Trying out new and eccentric food for staying fit and healthy is the norm of 2019. People have skipped the traditional means of getting nutrients and antioxidants from dietary supplements and are going after more fresh and organic products for a nutrient jam-packed diet. Here are some of the top healthiest food trends of 2019 that people are mixing with their daily foods.
Food Trends 2019- One: Mushroom
Mushrooms are becoming more functional this year than just a vegetable. Different kinds of mushrooms such as reishi, Cordyceps, lion’s mane are being incorporated in dietary supplements due to their health benefits such as being therapeutic for high blood pressure, arthritis and inflammation due to cancer. These supplements are being used in different beverages e.g., teas, coffees, smoothies for an added nutrition, flavor and creamy texture. The Blenditarian movement combines minced meat with crushed mushrooms for a more healthy and low-calorie burger and gained much popularity among restaurants and consumers this year.
Food Trends 2019- Two: Seaweed
Edible seaweed is no longer just a part of Asian cuisines. Western countries are incorporating different kinds of edible seaweeds in their diets due to their high content of fiber and many other important nutrients. From schools to fine-dining restaurants, people are using seaweed in their salads, soups, pasta, and even their kids’ snacks. Nori seaweed; enriched in beta-carotene, dulse seaweed; a great source of iodine, potassium and iron, kombu seaweed; enriched with iron and requires less cooking salt in foods, are some of the few examples of the high nutritional values of seaweed.
Food Trends 2019- Three: Chia seeds
Chia seeds have been around for years but have recently become the popular superfood in the nuts and seeds family. They are a great source of protein, minerals, and vitamins, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids. They are packed with alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a natural acid found in foods for keeping your heart healthy, and the highest antioxidant content compared to other whole foods. One tablespoon of chia seeds contains 2 grams protein, 4 grams fiber and 1.75 grams ALA. They have a light, easily-liquid-absorbing texture and can be used in oats, pancakes, smoothies, puddings etc.
Food Trends 2019- Four: Super powders
Super powders are gradually taking over the health food industry for a quick health fix that our diet needs. These are not just your regular protein powders for building muscle mass. These super powders comprise of powdered roots, plants, and spices for providing proteins, nutrients, and energy to fulfill our daily nutrient intake. They can be mixed in our daily food, beverages and even coffee for boosting up our health. Previously consumed as a tea, Matcha is now being used in health drinks, savory foods and even desserts for its health properties associated with increased metabolism and relieved stress. Spirulina is a high source of iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B12, amino acids and is said to aid for a stronger immune system. Ground turmeric, cacao, and maca are also used as super powders.
Food Trends 2019- Five: Sparkling water
Most physicians and nutritionists recommend drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day. But after 4 glasses of plain water, it gets boring and we switch to some unhealthy packaged juice or soda. But the health food industry has solved this problem for us by adding all the essential vitamins and minerals of fruits into the water, without any extra sugar and calories. Consumers hailed on these products with open arms and numerous people can be seen chugging down a bottle of sparkling water while making a run or sitting in the office. LaCroix. Perrier and Spindrift Sparkling Water are some of the major businesses that are changing water and soda drinking habits of people.