Body Fuel: 2015 Nutrition Trends

Taking a quick look at the Nutrition Trends for 2015.

Many Americans strive daily to take extra steps to ensure their health and well-being. If Austin, Texas, “America’s Fittest City”, is a representative sample of fitness habits around the USA, then nutrition trends show a shift in eating habits that will focus on partaking of food that can fuel the body.

In 2012, McCormick and Schwartz (well-known sellers of herbs and spices in the U.S. and the U.K.) released an 8-page report which stated that people would be moving towards honoring their roots; and their eating or dining habits would reflect a celebration of the origins of one’s own ethnic cuisine.

That was the forecast in 2012. Per Tori Jarzabkowski, who writes for Austin Fit Magazine, the nutrition trends for 2015 are in a direction just a tad bit different from eating the meals prepared by momma and grandma. This year (2015) there are five specific foods (listed below) that are “what’s hot in the food and nutrition world”. Austin, Texas USA, boasts a very health-conscious community of citizens. Gyms are everywhere. People are into running, jogging, walking, biking, eating organic or whole foods, shopping at stores that specialize in homeopathic products, visiting the local alternative medicine practitioners for health check-ups, etc. If the Austin-ites perused the McCormick/Schwartz Flavor Forecast Report, they must have extracted some of the information and slightly modified it so that the 2015 trends celebrate world cuisines by partaking of the ethnic foods that fuel the body.  (NOTE:  McCormick has since that time released the Top Flavors and Trends for 2015.  Just an FYI.)

(1) Matcha Tea

Are you of Japanese heritage? The people of Japan have been enjoying this green tea since the 12 century. It was served as part of the traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. Not sure if they knew it was a super-food. If they did, they were way ahead of us.

(2) Bone Broth

Broth made from animal bones is loaded with nutrients. Bone broth improves immunity and has a host of other health benefits. Guess what? That’s old news. My parents and my husband’s parents always ate all the food on their plate, usually saved the meat serving for last, and when the meat was gone, they went after the bones. Sucked those bones dry! Like it was a religion. My dad and my husband’s parents are from The Bahamas. My mother’s roots are part African-American, part Native American, Cherokee.

Kimchi Chronicles(3) Fermented Foods

Everybody watches or has heard of that popular food show “Kimchi Chronicles”. Right? Well if you didn’t know, you know now. Kimchi is a fermented food of Korean origin. Sauerkraut or “sour cabbage” is also a fermented food: German origin. Kombucha is a fermented drink, believed to have originated in China. They are good for healthy intestines and more.

SPOTLIGHTClara Myers publishes Health and Wellness articles here at Writedge.com. In two of her posts she presents a thorough discussion on why we should eat fermented foods, and whether we should ferment our own food. Ms. Myers’ expertise in the area of holistic health.

(4) Coconut Sugar

It must be coconut harvesting time. The coconut is being praised for everything! Coconut water. Coconut oil. Coconut jelly. Coconut fruit. Now there’s coconut sugar. There is no need to sell me on coconut. Grew up in South Florida and we had a tree in our backyard. My brother used the climb the tree and throw down two or three coconuts. We’d whack them open and eat our fill. One year a hurricane knocked down the tree and my life has never been the same. Didn’t realize there were so many good reasons why we were supposed to be eating coconuts.

(5) Seaweed Snacks

Last on the list for foods that fuel the body is seaweed. Seaweed is being touted as the “kale of the sea”. It’s the new quinoa. It’s green!! The rule is: the darker the green, the better! This particular food is not exactly the tastiest (my opinion) but after experimenting with flavors ranging from wasabi to coconut, check your grocery shelves for seaweed chips. It will be the healthy alternative snack to potato chips.

 

Gleaned a lot from reviewing the #AFMbestof article. Hope you liked my rehash. 🙂
 

  • REFERENCE: Jarzabkowski, Tori. “Nutrition Trends for 2015.” Austin Fit Magazine: Best of 2014 Issue Jan. 2015: 22-23. Print. AFM Issue #207. Est. 1997. Official website: http://www.austinfitmagazine.com/

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