Most of us include “being healthier” when making New Year’s resolutions. So here are some healthy trends you should look for and some of my top tips for starting off 2016 eating healthier.
Get Inspired by Spiralizing
Swap spaghetti squash or zucchini for your regular pasta. It’s an easy gluten-free and vegan option and a great source of dietary fiber and vitamins B and C. Add your favorite pasta sauce (not cream based though) and some protein on top like grilled chicken, shrimp, or tofu, and you’ll have a healthier dish with tons of vital nutrients and way fewer carbs.
Swap Traditional Bread for Sprouted Grains
Sprouted grains are popping up in stores everywhere. Sprouted grain breads have less gluten, are richer in antioxidants, and are higher in protein than traditional bread products. Plus, sprouted grains are processed like a vegetable by the body for easier digestion and better absorption of vitamins and minerals.
Vary Your Dairy
Whether you are lactose-intolerant, vegan, or just trying to avoid traditional dairy products, the options are many. Nut milks (almond, macadamia, cashew), hemp milk, oat milk, and goat’s milk are just some of your options and work anywhere you’d use traditional cow’s milk. Instead of Greek yogurt, try yogurt made with goat’s milk. Prediction: Vegan cheese made with nut milk will become more prevalent and popular—remember where you heard it first.
Go Crazy For Coconuts
Think shredded coconut, coconut chips, coconut oil, coconut butter, even coconut water. Coconut is rich in vitamins and minerals, including magnesium (helps with energy and endurance), lauric acid (has immune boosting properties) and medium chain fatty acids (have been shown to help fight obesity). Coconut water is a great hydrator for shorter workouts especially because it is so rich in potassium and low in sodium. When it comes to baking, coconut flour is a fantastic alternative to traditional flour because it has 5g of fiber per 2 Tbsp and adding it to baked goods can help lower the glycemic index. Coconut is crazy good.
Stock Up On Bone Broth
Bone broth, a stock made from beef, chicken or turkey marrow bones, boiled with herbs, spices, vegetables, vinegar and water, is still gaining in popularity. While the research is still out on its level of magical benefit, many believe bone broth helps fight inflammation and boosts the immune system. And there’s no doubt that it makes a great, low-cal base for a variety of soups.