Try Something New in 2018: Check Out These Fantastic Food Trends | Denver YMCA

Try Something New in 2018: Check Out These Fantastic Food Trends

Try Something New in 2018: Check Out These Fantastic Food Trends

Happy New Year! It’s a time for fresh starts and new goals. While resolutions aren’t for everyone, the New Year does bring energy and inspiration for healthier eating.

To get off to a great start, try these top 10 trending superfoods, agreed upon by over 2,000 registered dietitians throughout the country.

  1. Fermented foods are full of probiotics or good bacteria, which can promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being, and improve digestive health. Look for kombucha, yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, and kimchi. 

  2. A superfood that continues to be a favorite is the avocado. Avocados contain a substantial amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. They are also packed with nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.

  3. Gradually incorporating small changes in your diet is a great way to improve nutrition. You can do this easily by adding a small pinch of seeds to a smoothie, salad, or entree. Just one ounce of chia seeds has almost 11 grams of fiber, and an ounce of hulled sunflower seeds contains 10 milligrams of vitamin E – two-thirds of the recommended daily intake!

  4. Nuts are full of fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, they can help reduce “bad” cholesterol and blood cholesterol. Look for unsalted nuts or nut butters, such as almond butter or “sun butters” made with sunflower seeds.

  5. Another yearly favorite is green tea, which packs a powerhouse of antioxidants. It also keeps blood vessels healthy and keeps blood sugar levels stable in people with diabetes.

  6. A new old trend is ancient grains, which basically means all whole grains. Whole grains date back to the beginnings of time, unlike modern processed wheat and flour, which are not as good for you. Ancient grains are high in vitamins, protein, fiber, and iron. Look for millet, teff, amaranth, buckwheat, and quinoa.

  7. High in fiber and nutrients, kale has been popular for a long time. But 2018 is a great time to experiment with a new variety. Try curly kale, dino kale, premier kale, or Siberian kale. They all have different textures and flavors.

  8. While you’re trying something new, also check out the exotic fruits in the produce aisle. Prickly pears have more magnesium than oranges, apples, and pears combined. Longans look like brownish colored grapes and have 140% of the daily recommended dose of vitamin C. See what else you can discover!

  9. While coconut is high in saturated fat, is also increases HDL cholesterol or the “good” cholesterol. Look for coconut products such as milk, flour, yogurt, and oil for cooking.

  10. Finally, salmon continues to be a healthy favorite. It is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which keep the heart healthy and protect blood vessels. Make sure to choose wild, sustainably-resourced fish.

Experimenting with new foods and flavors can be a great way to start your 2018. Try these nutrient-packed foods and get creative in the kitchen. For more ideas on meal planning and healthy eating, contact the nutrition professionals at the YMCA.