6 Health Food Trends of 2018 - Decoded
Have you ever noticed a food trend and all of a sudden you see it everywhere? Here are a few health food trends and buzzwords we’ve noticed so far in 2018. We’ll tell you what they are and how to make them work for you.
Lika Chia and Quinoa, Maca is the one of the most recent ancient south american foods to become more mainstream. Maca is a root vegetable grown at high altitude in Bolivia, Brazil and mainly Peru. While in ancient times and in those regions it is prepared in variety of ways, the form you may be most familiar with is Maca flour or powder as a supplement.
Why are people consuming maca more? Because of its said benefits which include increased stamina, mental agility, libido and menstrual pain relief among others. While many claim to have noticed real results, these benefits are not scientifically proven. Is it a placebo? Try for yourself, here are a few simple ideas to test if Maca if for you.
- Add it to your coffee: When brewing coffee at home, add a spoonful into your coffee grounds
- Add it to a smoothie
- Bake it- incorporate maca powder into the dry ingredients of any baked good for an added nutritional boost.
You may have also seen this trendy diet by the pseudonym “Keto” sprinkled throughout the internet food scene. Originally popularized by medically evidence that it effectively reduce epileptic seizures, the Ketogenic diet is characterized by its high fat, moderate protein and low carb content. The nutritional makeup of foods included in the Keto diet convert our bodies from glucose burning machines to fat burning machines in the absence of carbs and sweets. How does this happen? The absence of carbs and sweets places our bodies in a state of ketosis, allowing our bodies to burn and convert fat into energy instead of glucose.
Here is an example of which foods a day on the ketogenic diet would consist of:
Lunch- Spinach Omelet
Snack- Avocados with almonds
Dinner- Roasted Chicken
Recently, it seems like milk can be made from anything! One new craze is “Oat Milk”. If you live in a hipster-esque part of the world, you’re probably no stranger to the Oat Milk Latte. It is even being mass produced. How is milk made from oats, you may wonder? Water is the answer. Oat milk is made by blending whole oats with water at a 1:4 ratio (and sometimes additional flavorings such as dates, berries, cinnamon or vanilla). Next, the liquid leftover is separated from the solid oatmeal pieces and voila! Oat Milk. Like the oats it is made from, the result is a high protein, nutrient rich and dairy free milk. Try oat milk any way you would consume regular milk.
What is Ghee and why are people putting it in their coffee? Ghee is butter that is heated to remove impurities, milk solids, infuse flavor and separate out the fat. The butter is typically made from grass fed dairy. Like many food fads, ghee has been widely consumed in one region of the world (India and the Middle East) before gaining mainstream popularity. The fact that ghee is made from grass fed dairy, makes it inherently more nutritious. Due to removal of milk solids, it is easier to digest for those who are lactose intolerant and has a more intense buttery, nut like flavor. Try replacing ghee anywhere you would use butter for added richness and flavor.
Who knew that the one veggie most despised by children is actually packed with healthy protein. Peas have a natural inclination to turn into milk and pea burgers can be found at selected grocery stores. Pea powder can be added to any mix. The subtle taste of the pea protein makes it very versatile. Other than being rich in protein, it's also a great source of amino acids. Try adding pea powder to a smoothie after a workout.
Ever heard of Golden Milk? Yes, you guessed it, we’ve also managed to make milk from turmeric. What is turmeric? Tumeric is a root plant a part of the ginger family which has been cultivated and used in medicine and rituals for centuries in Asia. It’s known for its bright yellow color and alleged anti inflammatory properties. It can be purchased in dried powder and more rarely in it’s fresh form. Interested? Try it by sprinkling a teaspoon of turmeric powder on meat or vegetables before roasting, grilling or sauteing for an added deep flavor. Better yet, if you can find fresh tumeric, try making cozy tea by boiling it with fresh ginger.
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