Jen @ Chase the Red Grape is helping me out this week and next week by doing a few guest posts about the health and fitness trends of 2014. Today she’ll be focusing on the food and drink trends and next week, she’ll be discussing fitness and lifestyle trends. It’s always interesting to see what’s popular at the moment, so lets take a look! Take it away, Jen!
My name is Jen and I blog over at Chase the Red Grape – combining all things food, health, fitness, CrossFit and fun!
I was so excited when Holly said that she would like me to Guest Post for her – EatGreatBEGreat is a fab friendly blog that I visit every day to catch up with what’s going on in Holly’s world!
Now that we are well into 2014, I thought I would take a look at what’s looking hot for the upcoming year in terms of health, fitness and lifestyle. (I must apologize if some of these trends have been around with you for a while. Here in Glasgow, Scotland we are a bit behind the times, but I try to keep up!)
Food and Drink Trends
Healthy Treat vs Nutrient Booster
First of all, if you are going down the juice route, make sure they are all natural, with no processed ingredients like sugar. Then take a look at what is in them. Need a natural sugar boost – go for a fruit based juice and think of it more as a healthy treat that’s not necessarily going to keep you full for long. Need some more nutrients/ post work out refuel? Then go for a green juice that’s vegetable based – this would always be my juice of choice, adding in some key vitamins and antioxidants.
Juice bars have yet to really take off here in Scotland but I hope they do – anything to get people having more fruit and veg in their diet has to be a good thing. Just make sure it’s natural! – Apparently there is also a trend for adding caffeine to it! Beware!
I love all things coconut and it seems like more and more products are coming on the market. Coconut oil, coconut flour and natural coconut flakes are all staples in my house (still rare to find but I seek them out). A prime example of a ‘healthy fat’ (see below) and with so many uses! Eating coconut gives you an abundance of vitamins and minerals and is an excellent source of fibre and potassium. They also help the body to absorb more calcium which, as we know, leads to strong teeth and bones and is excellent for maintaining healthy skin and hair. I know that my husband’s eczema has never been better since incorporating more coconut and healthy fats into his diet.
Check out THIS LINK for an excellent article on the benefits of coconut.
Chia seeds are full of omega 3’s, fibre, calcium and protein. They are also a great aid to digestion and are seen to be a great ‘energy booster’ – in fact in doing my research I found that many athletes swear by them!
And the best thing about them, they are so versatile and can be added to anything, just like you would any seed.
Expensive but I think I might give them a go! Their merits sure can’t be denied!
Fermented – kambocha, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, full fat Greek yoghurt etc.
As a follower of the paleo lifestyle, fermented foods definitely are a staple. We have sauerkraut in the house always and drink kambocha as a treat whenever we head to Whole Foods (really want to try making our own though!). Humans have been fermenting foods throughout history so it really isn’t a trend per se as it has always been there – I think in today’s society, getting back to basics with our foods, we have realised some of the benefits in this age old method of preserving food.
So why ferment? Fermented food and drinks are full of probiotics and these probiotics can protect our gut – in particular from bowl disease and gut cancers. They also improve general digestion, which in turn means that we can absorb more vitamins and minerals from the food we eat. Great!
Healthy Fats – Yay!
This is one I hope is here to stay. I love the fact that more people are realizing that the true danger in a diet is processed sugar rather than fats. Fats have been given a bad name for far too long – even the fact that we use the term ‘fat’ to describe someone as overweight shows our negativity to the word.
Now that people are starting to understand that all calories are not equal, that 200 calories of avocado are in fact better than 100 calories of potato chips, means that the hesitation is loosening.
Prime examples of healthy fats include:
-Nuts and seeds -Eggs
-Olive Oil -Coconut
-Fish -Grass fed meat and butter
Eat, enjoy and feel good!
(For more info on fats, take a look at Marks Daily Apple website)
What do you think about trends? Do you tend to follow them or avoid them?
What is your favorite healthy fat?
What is your favorite juicing combination?