The 9 Biggest Nutrition Trends of 2015
"Be on the lookout for spices and the use of herbs in interesting ways. Turmeric is one of my favorite spices to utilize in both sweet and savory dishes for its earthy flavor and amazing anti-inflammatory benefits. Try out my popular Turmeric Milk, Turmeric Persimmon Porridge, or Turmeric Tea!"
—McKel Hill, R.D.,
"I've been hearing all sorts of chatter about bone broth. It's been super popular in the Paleo world for years, but it's now gaining popularity as it's being sold at coffee shops and the like. I think there will be a lot more nutrition-seekers than calorie-counters in 2015." (We've got 8 Reasons To Try Bone Broth.)
Butter & Coconut Butter
"Bulletproof coffee anyone? Fewer and fewer people fear fat in their diets, and I think butter on and in everything will be a big trend next year! Similar to butter, flavored coconut butter provides healthy fats, which will be working their way into everyone's diets!"
Cauliflower Is the New Kale
"A fellow cruciferous veggie with equally strong cancer-fighting properties, cauliflower is the superfood for 2015. You can roast it, sauté it with spices, or even puree it and sneak it into less healthy foods like mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, pizza, and mac & cheese to amp up the health factor for those dishes!" (Try these amazing Cauliflower Steaks with Lemon Herb Sauce.)
"Organic dairy was all the rage this year, but grass-fed/pasture-raised dairy will add another layer to food choices in 2015. The ideal, healthiest dairy is now organic, non-GMO, grass-fed, and pasture-raised."
"Tigernuts, a flavorful, earthy root vegetable that originates from Spain, will become a widespread snack and ingredient for baking. Tigernut milk will become a popular alternative to those who are lactose and nut intolerant." (Try this recipe for Gluten-Free Chocolate Maca Pancakes with Tigernuts.)
Superfood Smoothie Bowl Parties
"I've been holding acai bowl parties for a while, and during last few months I hear more and more about them from others. Smoothie bowl parties will replace wine parties in the world of health conscious, yoga-loving 20- and 30-somethings."
"I predict that spiralizing (cutting vegetables into strings) will reach new levels in popularity. Most importantly, more than just zucchini pasta will be made (which is the most popular spiralized dish currently)- other seasonal vegetables will be spiralized, such as beets, butternut squash, turnips and sweet potatoes. Also, I expect restaurants to use spiralized vegetables and fruits on their menus- not just as sides or garnishes, but as main courses and filling appetizers."
"I teach a lot of cooking classes in Los Angeles, and more and more of my students are asking me for grain-free options, because a lot of them are trying to eat fewer carbs, have an auto-immune disease or digestive sensitivity to grains or even follow the Paleo diet. You can make a rice substance from cauliflower, pasta from vegetables, and granola from nuts and seeds. Baked goods have come a long way with the use of almond flour and coconut flour. My Grain-Free White Bean Coffee Cake uses coconut flour and beans!" (Find out more about New Gluten-Free Flours Made From Fruits and Veggies)