Five Food Trends To keep

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Food trends come and go, but some deserve to stick around: the following 2014 food trends provided valuable lessons for dieters, and deserve a lasting seat at the table.

 

Passing on the Bread

 

Not everyone needs to go Gluten-Free: Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance affects a very small portion of the population; however, the vast majority of us do eat far too many grains and carbohydrates, and reducing that intake can be beneficial.

 

A CDC dietary survey found that the average American consumes about 550 more Calories today than the average American in 1970, and that the majority of that influx has come from carbohydrate and grain-based sources.

 

Keep the food trends going in 2015: The average adult needs no more than 6 serving of grain each day. One serving is about 100 Calories, or 1 slice of bread, ½ cup pasta or rice after cooking, or ½ of a medium tortilla.

 

Replace any unnecessary grains with non starchy vegetables to improve nutritional status and thwart hunger.

 

Social Eating

 

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Sure, instagram feeds of every bite taken by friends and family can get tiresome, but social accountability is a great tool for dieters.

 

At its best, social media and social support can provide motivation, showing dieters what changes have helped family and friends succeed in losing or maintaining weight.

 

Keep the food trends going in 2015: Whether you post to social media or a private account, taking photos of meals or keeping a food diary can help you track your food intake and recognize trends that may be preventing your success.

 

The Rise of the Unpopular Vegetable

 

Vegetables will never upstage pizza, burritos, or burgers, but they’re a lot more waist-friendly, and far more underconsumed. But surprisingly, one of the biggest food trends of 2014 was….a vegetable? And not just any vegetable- Kale.

 

Kale saw unmatched popularity this year despite it’s rough leaves and bitter flavor. Kale might not have solved the obesity crisis, but it got a lot more people to take another look at vegetables.

 

Keep the food trends going in 2015: Be creative! Try a new veggie or a new method of preparation each week to increase your produce intake and reduce Caloric intake.

 

Going Greek

 

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Yogurt (especially greek yogurt) is a huge step up from high carbohydrate breakfast cereals, bagels, and granola bars.

 

High protein breakfasts stave off hunger and keep you fuller than high carbohydrate options, preventing any unnecessary snacking.

 

Yogurt also contains probiotics, microorganisms that improve gastrointestinal health and immunity.

 

Keep the food trends going in 2015: Not a fan of the greek trend? Although many people find plain greek yogurt unpalatable, flavored low-sugar varieties offer the same health benefits and a more favorable taste experience. Yogurt can also served as a blank canvas for fruit, nuts, or other healthy toppings.

 

Less Of The Bad Stuff, More Of The Good

 

Whether it was Paleo dieting or “Clean Eating”, consumers were taken with a more natural, wholesome way of eating in 2014.

 

Looking for a simple, feel-good alternative to complicated and ineffective fad diets, dieters tossed packaged snacks and prepared foods, turning to whole vegetables, lean meats, and other basic nutritional powerhouses that had long been edged off of dinner plates by heaps of spaghetti or other high Calorie, high Carb interlopers.

 

Keep the food trends going in 2015: Going full-on Paleo isn’t necessary; the Paleo diet instructs dieters to forgo certain food groups (dairy, beans and legumes) that have not proven to be dietary issues, save for those with intolerances.

 

However, a clean eating plan does encourage you to recognize how many junky items can creep into our diets without our awareness.

 

Even small Paleo-style changes can help improve your diet: Replacing just two servings of grain each day with a veggie alternative can cut 200 Calories from your diet (subbing a lettuce wrap for two slices of bread, or julienned zucchini for 1 cup of noodles), putting you on track to lose 1 pound every 2.5 weeks, or 20 lbs in a year.

 

 

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