With the new year comes new fads, and 2017 is no different. Here’s a closer look at why you should try out some of this year’s trends.
Eating Your Veggies
From pinterest to Michelin-starred restaurants to meatless butchers opening across the country, it’s clear that vegetarian meals are finally going mainstream. About a quarter of Americans are actively cutting down on their overall meat consumption and occasionally swapping in vegetarian meals, leading food makers to develop more meat-like alternatives that may have made vegans squirm. (The Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger bleed beet juice!) If a totally meat-free life sounds intimidating, go flexitarian and choose less meals with meat, poultry and fish; reach for vegetarian meals with a meaty flavor like lentil soup; or ease yourself in with partial substitutions. Add one part mushrooms or black beans to two parts beef for a meaty but more healthy burger.
Why we like this trend:
Americans simply aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables! Per the CDC in a recent study, 76% of adults did not eat the recommended 1 ½ - 2 cups of fruit per day, and 87% did not eat the recommended 2 - 3 cups of vegetables per day. Not only is a plant-based diet rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients but it contains fewer calories and fat, meaning vegetarians tend to eat fewer calories, weight less, and have a lower risk of heart disease. But it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Research shows that those who eat less meat have a 30 percent less chance of dying than their beef loving counterparts, so small changes can add up to a big impact. Need more convincing? Recent studies have found a boost in mood after just two weeks of eating more fruits and veggies!
Two of last years trends are still gaining momentum! Even more products are coming out featuring probiotics (chips and popcorn, anyone?). And with 50% of foods produced going to waste, it’s still trendy to find ways to cook parts of foods that usually get chucked in the trash and using nutritious but not-as-pretty ugly vegetables.