Every New Year is like a blank slate for us to redefine our expectations and re-evaluate our priorities. With the blog posts and support from Stef Health Tips, you are well on your way to becoming a nutrition-savvy individual! Here are some nutrition trends coming up in 2015 that you should be aware of and consider incorporating into your daily diet.
1) Good Fats: Years ago, fats seemed to scare away every dieter. Today, health professionals are making efforts to educate the public on "good" vs. "bad" fats and how fats are essential in helping our body function on a daily basis. Cutting out fats isn't the answer, but identifying the right types of healthy fats is important. Monounsaturated (olive oil) and polyunsaturated fats (fatty fish like salmon) are the types of fats that you should be incorporating into your diet more. Saturated and trans fats are what we should be limiting (more on the saturated fat controversy in an upcoming post).
2) Ancient Grains: Quinoa, spelt, amaranth, and freekah are some of the many ancient grains that are growing popular in 2015. The thing I love about ancient grains are that they each have their own texture and flavor. Ancient grains still have their nutrients intact, unlike refined white flours, and therefore have a more nutty and earthy taste. Just be sure to portion control your grains and enjoy in moderation.
3) Checking Labels: GMO-free, gluten-free, organic... people more than ever before will be looking at food labels this year and choosing those that are more eco-friendly. Whatever you choose, always remember to choose items with fewer ingredients and try to go with those without a label (fruits, vegetables, etc).
4) Bye-Bye Diets: 2015 is actually starting to move away from diet trends, and focusing more on whole and clean foods. Feeding our body with natural and unprocessed foods, and maintaining a realistic and clean diet is what 2015 is all about.