8 Healthy Food Trends in the US – 2016

healthy food trends in the us

San Francisco welcomed the Winter Fancy Food Show, featuring thousands of food and drink produces from around the world including some of the biggest healthy food trends in the US in 2016. You could happily eat your way through miles of cheese, chocolate, and olive oil, but healthy superfoods were the standout stars. From avocado oil to chia seeds to lots of love for legumes, here’s what’s coming to a grocery store near you in 2016.

1) COCONUT EVERTHING

First, there was coconut water. Then coconut oil. Now, the nut is nearly inescapable. There’s cream, butter, sugar, syrup, coconut dipped in chocolate, and even coconut toasted into chips. But the next big thing might be the sweeteners, like Big Tre Coconut Sugar, which offers an intriguing alternative to white sugar. Coconut sugar has low glycemic index, slowing down that sugar rush, but it’s still high in calories, so don’t go overboard.

8 Healthy Food Trends in the US -2016

healthy food trends in the us

2) SUPER SEEDS

Another one of the healthy food trends in the US is super seeds. Nutrient-rich seeds are on the scene, sold simply in bags, or backed granola, crackers, cookies, and more. You might already be familiar with chia seeds, which pack protein, fiber, and omega-3’s. This year, flax gets a turn in the spotlight, with extra points for disease protection, and sacha inchi seeds and hemp hearts, like Manitoba Hemp Hearts, are getting some attention, too.

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3) AÇAÍ BERRIES

If the acai bowls you’ve been seeing on Instagram weren’t convincing enough, you can rest assured, the amazing purple berries are here to stay. Will they help with weight loss and anti-aging? The jury is still out on that myth from Amazon, but like other brightly colored fruit, acai berries do contain healthy antioxidants. Sprinkle a powdered version like Navitas-Acai powder in your smoothies and drink in the benefits.

healthy food trends in the us

8 Healthy Food Trends in the US -2016

4) AVACADO OIL

The new coconut oil has arrived. Avocado oil, such as Chosen Foods Avacado Oil, is fabulously buttery and bursting with the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fats found in the fresh fruit (surprise, avocados aren’t vegetables!). And with a smoke point up to 500°F (260°C), it’s a reliable choice for high-heat cooking. Also available now: avocado mayo, which is as delectable as it sounds. Can you hear the fish tacos calling?

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5) LENTIL CHIPS

The United Nations declared 2016 the “International Year of Pulses”, singing the praises of lentils, beans, and peas. Skip the old-fashioned tater chips and snack on lentil or black bean chips, like The Daily Crave Himalayan Pink Salt Lentil Chips, instead. Enjoy the extra protein boost – just be sure to keep an eye on that fat content.

healthy food trends in the us

6) ROASTED CHICKPEAS

If you’re loving the legume trend, keep rolling with chickpeas. Roasted and tossed with savory spices, they can be your healthy afternoon snack solution. Make your own or try a ready-to-eat option, like Saffron Road Bombay Spice Crunchy Chickpeas.

7) HUMMUS REIMAGINED

There’s no rule that humans can only be made with chickpeas, Market shelves will soon be filled with versions of this simple dip featuring other beans, including white beans, black beans, or yellow lentils, and edamame, like Eat Well Embrace Life Edamame Hummus. Or try a lighter veggie version, which slips sweet pureed carrots or beets into the mix.

8) FULL-FAT YOGURT

Fat is back, and very soon you’ll spot more of it in the yogurt case. Even the big-name brands are expanding beyond low and nonfat with whole milk offerings. Keep an eye out for superfood Greek yogurt with full fat and full flavor.

And there you have it, the top 8 healthy food trends in the US

Blog credits to FoodAsRX

 

 

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