2014 was an interesting year for food trends, but 2015 is sure to bring more to the table. While 2014 was all about limiting your calorie intake with juice cleanses that promise to cleanse your system and boost your metabolism, most of these quick-fix trends were quickly debunked, turning out to be nothing more than starvation-mode weight loss.
It looks like 2015 is going to be completely different (thank goodness). Instead of intense restriction, it's all about unprocessed whole foods, new superfoods, and amazing new ideas. It sounds promising!
Here are the food trends to expect in the coming months:
New studies have suggested that all kinds of spices can boost your metabolism, but tumeric seems to be the leading lady of this trend. McKel Hill, R.D., L.D.N., author of Nutrition Stripped, says, "Turmeric is one of my favorite spices to utilize in both sweet and savory dishes for its earthy flavor and amazing anti-inflammatory benefits." It comes in many different varieties, too, including Turmeric Milk, Turmeric Persimmon Porridge, or Turmeric Tea!
2. Bone broth.
This is a trend that is slowly making the rounds online, but it's already blowing up in New York. "It's been super popular in the Paleo world for years," says Tina Haupert, author of Carrots ‘n’ Cake, "but it's now gaining popularity as it's being sold at coffee shops and the like. I think there will be a lot more nutrition-seekers than calorie-counters in 2015."
3. Butter and coconut butter.
Ditch those dissatisfying non-fat foods and opt for full fat! "Fewer and fewer people fear fat in their diets," Haupert explains, "and I think butter on and in everything will be a big trend next year! Similar to butter, flavored coconut butter provides healthy fats, which will be working their way into everyone's diets!" There's been a rising food trend that's sure to raise some eyebrows but might really be here to stay: flavoring your coffee with butter (or coconut butter).
Goodbye Kale, you've officially been dethroned! Anjali Shah, author of The Picky Eater says, "A fellow cruciferous veggie with equally strong cancer-fighting properties, cauliflower is the superfood for 2015." Cauliflower, among it's many benefits, is also easy. You can roast it, sauté it with spices, or even puree it and sneak it into less healthy foods like mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, pizza, and mac & cheese to amp up the health factor!
5. Grass-fed dairy.
2014 was all about organic dairy. 2015 might be along the same lines, but it will be a little different: grass-fed dairy. While you might assume that organic means free-range and grass-fed, that's not always the case. "The ideal, healthiest dairy is now organic, non-GMO, grass fed and pasture raised," Anjali Shah, author of The Picky Eater explains.
"Tigernuts, a flavorful, earthy root vegetable that originates from Spain, will become a widespread snack and ingredient for baking," suggests Ksenia Avdulova, author of Breakfast Criminals, "Tigernut milk will become a popular alternative to those who are lactose and nut intolerant." In other words, it might be replacing your almonds.
What do you think about these health trends we might be seeing in 2015? Which ones sound promising, and while ones sound gross? Let us know what you think in the comments!
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