Every year in January articles are released from publications all over the world citing food trends to watch for the upcoming year. These food trend lists cover a variety of topics including technology, sustainability and health. Here are the 6 trends that I think are the ones to watch closely.
1. Sustainability- Sustainability was named the most important trend to watch in 2017. Statistics show that a single person in the United States will consume roughly 1996lb (about 1 ton) of food per year. Because of this, younger generations (millennials and generation Z) are more concerned about where their foods are coming from and are taking more time to prepare foods using quality ingredients. To participate in this trend, shop locally and seasonally. Check out the Winter Market at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds every other Saturday this winter and spring.
2. Turmeric- Turmeric, particularly turmeric lattes, is a huge trend for 2017. Usually I don’t hop on board with individual food trends, I believe a well-balanced diet is the way to go, but this is a trend that I don’t mind getting behind. Turmeric has numerous health benefits; inti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties, to name a few. Turmeric also activates serotonin, the “happiness” hormone. Turmeric daily can also improve memories for those who are at risk for cognitive impairment. See below for a recipe for a healthy turmeric latte.
3. Ugly Produce- This trend kind of hops on the back of the sustainability trend. Younger people are becoming more aware of the impact their food choices have on the environment. Ugly produce are the fruits and vegetables that aren’t pretty enough to make it to supermarket shelves and usually end up in the trash. With acceptance of ugly produce, we promote sustainability and avoid excess food waste.
4. Stem to Root Cooking- A lot of these food trends in 2017 overlap, with one of the bigger themes being avoiding/limiting food waste. Home cooksFo and chefs alike are not only using the pretty parts of fruits and vegetables, but are using the by-products of those foods to make flavorful additions to dishes. Try this trend out by sautéing up beet greens and stems into a stir fry, or by using the left-over juice from a can of chickpeas as a vegan egg replacer!
5. Bean and Legume Pasta- 2015 and 2016 were the years of vegetable noodles- noodles made from spiralized vegetables such as zucchini, sweet potato, carrots, beets, etc. This year we will see noodles made from bean and legumes. These noodles are made entirely from beans and legumes and are great sources of protein and fiber. Check out the Black Bean Rotini from Trader Joes! http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/organic-black-bean-rotini
6. Plant-Based, Whole Foods- This is trend that we here at Rochester Clinic have been promoting for years. This trend addresses both the sustainability and food waste issues in the sense that it focuses on eating more foods that are grown rather than processed foods and animal products. The main source of protein comes from plant based sources such as beans, legumes and soy.
Tumeric Latte Recipe
· 1 cup unsweetened almond, soy or other plant based milk
· ½ tsp ground turmeric
· ½ tsp ground ginger
· ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
· ¼ tsp vanilla extract
· 2 tsp maple syrup (adjust to your liking)
1. Pour the milk into a saucepan and cook over high heat until hot, do not bring to a boil.
2. Remove from heat and add the remaining ingredients. Stir and taste the milk, add more milk, turmeric, cinnamon, or ginger if needed.
3. You can blend the hot milk or froth for more texture if desired.
What food trends are you excited about for 2017?
Healthcare costs in the U.S. are on the rise. It is estimated that 70-80% of healthcare costs are due to chronic disease, and the main reason for a trip to the doctor.
Exactly what is chronic disease and what can you do about it? Chronic diseases are conditions that cannot be prevented or cured by vaccinations or medications, nor do they go away on their own.
Common chronic diseases:
● Elevated cholesterol
● Type 2 diabetes
● Coronary heart disease
● High blood pressure
However, living significantly longer and increasing quality of life is a reality, even for those with these chronic diseases. Modifications in lifestyle will lessen and potentially eliminate chronic conditions, and therefore increase quality of life and reduce medical expenses. You have the power to take charge of your health. This is lifestyle medicine.
Lifestyle modifications include:
● Plant-based, whole food diet and nutrition
● Physical activity
● Stress reduction
● Family/social support network
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We are happy to answer your questions and get you on your way to a healthy life!
Whether you’ve fully adopted a plant-based diet or are simply dipping your toes in the water, there’s no doubt that wholesome food is at the center of one’s wellbeing.
Here we’ve rounded up five of our favorite cookbooks that are chock full of nourishing recipes and nutrition tips that are sure to assist in your healthy eating goals:
1. Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook
If you watched the Forks Over Knives documentary (read more about it here , along with the rest of our top documentary picks), you know what FOK is all about – the concept that degenerative diseases afflicting so much of the U.S. today can be controlled and even reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. This cookbook features 300+ plant-based recipes which place fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes in the lime light.
2. The China Study Cookbook: Over 120 Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes
This cookbook came to fruition thanks to The China Study; a book touting one of the most comprehensive nutrition studies ever conducted which reveals that a plant-based diet leads to optimal health and can halt or even reverse many diseases. The China Study Cookbook shares 120+ plant-based, nutrient-dense recipes that promote optimal health.
3. The PlantPure Nation Cookbook: The Official Companion Cookbook to the Breakthrough Film
PlantPure Nation, yet another noteworthy documentary created by the same producers as Forks Over Knives, provides this trusty companion cookbook boasting 150+ plant-centric recipes. It’s also filled with tips, tricks, and grocery lists for people interested in a whole food, plant-based diet.
4. Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes
Inspire healthful, plant-based eating among the whole family with this must-have cookbook from Dreena Burton. From delicious school lunches to appetizing on-the-go snacks, this book supplies more than 100 kid-tested and approved recipes and serves as an excellent reference for parents raising young ones on a whole food, vegan diet.
5. Crazy Sexy Kitchen
Don’t let the risqué title of this one deter you. Author and cancer survivor Kris Carr attributes her triumph over cancer to her lifestyle changes, most especially her diet. After embracing a diet made up of whole, plant-based foods, she soon discovered the transformative power of nutrition and felt better than she ever had. This cookbook offers 150+ recipes that includes everything from fresh-pressed juices to delectable desserts.
Also recommended: Oh She Glows, Minimalist Baker, But I Could Never Go Vegan
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