With the start of 2019, you may be wondering what healthy food trends you should try this year. If there's one thing dietitians know, it's healthy food. And if there's one thing that dietitians who work in the media know, it's trending healthy food! Before you start buying all the new eats you see, find out what the experts say are the best bets to bring home from the store. Some of the hot new trends are expansions of what was hot in 2018, and some are brand new trends that stand on their own.
Like it or not, we're headed into a stressful time of year. No matter how awesome Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are (and they are awesome!), they can also create plenty of stress. You might be worried about hosting, what to eat during the holiday, or how to avoid gaining weight. Or maybe you're feeling social or financial stress. Whatever type of stress you're feeling, it's not good for you. After all, stress takes a toll on more than just your mental well being.
Worry you won't feel satisfied without chicken, beef, or seafood on your plate? Even though plant-based foods are often packed with health benefits, many people still feel hesitant about going meatless. With a little planning, though, you can create simple, vegetarian meals that are every bit as filling and delicious as meat-centered ones. I'm speaking from experience, as I've been a vegetarian for more than half my life! I like to include protein-rich ingredients like beans and Greek yogurt.
Trying to lose weight in 2018? Trust me—another starvation diet is not the answer. I like to prepare high-protein meals and snacks that help me feel energized and satisfied all day long. Ready to get healthy without going hungry?
With healthy eating top of mind, January is the perfect time to shake up your meal-prep routine. Personally, I'm all about adding floral flavors and portable, high-protein snacks! Which good-for-you trends will you be adding to your list in 2018?
Carbohydrates are often demonized, but your body actually needs them to thrive. So how can you eat carbs without giving yourself a sugar hangover? I look for high-fiber fruits and veggies (like pumpkin and apples, which are in-season and so delish this time of year) and protein-containing foods (like cottage cheese) to give my meals and snacks better balance. Looking for some new, low-sugar recipe ideas?
I have something to admit, err...share with you. My sweet tooth is pretty sweet, and there's no way in the world I would be able to live without it. So while I'm not a fan of the term "cheat meal," I also wholeheartedly believe there's no shame (or harm) in indulging occasionally! But one indulgence can easily turn into an entire day—or week—of overdoing it. I know a few simple tricks that will help you satisfy ice cream cravings and the like without sabotaging your health.