I am not a trend maker or a trend follower, yet when it comes to food.. I’m up to trying just about anything.
Finding new foods is always exciting to me. When you have food allergies or intolerance’s, being open to trying something new is almost a must. The processed substitute foods are usually made with artificial ingredients, so the choices of items you can eat becomes small.
Opening yourself up to new foods and natural remedies will benefit you in many ways. From engaging your taste buds to feeling better, trying some of the new ‘food trends’ is something I highly recommend.
10 Healthy Foods You To Try In 2017 For A Healthier You
Magnesium is an important mineral, yet doesn’t get as much attention that other minerals like potassium or calcium do.
With over 300 different chemical reactions in our body, it helps with energy levels, relaxation, and even gets the blood vessels pumping. It helps with constipation and is also another key mineral in healthy bones.
A few years back, I was introduced to Natural Vitality’s Calm powder. At the time I was dealing with insomnia and leg cramps and was searching for something to help. After adding Calm to my nightly routine, my insomnia has pretty much disappeared.
Green leafy vegetables are rich in magnesium and chlorophyll. Along with some of these other foods, you can easily add more magnesium to your diet just by going to the grocery store.
I have shared in the past some of my experiences with Probiotics. When they first started becoming the ‘trendy’ thing to do, I was a little hesitant to try them. Yet, not that I’ve been on them for a good year or so, I can honestly say I definitely notice a difference in my whole system when I’m not taking them.
Probiotics are important to our system because they are packed with millions, if not billions of good bacteria. Good bacteria helps your body fight diseases and keeps your gut healthy.
I’ve tried a couple different probiotics, but so far the Family Flora is my favorite. There are other great products out there too, but I like this one because it’s so easy to use. I can add it to a smoothie or a glass of water. Easy Peasy.
3. Bone Broth
For the sake of total honesty I will tell you that I have only tried Bone Broth one time in the past year. I read all kinds of great articles about the benefits of bone broth and watched plenty of videos, that I finally decided to give it a try.
I went to a local market, bought myself some local beef bones, and made my very own batch of bone broth.
Now, if you follow me at all on any type of social media you know I eat mostly a plant-based diet, so this was a stretch for me. I’m not against eating meat, I just don’t desire it nor need it, so drinking beef broth was a bit much for me. My husband on the other hand.. well, he loved it.
Bone broth is said to be rich in minerals, helps support the immune system, relieves joint pain, and helps heal the gut lining. Bone broths are made with the bone, marrow, skin, feet, and or ligaments of chicken or beef. And although it may sound gross, there are lots of articles out there that back up it’s benefits.
After drinking bone broth every day for a week, my husband said he could see a noticeable difference in how his joints felt. As for me, well, I may have to try something these bone broth powders to get the benefit, because I just can’t seem to enjoy the real thing. LoL.
4. Maca Powder
I love me some Maca Powder. I have been adding this ancient goodie to my smoothies for about a year and half now.
Maca Powder is rich in Vitamins B, C, and E. I also contains lots of calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and amino acids. It has a nice nutty flavor that can add an added umph to any smoothie or energy ball recipe.
5. Nuts, Nuts, and more Nuts
You pretty much can’t visit any vegan and or plant-based web site without seeing some kind of nut being used. Whether it’s a nut milk or a nut crust for pie, nuts are definitely becoming a must for any healthy diet.
Nuts are not only a great snack, but most of them are packed with those ‘healthy fats’ that we all need. Nuts are also said to be helpful in lowering your cholesterol and good for your heart.
Since I have a dairy intolerance, almond milk and cashew milk have become a staple in my fridge. Cashews have also become a HUGE favorite. I used them in all kinds of different recipes. They are great as Parmesan Cheese or even Sour Cream. Going dairy free has never been so delicious.
We currently have a 4lb bag of cashews on our Amazon Subscribe and Save monthly list. It comes in really handy to have these shipped automatically, especially since they are my husbands favorite snack and disappear quickly.
Oh my goodness. I had seen jackfruit in a few different vegan recipes, but I had never tried until the early summer last year. It’s not one of those things you can find at your regular, local grocery store, but sometimes you can find it at a local Asian market like I did. (I actually Instagramed a few pictures of my jackfruit. lol)
Jack-fruit is said to be able to lower blood pressure, strengthen bones, maintain a healthy thyroid, boost energy and so much more.
When it comes to cooking, you can use the green (not ripened) jack-fruit as a pork type substitute. It makes a fabulous vegan BBQ that everyone in my family really liked.
7. Palm Hearts
Now this one is a new oldie to me. A long time ago, a friend introduced me to Palm Hearts by adding them to salads she would make. I used them for a few years, then just got out of the habit of buying them.
It wasn’t until I recently reviewed The Blissful Basil cookbook that I realized what a great substitute these would make in meals. Just like jack-fruit, palm hearts can be used in variety of ways in a lot of dishes. They are also a lot easier to find then jack-fruit, which is nice.
Palm Hearts are a good source of Protein, Potassium, Vitamin C, and Iron. It is also said to lower cholesterol and boost your immune system. Fiber is also packed in these tasty niblets, so they are definitely worth adding to any salad or meal.
8. Seeds – The Super Food
Snacking is something that can get me off course quickly. I love to snack, so I have to make sure I stock my house with healthy options. Nuts, cut up veggies and different kinds of seeds are usually my healthy go-to snacks during the day.
Seeds are considered to be a super food because they are packed with all kinds of vitamins and minerals. In these tiny little creations you can find lots fiber, omega-3’s, and protein.
I have a love hate relationship with Turmeric. It’s an amazing spice that helps in so many ways, but the taste.. oh boy, that taste takes some getting used too.
With that being said though, ever since I’ve added Turmeric to our daily lives via supplements, in smoothies or with golden milk, I can see a noticeable difference in how I feel.
Turmeric is said to help strengthen your immune system, help reduce pain and act as an anti-inflammatory, improve digestion, and so much more.
For us, is has significantly helped with joint pain and when taken in capsule from, has been used in place of ibuprofen for aches and pains and worked.
Growing up, I don’t think I ever ate an avocado. I actually think it wasn’t until my late 20’s that I had my first taste of guacamole. Crazy right? But now I’m totally hooked.
Avocado’s are what everyone calls the ‘healthy fat’ food. They help lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and sugar. They can also help aid in digestion and are a great source of potassium.
These little green goodies are a lot of fun to work with in recipes, but they definitely are temperamental.
If you can get a few ripe ones… it’s a good day in the kitchen for sure.
What Are Your Favorite Food Trends
I’ve listed some of my favorite foodie type trends, so now I’d love to hear from you.
What are some of the new foodie trends you are hoping to try out this year? Did you try something new last year that you just absolutely love?
Leave me a comment and tell me all about it.
Until next time..
Happy Eating and Happy Life!