Our top 5 healthy food trends for 2019

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Kick off 2019 with our take on the year’s top 5 healthy food trends

 

If you’re like us, eating well is top of your list for this year.  We always find that it’s tempting to grab something less than ideal when we’re rushing around doing life.  That’s why we’re super excited that this list includes plenty of ideas for simple, nutritious food on the go for all the family.

 

Not only are our take on predicted food trends for 2019 healthy and delicious, most of them are also incredibly easy to prepare.

 

Throw in some natural superfoods, and lists don’t get much better than this!

 

Trend 1:  Fats are back.

Sure, eating too much of the wrong sorts of fat may be detrimental to our health.  But in recent years, our fear of fats has evolved into an understanding that we need a certain amount of ‘good’ fat to function. 

 

What’s good fat?  Mostly, it’s those unsaturated fats that are high in Omega 3’s, which support heart health and healthy cholesterol levels.   Here are a few to get your started:

 

  • Nuts - a healthy snack containing fibre, magnesium, vitamin E and a great source of Omega 3. Add a handful to smoothies, oats, yogurts, salads and baking for that extra health hit.
  • Olive Oil – the antioxidants in olive oil make it ideal for healthy dressings, cooking and baking.
  • Avocado - with around 20 different nutrients in one avocado, this is a true superfood, and one which is easily added to smoothies, juices, salads, desserts, or as an everyday snack.
  • Chia seeds –one of the healthiest foods in the world, packed with Omega 3.  Smoothies and juices, salads, oats and yogurts all benefit from the addition of a few teaspoons of chia.
  • Fish – High in Omega 3 fatty acids, fish such as salmon or sardines all help maintain a healthy heart.

 

Trend 2: Functional foods

Food is essential for our basic nutrition, obviously, but it can also play a vital role in maintaining health and reducing the risk of disease.   

 

Functional foods are often higher in fibre as well, for added benefits.

 

Try building these functional foods into your diet each day:

  • Fruit – Bananas, oranges, apples, mangoes, strawberries and raspberries
  • Vegetables – Carrots, beets, potatoes, kale, spinach and broccoli - try keeping the skin on things like potatoes – this is where lots of the good stuff is
  • Bread and grains – Brown rice, wholemeal, wheat or dark rye breads
  • Nuts and seeds – Almonds, pistachios, sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  • Oats – Oats are a healthy carb, which can help maintain a good cholesterol level
  • Manuka honey – Honey contains a lot of digestive enzymes, proteins, minerals, and antioxidants, easily added to smoothies and juices, breakfast dishes, teas, and in salad dressings.

 

 

Trend 3: Eating at home

Dining out is so last year, darling, and with the sharp rise in healthy, delivered meal kits and on-trend cooking shows, cooking and eating at home has never been easier.

 

With increasing food, petrol and living expenses, combined with the rise of Netflix and other at home entertainment, people are once again cooking at home rather than forking out for an expensive dinner out or high-calorie fast-food.

 

Eating at home not only has benefits for the wallet, but you can get creative and experiment with your family.  How about a game of MasterChef in your own kitchen?  Make the menu as simple as possible, and the kids are bound to get their hands dirty helping create a masterpiece!

 

Trend 4: Grab and Go

Where is this year going?  Life flies by, we all know that.  As the year gets underway, kids are back in school, work is in full flow and time is beginning to get scarce again.  This is the time when the best intentions go out the window and ‘whatever works’ takes over.  We’ve snuck in a few ‘grab & go’ tip and recipes for you below:

 

 

  • Mid-morning snacks keep us going, but it’s when the sugar sneaks in that we start going downhill.  This is a good time for energy balls, banana or berry muffins, smoothies, or for something special, treat yourself to a cafe-style breakfast bowl

 

  • Quick afternoon snacks to fill that 3pm low include yogurt, nut mixes, homemade popcorn, raw vegetable sticks, fruit, and hummus or yogurt dips.

 

  • Steer clear of those artificial foods, and instead opt for choices that are made with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

 

 

Trend 5: Frozen treats

Frozen treats are a go-to treat any time of the year.  Whether you’re in the height of summer, or sitting in front of a cosy winter fire, there is nothing better than a freezer stacked with delicious, homemade treats.

 

Some of our favourites are ‘nice creams,’ an alternative to ice cream using ingredients such as bananas, peanut butter and milk.  And check out these yogurt-based popsicles– sure to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth cravings!

 

 

An icy-cold frozen treat is our favourite go-to healthy snack when it’s hot.  What’s your plan for healthy snacking this summer?  We’d love to hear from you – share your ideas and recipes on our Facebook page.

 

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