Looking to change up your summer health foods with some new food trends that are gaining momentum? Here are a few healthy options to look for in your supermarket or farmer’s market. Summer time is the perfect time to incorporate new fruits and vegetables into your menu—you never know which food could become your new favorite healthy staple.
This delicious leafy green is a nutritious combo of kale and Brussels sprouts. They’re a non- vegetable developed using traditional breeding techniques. They look likea mini cabbage with green frilly leaves and streaks of purple and can be sautéed, roasted, or eaten raw. These veggies are a good source of vitamins K, B6, C, and folate.
2. Grass-Fed Butter
It’s time to add butter back into your cooking and food preparation. Grass-fed butter is organic and comes from cows that are pasture-fed so it’s higher in nutrients than butter that comes from cows who eat certain feedstuffs to grow faster. Grass-fed butter contains vitamins K2, A, D, and E, as well as CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which helps protects against cancer and may aid in the reduction of belly fat. Add a pat or two to your veggies but make sure not to overdoit with the portions—it’s still a high-fat, high-calorie food.
This grain superfood might remind you of something you fed to pet birds, but sources in this Time.com food trends articlesay that millet could quite possibly become the next quinoa, because it’s “gluten-free, protein-rich, high fiber, and…has a superfood quality all of its own.” It’s a great source of magnesium, has heart-protecting qualities, and may lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. You can make millet like a porridge for breakfast, or add cooked millet to smoothies.
4. Green Peas
If the thought of peas conjures up frozen veggies that your mom made you eat as a kid, we’re betting you’ve never had fresh peas. These fresh summer legumes are a great way meat-free way to increase protein in your meals and recipes, while also adding vitamins and nutrients. The phytonutrients in these legumes have health-protective benefits (they may lower risk of stomach cancer), and a serving of green peas is high in vitamins K, B1, and manganese. Make a green pea salad with cooked peas and fresh mint, or add them to soups and stir-fries.
5. Sour Foods
Cucumbers aren’t the only healthyfoods being pickled. An article on Entreprener.com examined foods trends of 2015 and said that sour and pickled foods are all the rage. Beyond pickles and sauerkraut, the expertsmentioned the traditional Korean dish kimchi, an Asian vegetables fermented with probiotic lactic acid bacteria. Health bonus: Both sauerkraut and kimchi are rich in probiotics, which helps promote a healthy gut.Some other sour ingredients you might see more of that the food experts mentioned in the article are a pod-like fruit, tamarind, and pickled fruit-based Mexican sauce called “chamoy.”
6. Black Rice
For rice lovers who want to try a new whole grain, consider cooking with black rice.This sticky rice with a nutty flavor -sometimes called “forbidden rice”-contains health – promoting antioxidants called anthocyanins, at levels similar to those found in blueberries and blackberries.
7. Matcha Tea
Ramp up the antioxidant benefits of your iced tea by making iced matcha tea instead. This powdered tea is a special type of Japanese green tea that is higher in antioxidants than other forms of green tea and may help protect against certain kinds of cancer. Watch this clip from Teavana on how to prepare Iced Matcha Tea.
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- “Here Are the Only 6 Food Trends You Need to Know for 2015.” Time.com
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- “Health Benefits of Rice.” WholeGrainsCouncil.org