Top 10 Nutritious Trending Foods

Sade Meeks

Celebrities and you slaying in an IG post aren’t the only things that can become trending topics. In the food world, trends are seen often. Just as there are trends with clothing styles, food trends are prevalent. Examples of previous food trends include cupcakes and pomegranates. However, I want to fill you in on some recent food trends concerning some nutrient dense foods. What is all the hype really about?

Top 10 Nutritious Trending Foods (In no particular order)

  1. Kale – In January it was reported that farmers struggled to find enough seeds to keep up with the demand of this superfood. Even though this food has been trending for years now, it is not too late to hop on the bandwagon. Kale offers some super nutritional value, hence its termed a superfood. Just to name a few of the great properties, kale contains antioxidants, which work in fighting off cancers and supports the body’s natural detoxification process.
  1. Quinoa – as the gluten-free diet is becoming popularized, so is this protein-packed gluten free grain. Quinoa linguine, quinoa mac and cheese, and quinoa hot cereal flakes, are among other iterations. Quinoa is very nutrient dense, rich is magnesium, iron, fiber, and Riboflavin. It’s most prominent feature might be its protein content; it is packed with it! As a chef, my favorite aspect of it has to be its versatility – use it in a salad, as a breading , in pancakes, in a casserole, there are tons of ways to incorporate quinoa in a recipe.
  1. Greek Yogurt- Today Greek yogurt accounts for over half of yogurt sales. This is most likely due to its superior nutritional value. Yogurt is a healthy option in general; but when compared to regular yogurt, Greek yogurt has more protein, less fat, and less sodium.
  1. Edamame – Edamame has played a major role in increasing soy farmers’ profits because of its popularity and growth. This soy bean in a pod is a gluten free product, free of cholesterol and is a great source of protein, iron, and calcium.
  1. Matcha – Matcha is technically not a food, but this “premium” variation of green tea is getting a lot of attention. It’s not only being consumed as a beverage, but many people and food establishments are creating matcha flavored recipes for ice creams, cookies, smoothies, and popsicles. This tea offers some great benefits as well. It has been shown to increase metabolism, increase energy levels, and improve cholesterol. It can also be a great option for stressful days considering it contains L-Theanine. L-Theanine is an amino acid that promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain which induces relaxation minus the drowsy side effects.
  1. Cotton Candy Grapes – They are probably trending for their unique flavor that was made possible through the hybridization of wild grape species. The high prices of these grapes may be preventing them from growing as fast as they could, but production is expected to rise and prices are expected to drop in the upcoming years. It’s a more nutrient dense option to getting that cotton candy flavor.
  1. Chia seeds- Chia seeds began to rise in popularity in 2014, and it is continually growing. These tiny black seeds are loaded with health benefits such as high contents of antioxidant and fiber. If you enjoy creating smoothies or fun drinks, try incorporating these powerful seeds into some of your recipes.
  1. Almond Milk – Although technically not a food, this beverage is proven to be the favorite milk alternative. In 2015 sales increase up to 40%. It’s benefits are superior to regular milk. Almond milk is free of cholesterol and saturated fat, and low in sodium. It does contain fats, but the healthy omega fatty acids. Such fats promote heart health and aid in preventing high blood pressure.
  1. Cauliflower- Some people are calling cauliflower the new Kale as it is rising in popularity. It is a good source of vitamin K, protein, folate, fiber, magnesium, vitamin B6, and potassium. The most major benefit is probably seen with its Vitamin C content. One serving of cauliflower contains 77% of the recommended daily value. Cauliflower is also another one of those surprisingly versatile foods. Ever tried cauliflower pizza crust or cauliflower mashed potatoes? You should give it a try!
  1. Apple Cider Vinegar – Another beverage item on the list, but this popular vinegar has earned the name “mother of the vinegars” due to its continued popularity and benefits. From skin care, digestive aid, to sore throat home remedies, apple cider is to the rescue. To put the benefits into perspective, remember the phrase “Put some Windex on it” for the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding… Apple Cider Vinegar is really close to that.

 

Some of these trends may be foreign to you, but don’t feel left out. Check out these foods and do your own research to see what the hype is really about!

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