7 Health Food Trends for 2014

by in Food News, January 3, 2014

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What new health food trends are on the horizon? Which ingredients will be in health food stores everywhere? And what will restaurant menus be peddling? Here’s the scoop for 2014.

Cauliflower is the Next Kale
Cauliflower is taking a page from the kale playbook and stepping up its game. As with its leafy green buddy, culinary enthusiasts are finding new and exciting ways to use the nutrient-dense veggie.

Local and Sustainable (Again)
According to the National Restaurant Association’s 2014 Culinary Forecast, local is big (or would that be bigger?) in 2014. Locally sourced meats and seafood and locally grown produce top the list.

Smaller Portions, Smaller Price
Just sneaking into the top 20 of the National Restaurant Association’s list of trends is a call for portion control. Consumers are looking for less, and whether it’s about budgets or waste, smaller portions are a better idea for patrons’ waistlines.

Breakfast Goes High-Protein
A survey conducted by ConAgra Foods found that 82 percent of those who eat breakfast do so at home. Topping the list of preferred choices: high-protein options like Greek yogurt and eggs.

Homemade Soda
Forget about sugary cans and vending machine bottles. Thanks to bubble-injecting devices like SodaStream, those crazy about carbonation are mixing their own concoctions with everything from fruit juice to alcohol to herbal tea. More homemade sodas, including cocktails for the grown-ups and treats for the kids, are in style for the year ahead.

Allergen-Friendly Nation
The gluten-free craze has meant an increased awareness of all types of food sensitivities and allergies, making it a bit easier for those who suffer from them to navigate various food choices at restaurants and grocery stores.

Chili
According to Google, the most searched recipe of 2013 was (drum roll , please) … chili! Classic comfort foods will always be trendy. There are plenty of ways to lighten up this hearty classic in the New Year.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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  2. saso77 says:

    I would also add – Intake antioxidants. During digestion, the body releases molecules called free radicals. Smoking cigarettes and radiation also produce free radicals. Over time, the damage caused by these molecules can lead to infection, cancer, heart disease, etc.. That's where antioxidants are coming. They cleanse the body of harmful free radicals. Eat foods rich in antioxidants to be healthy. Interestingly, even coffee and chocolate contain these beneficial substances.

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  4. organic box says:

    I LOVE cauliflower! I'll have to make sure to order it for delivery from my organic food store online!

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