Healthy Food Trends for 2016

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It may be early in the year – but 2016 already has a number of healthy dieting trends that might actually make a big difference in the way you eat. A heavy focus on vegetables and meatless meals, as well as a push for reducing food waste, has brought about the following trends that might work up your appetite in the New Year.

Lots of legumes

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Chickpeas, lentils, and beans (also known as pulses or legumes) are nothing new to the kitchen, but these foods are becoming more embraced by even the most carnivorous of eaters. These foods are great sources of plant protein, fiber, and a wealth of vitamins and minerals, and they are being used in innovative applications that can tantalize your taste buds. Chickpea pancakes, slow cooker lentils, and new spins on classic dishes like Chana Masala are all recipes you might try out to explore the trend of pulses.

Marvelous meal kits

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The meal kit trend is growing fast as meal services emerge throughout the country to provide just the right amount of ingredients for a meal that can be cooked right at home. Not only does this encourage anyone—even the worst cooks out there—to get into the kitchen, but it can cut back on food waste, which has inspired another trend of root-to-stem eating. With root-to-stem eating, you might notice more beet greens or carrot tops in restaurant dishes and in the produce section.

Versatile veggies

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The importance of eating enough fruits and vegetables is well-known, but for some people, reaching the right number of servings of vegetables is a challenge. If you just don’t like the taste of kale or you are trying to get fussy eaters to consume more veggies, you might get on board with spiral cut veggies like squash, beets, and sweet potatoes. The long slices can be flash cooked and tossed with any pasta sauce for a low-carb alternative that is likely to be a huge hit throughout 2016.

While food trends may come and go, healthy eating will never be out of style. Regardless of your current bill of health, making positive changes to your diet can have incredible long-term benefits, so don’t hesitate to try out some of the ideas above.