Change it up a little with these food trends.

    We studied the shelves and news reports, and found these food movements that many experts are getting behind. Give them a try? 


    1. Proats

    If you like your oats in the A.M., but want a protein boost to it, just add a scoop of protein powder and it becomes PROATS! Protein plays a powerful role in weight loss by helping you retain lean, fat-fighting muscle along the way. It’s also an easy way to get heart healthy fibre into your diet. You can make them overnight by adding hemp, flax or chia seeds to take the protein and nutrient content up further, or add sliced bananas or berries for that natural sugar boost. (Related: Pick up the protein jackpots the next time you’re in the market).


    2. Root-to-stem cooking

    The Specialty Food Association Trendspotter panel named this one of the top trends of 2018. This is the way to o to get more nutrients out of the produce you  buy and cut back on food waste. And, it fits in perfectly with three of the most consistently effective diets in the world: the DASH, the Mediterranean and the flexitarian diets. Simply put, the root-to-stem concept involves cooking with food scraps. You can cook them as they are or turn them into stocks or toppings. (Read also: 10 delicious ways to use food scraps).


    3. Figs

    If you’re looking for a new fruit to indulge in, reach for figs. We’re seeing it used in more recipes these days and they’re also showing up on more packaged foods in the supermarkets. They come with some serious health benefits, too. “Figs are known for their fibre, iron, calcium, and potassium, and it’s good for keeping blood sugar even, lowering cholesterol, and keeping digestion going smoothly,” says Maggie Moon, the author of the MIND Diet. You can get 20 per cent of your daily value fibre in just three to five small figs, she says. Each bite also boasts magnesium, polyphenols and antioxidants to power any training session. Fresh or dried, figs indulge your sweet tooth with satisfying, high fibre goodness. (Read: Top 5 nuts to lose belly fat).


    4. Nice cream

    Simply put, it’s ice cream made ‘nice’ by swapping milk, cream and refined sugar (while at it, read about how you can become sugar savvy) with alternatives like coconut cream, almond milk, creamy avocado, tofu, sugar with a touch of honey, or blended ripe fruit. (Related: Pros and cons of 4 common non-dairy).


    5. Cricket flour

    It’s crickets, roasted and ground into flour that you can use to replace almost any other type of refined powder. One reason they are gaining in popularity is that these insects are an excellent source of protein, with about as much as an equal serving of eggs. One hundred grams or about 3 1/2 ounces of crickets contains 121 calories, 5 grams (g) carbohydrates, 13g protein, and 76 milligrams iron.


    6. Fermented foods

    Miso, kimchi, pickles, all major favourites among us Asians. It’s good to know that these fermented foods are gaining a name in the health food industry, too. The BBC Good Food team listed them as a major food trend to watch in 2018. “The probiotics used in the fermentation process help your body digest what you’re eating and better absorbs its nutrients,” explains dietitian Torey Armul. Fermentation can also increase the levels of certain nutrients, like B Vitamins. And if you’re lactose intolerant, you may even be able to eat fermented dairy products. So start picking pickles, people!

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