A survey done by Today’s Dietitian was administered to over 500 Registered Dietitians to seek the top diet/food trends for 2015. Here are the anticipated trends and foods:
1. Kalettes (Brussels sprouts crossed with kale): Why not take 2 popular vegetables and make a hybrid? The flavor of kalettes is more subtle than that of Brussels sprouts, making it tasty raw or sautéed. It is recommended to roast or blanch this vegetable. I’m excited to try this veggie out!
2. Broccoflower (You guessed it, broccoli crossed with cauliflower): This vegetable is essentially cauliflower with a pale green tint. The flavor is similar to a cauliflower but slightly sweeter. You may have seen this at farmer’s markets and soon it will be popping up in local supermarkets. Pretty neat!
3. Superfoods: The survey revealed nuts and seeds will yet again be popular in 2015. Also, Kale will remain the “Queen of Greens.” Other superfoods such as Greek yogurt and avocados will stay trending as well.
4. Green tea: Dietitians ranked green tea as a popular beverage choice for 2015. Green tea contains polyphenols which work as antioxidants in the body to help protect it against damaging free radicals. For the difference between black and green tea follow this link: http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442450983&terms=green%20tea.
5. Low-fat will die down: While low carb will stick around, it is predicted low-fat will not be as popular in 2015.
6. GMO? Gluten free?: According to Today’s Dietitian, dietitians predicted that GMO-free, gluten-free, clean eating/clean ingredient list and organic will have more of an impact on consumer choices in the coming year. People who attempt a gluten free diet (who are not diagnosed with Celiac Disease or a gluten sensitivity) can possibly be stripping their diets of important nutrients such as fiber, iron, calcium, and zinc.
7. Grains: Half of dietitians agree that ancient grains, like amaranth, quinoa, spelt and freekah, will be a top trend in 2015. For information about Freekah, read my blog post at: http://tawniekroll.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/is-freekeh-the-new-quinoa/.
There are a few more nutrition trends dietitians voted on in the survey, I just feel these are some of the main ones. Dietitians are at the forefront of nutrition and health, so it makes sense to have had this survey done to forecast the future trends for the new year. I believe people are starting to become more health conscious and I am excited about it!
Have a safe & healthy weekend!