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Hot Food Trends for 2015

8 Jan

Hot Food Trends for 2015

More than 20,000 new food and beverage items hit US grocery store shelves every year.

But what is going to be hot in 2015?

Here’s a round up of some of my favorite food trends for the New Year:

Thins are In

  • Consumers want more creative ways to control calories – and they’re thinning out their foods to prove it. Everything from sandwich bread to brownies is getting a thintastic makeover to satisfy cravings without overindulging.
  • I am loving Nonni’s THINAddictives almond thins for a satisfying 100-calorie snack made with real California almonds and fruit. The individual portion packaging makes this a great snack on the go, without going overboard! They come in 5 fabulous flavors, and you can find them at a local retailer near you.

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Big Bold Flavors

  • 90% of Americans eat at least 1 snack per day. In 2015, sweet is out and savory is in. Look to flavoring your foods with herbs and spices instead of sugar and sweets.
  • KIND Healthy Snacks recently introduced their KIND & Strong line of snacks, their first entree into the world of savory snacks. I love the Honey Smoked BBQ KIND & Strong bar, packed with tons of flavor and 10 grams of whey and soy-free protein. These guys are chock full of ingredients you can see and pronounce,  they’re gluten free, and like all KIND products, non-GMO too.

 

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Sprouted Grains

  • Whole grains are good, but sprouted whole grains are even better! This year sprouted grains are picking up steam and coming to a store near you!
  • Sprouted grains help block anti-nutrients and may help your body to absorb more valuable minerals and nutrients like calcium and iron.
  • Way Better Snacks has a line of sprouted grain, bean, and seed chips that are sure to satisfy in the New Year. My favorite are the Way Better Snacks Black Bean sprouted grain chips, which have 3 grams of fiber to keep me going throughout the day.

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Potatoes are on the Prowl

  • A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition demonstrates that people can eat potatoes and still lose weight. This is great news for those who want to incorporate their favorite foods, but keep it within a calorie budget.
  • One medium-sized, skin on potato has 110 calories, more potassium than a banana, and almost half your daily value for vitamin C. On top of that, potatoes are fat free, cholesterol free, have no sugar and 3 grams of fiber to boot!
  • Check out this awesome Roasted Potato Fries with Avocado Aioli recipe, with under 150 calories and just 5 grams of fat per serving. For more recipes featuring the nutritionally powerful potato, visit www.potatogoodness.com.

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To learn more about food trends in 2015, check out my segment from Good Morning San Diego this week.

Sponsored Post Disclosure: I was compensated for product mention in this post & TV segment – thoughts & opinions are my own.

Next Generation Nutrition: The New Superfoods

27 Oct

Next Generation Nutrition: The New Superfoods

Superfoods get a lot of love. But there’s actually no legal or medical definition for the term superfood.

When a food wins the tagline “superfood” – it generally contains high levels of antioxidants or other nutrients.

If you think about it, all fruits and vegetables are especially “super” – given that they contain dietary fiber and other important vitamins and minerals.

But if you love healthy, high fiber foods and you’re looking to spiff up your superfood arsenal, check out these 5 new super foods you need to know about:

Amaranth

It’s time to cool it on the quinoa! Amaranth is an awesome, gluten free grain that has more essential amino acids than any other plant food:

  • Amaranth is the only grain with vitamin C
  • You can prepare amaranth as a hot cereal grain or combine into starch dishes as you would quinoa or barley
  • If you want a killer way to incorporate more amaranth, check out KIND Healthy Grains – a granola mix with 5 super grains, including amaranth

Super Seeds

If you’re tired of flax on your cereal and in your smoothies, check out these new super seeds:

  • Chia Seed: made from the same stuff as chia pets, chia seeds are high in fiber and help you feel fuller for longer
  • For an on-the-go chia solution, check out Chia Slims stick packs from Chosen Foods – simply add a Chia stick pack to 16 oz of water for 12% of your daily value for fiber
  • Daikon Radish & Broccoli Seeds: your favorite vegetables are now available in seed form, packed with antioxidants and great flavor too
  • Way Better Snacks’ Simply So Sweet Chili and Simply Unbeatable Blues tortilla chips contain sprouted daikon radish and broccoli seeds; sprouting increases digestibility and antioxidant content in these gluten-free and non-GMO corn torilla chips

Beet Juice

The green juice revolution is so passe! Red juice is now where it’s at!

