widen your focus to phytonutrients, lutein and zeaxanthin, which you can find in kale, spinach and other dark leafy greens, as well as egg yolks. We have visions of spinach frittatas in your future.
And here’s one more, just for fun ;)
11 • Personalized Nutrition – We seem to be moving away from the one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition. Lifestyle, health goals, and even genetic variations mean that what works for one person may not work for another. From blood sugar checks that determine carbohydrate tolerance to intuitive eating that honors food cravings, there are multiple paths to achieve individual health goals.
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