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Food Trends Worth Your Attention In 2016

Posted by Courtney Sunday on February 4th, 2016 under Healthy Living, General

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The older we get, the less likely we are to follow anything with the word “trend” in front of it. You might think that ‘trends’ are synonymous with passing fads, disposable fashion and general frivolities not worth your attention.

But whether or not you think of yourself as a trend follower, hear me out. I'm predicting that 2016 will bring many fun, healthy new ideas ideas that are definitely worth paying attention to.

 

More Veggies, Please

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With meatless Monday on the rise and meat-centric chefs resolving to get on the veggie train, vegetarianism has never been so popular. For long-time vegheads, this can mean that restaurants will have loads more options for them, besides a plate of French fries and a glass of water. You know it’s a big deal when there is a hashtag. #Plantstrong. Now that’s a trend we can get onboard with.

 

The No Diet Diet

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After being told to eat clean or to cleanse for years, our insides should be as immaculate as an operating room. Yet vilifying food is doing nothing for our souls. Many new “diet” books are touting a reasonable message: listen to your body. Eat what makes you feel good. Don’t eat foods that sap your energy. It's getting as simple (and as personalized) as that.

 

The Alternative To Takeout

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When your answer to “What’s for dinner tonight?” involves a lot of grumbling (and possible profanities), you know you need a break from cooking. Many meal delivery services are now offering prepped, pre-portioned ingredients to minimize measuring and chopping but still giving you credit for the cooking. Homecooked dinners just became fun and achievable again! 

 

Healthy Food That Isn’t Quinoa

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And just when welearned how to pronounce quinoa! (But don’t tell your friend who still says “Quinn-owa.” It’s cute.) We love our kale and quinoa and chickpeas, but 2016 gives us a chance to diversify with foods like sorghum and seaweed. After all, kale isn’t going anywhere.

 

Mocktails & Kombucha Bars

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Pull up a stool and check out one of the many kombucha bars that are opening across the country. With mocktails and kombucha on-tap, it can be a great way to unwind after a fast-paced yoga class and indulge in a social (non-alcoholic) beverage.

 

African Flavors Are Hot, Hot, Hot

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According to the National Restaurant Association, food from all over Africa is going to be a hot trend. This seems vague to us, too, as it is a pretty diverse continent, but it should inspire us to change-up our spice mixes - especially if you haven’t graduated from salt and pepper.  (Spices are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants!) 

Tip: Get on the dukkah train, which is an Egyptian mixture that includes hazelnuts, sesame seeds, fennel, mint, cumin and coriander. It will make your hummus or salad dressing pop.

 

Eat for you and your body this year. Try something new, or eat your favorite meal every day for the rest of your life. It’s your path. Throw out the guidebook.

Courtney Sunday

Courtney Sunday is a writer and yoga teacher with messy hair, sloppy handstands and a big smile. She is most proud of the stamps in her passport, her fierce loyalty and her ability to cook in any sized kitchen. Courtney runs teacher training sessions and yoga retreats and is doing her best to finish her first novel. Find out more about her at www.CourtneySunday.com