  • Beet juice is an incredibly nutrient dense superfood with the proven capacity to boost energy for exercise and improve blood flow and blood pressure

Avocado Oil

Everyone knows olive oil is a heart healthy fat. But avocado oil is coming up strong as an alternate!

  • The majority of the fats in avocado oil are heart healthy mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids
  • The high smoke point of avocado oil makes it a versatile tool in your kitchen

For more tips on becoming super food savvy, check out my segment clip from Good Morning San Diego.

Tricked Out Tortellini from Buitoni

6 Oct

Tricked Out Tortellini from Buitoni

Prepackaged pastas aren’t usually much to write about.

But the Whole Wheat Three Cheese Tortellini from Buitoni is a fabulous fiber find with flavor to boot.

The first ingredient – whole durum wheat – is a whole grain responsible for the 6g fiber per serving. Durum wheat is the hardest of all wheats, is high in protein, and is used to make pasta.

I found the Buitoni WW pasta product in the refrigerated aisle at Target. A 9 oz package (2 1/2 servings) runs you $3.99 and nets:

  • 300 calories
  • 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat)
  • 500 mg sodium
  • 6 g fiber
  • 16 g protein

Like all packaged foods, this tortellini is higher in sodium than a homemade whole foods version would be. However, if you’re not into making your own whole wheat pasta, then this is a pretty delicious alternative…if you can keep from eating the whole package in one sitting!

Gluten Free Grains, Guilt Free

1 Jul

Gluten Free Grains, Guilt Free

I’ve only been gluten free for a week, but I’m already really annoying,” declares the cartoon caption from a recent New Yorker magazine.

Almost as trendy as eating gluten free is the trend of writing about how gluten free diets aren’t healthy. And the gluten free bandwagon certainly has been taking a beating lately in the mainstream media.

Just last week as part of its How We Eat series, even the Wall Street Journal featured an article on the gluten free craze, questioning whether it is healthy.

Well, for the 3 million Americans with celiac disease (about 1 in 100 citizens), a gluten free lifestyle is the only therapeutic option out there for beating this autoimmune disease.

But going gluten free doesn’t mean you have to ditch all of the great grains that make up a nutritious diet.

Here are 5 great grains that you might not have known are gluten free:

1.) Corn

Whole, dried corn is a whole grain and the most widely grown crop in the Americas. Research from Cornell shows that corn has the highest amount of antioxidants of any fruits or vegetable.

2.) Brown Rice

When it comes to rice, brown is better. One study from the Harvard School of Public Health showed that people who ate white rice had a higher risk of type 2 diabetes than people who ate brown rice.

3.) Oats

Oats are gluten free, but they are often contaminated with wheat during growing or processing. Look for oat products that contain pure, uncontaminated oats and that are in foods certified as gluten free.

4.) Quinoa

Technically a seed, this superfood is high in protein and fiber, and its flour makes a great base for gluten free pizzas, breads, and rolls.

5.) Buckwheat

This high fiber rain can be made into pancakes, waffles, and crepes. It has been shown to act as a prebiotic, meaning that it also has the potential to aid in digestion for certain people.

For more information on gluten free grains, check out my segment on Channel 7 NBC San Diego.

Poop Samples Prove Neanderthals were Fiber Fans

26 Jun

Poop Samples Prove Neanderthals were Fiber Fans

Scientists taking a careful look at the oldest humans’ fecal samples have found evidence that the Neanderthal diet contained a “significant” amount of vegetation.

The findings, published this week in the journal PLOS One, challenge the long-held idea that Neanderthals ate primarily meat and ignored plant foods.

In this study, researchers looked at fecal biomarkers of plant intake such as plant stanols and sterols. They found that although our ancestors were primarily meat eaters, there was definitely some roughage in their diet too.

Previous studies have examined teeth remnants to determine the “hardness” (i.e., fibrous) content of prehistoric diets.

So the next time a paleo-pushing diet fanatic tells you to swear off certain plant foods – tell them, poop samples prove that cavemen love fiber too!