Abigail Joy Dougherty: Registered Dietitian, Nutrition Expert & Lover of Life
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Abby’s Top Food & Nutrition Trends of 2015

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I love Wednesdays! It’s hump day and it’s also WFLA News Segment Day on First at 4 with the lovely Stacie Schaible!! Today, we are discussing the forecasted top food trends for 2015.

2014 was filled with juice cleanses, quinoa recipes, kale everything and healthy sources of fats, like avocado and coconut but what is on the horizon for food trends in 2015? What are the hot new nutrition and food trends forecasted for 2015? I scoured many articles (listed below) and read a ton of 2015 food forecasts and I picked these 5 as my favorite hot new nutrition trends of 2015!! Enjoy!!

See Batina and I’s segment on (slightly different) Food Trends at the link below!!

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Abby’s Top 5 Food & Nutrition Trends of 2015  

1. Cauliflower is the New Kale!!

I love this one! This cauli-trend is so awesome because it is also super healthy but unlike kale it truly is a blank flavor canvas that takes on any flavor that it’s cooked with. Bake it, puree it, sauté it, barbecue it, and even replace bread with it! You can easily make Mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes or  you can even make sauces and pizza crust out of it! Cauliflower is high in dietary fiber, a great source of vitamin C and is low in calories – who doesn’t like those stats?!? Let’s go further, “the superfood” also has vitamins B and K, Omega 3’s AND manganese! Good golly, miss molly! And here are some fun recipes to go along with this trend!
Creamy Dreamy Garlick-y Chicken and Rice via Soul of Health (that’s me!)
Photo Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Photo Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Curried Chickpea and Roasted Cauliflower w/ Quinoa  from The Conscious Dietitian 
Cauliflower Pizza Crust from Dietitian in the Kitchen
Orange Cauliflower Tex-Mex Casserole from Meal Makeover Moms

2. Matcha:

(Said MA-cha) is a fine powdered green tea – it can be drunk or mixed into foods from sushi to baked goods to ice cream. It has antioxidant properties and some studies show that it helps our bodies run more efficiently. Cool beans! I have some in my cupboard that was sent to me, but have yet to try it! Maybe this is my “kick in the pants”, if you will. I think I will!

Peppermint Mocha Matcha Latte from The Organic Dietitian
Matcha and Coconut Date Truffles from Dietitian Debbie Dishes

3. Cool Sources of Added Protein:

Before it was added fiber, now they are finding cool, healthier ways to add protein to foods. Although, most americans are not starving for protein, I can definitely think of worse trends. 🙂 Look for added protein in not only bars but also cereals and snack foods. Lately I have seen pea powder or protein instead of the controversial soy for added protein and nutrients in snack items.  Like these ultra delicious pea snacks from Trader Joes – Inner Peas – I’m in love with these!

Inner Peas

Photo Courtesy of Trader Joe’s

Peas are a great source of protein, fiber, folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. Awesome!! Snacking perfection here!

4. New (and healthier) Sugars:

Now we are not just stuck with plain old white or brown sugar, now there are all kinds of cool sugars hitting store shelves, like coconut sugar and date sugar. These two in particular are said to be lower on the glycemic index and also have more nutrients. Awesome! Although these are healthier, I would still not consider them health foods, so still practice moderation.
Conversions:
FYI: 1 cup regular sugar = 1 cup coconut sugar = 2/3 – 1 cup date sugar

5. Millet is the New Quinoa:

Millet is gluten free, protein rich and high in fiber – who doesn’t like that? And it is easy to prepare just like quinoa but you don’t have to rinse it! It is just 1 cup of millet to 2 cups of water. For more info, here is a super easy how-to from Thekitchn.com – How to Cook Perfect Millet Every time. And a few fun recipes!
Photo Courtesy of Raw Girl

Photo Courtesy of Raw Girl

Garlicky Spinach, Millet and Eggs from Naturally Ella – YUMMM!
Greek Stuffed Peppers w/Millet (obvi) from Edible Perspective 
Mushroom Millet Soup from Oh She Glows 

**Bonus Trend**

6. Mindful eating!

I know we live in such a time crunched society but our brains are always going. Focus on the food you are putting into your body. Seriously, just do it!

I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!!

XOXO Abby 

 

Sources: Culinary Trends by Jenet Helm, Chow.com, Time.com, The Washington Post 

 

 

 

2 Comments to “Abby’s Top Food & Nutrition Trends of 2015”

  1. Thank you so much for featuring our coconut sugar link. I love all these health food trends listed. It will be fun to see which ones stay popular the entire year.

  2. Love this! Thank you 🙂

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