By Dara Godfrey, MS, RD
With New Year’s resolutions set and people back in the clean-eating mode, the most common question I get from my clients is, “What are the new foods on the market that I should be eating?” It’s so great to see such a variety of exciting foods to choose from, and I have a few clear frontrunners for the healthy food trends of 2015. Here are some of my favorites — that you should consider adding to your weekly shopping list!
Move over chicken soup... here comes a new and tasty elixir. With the recent opening of Brodo in Manhattan, a tiny take-away window serving up steaming bone broth, it’s no surprise that the warm, animal bone concoction is here to stay. Super nutrient-dense, this broth contains healthy collagen and amino acids that may improve digestion, aid in joint pain and inflammation, and make your skin glow. If anything, it is super hydrating!
This healthy powdered green tea is made from crushed green tea leaves and is jam-packed with antioxidants. And with less caffeine than regular green tea, you get a more mellowed energy boost. Swap your morning joe with a matcha latte.
For all you quinoa lovers out there, here’s a new grain to love. Not just bird-food, millet is a tasty, gluten-free grain that is loaded with B vitamins, magnesium, and protein. And an added bonus – it’s easy to digest!
A nut? A tiger? Neither! Not actually a nut, but a tuber (like potatoes), tigernuts have been around for thousands of years in places like Ghana and Nigeria. What’s the hype? The sweet and nutty tigernut is rich in phosphorous, potassium, and vitamins E & C, not to mention fiber. I predict this to be a new go-to snack.
The buzz on hemp is true! While hemp may look like marijuana, the hemp plant is actually a different species of cannabis, a species loaded with omega-3’s and the perfect source of vegetarian protein. Add some hemp seeds to your oatmeal and yogurt to start your day off right.
Who would have thought that eating insects could go mainstream? Although common in parts of the world, such as Mexico and Thailand, cricket flour, to be exact, is a new trend in America. Not only is cricket flour (used mostly in baking) gluten-free, but it’s also super-rich in environmentally-friendly protein. The appeal to this protein-rich food is that it offers an easy, cheap way to feed people using a smaller carbon footprint than beef, chicken, pork, or fish. Right now you can find this in granola bars at health food stores, but watch out for it in other products soon.
Probiotics are super important for us – they can aid in digestion and boost our immunity. So it is no surprise that eating fermented foods — which have the good bacteria that live in your gut — is a good thing. Try to include probiotic-rich foods such as tempeh, kefir, kimchi, miso, and sauerkraut in your weekly routine. Say yes to gut health!
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Dara Godfrey is a registered dietitian who works in private practice in Manhattan. As an expert in nutrition, she customizes eating plans to help empower her patients to make positive food choices. Dara’s lifestyle-driven approach has encouraged individuals to understand what is realistic and has provided them with a flexible set of tools to achieve sustainable goals of health and happiness. Dara is also the dietitian at Reproductive Medicine Associates (RMA) of New York, a fertility clinic, where she supports patients’ nutritional goals at every stage of infertility treatment and pregnancy, including pre-treatment health, prenatal nutrition, and pregnancy nutrition during each trimester. Dara is a Toronto, Canada native; graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Food & Nutrition at The University of Western Ontario; and obtained her RD and Masters in Nutrition at New York University. Dara is not only a blog contributor for Body By Simone and RMA of New York, but has also been featured in videos on such sites as Fertility Authority and CafeMom.
When not working, she can be seen working out at Body By Simone as well as trying the newest restaurants around New York. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Jay, and two daughters, Allegra & Bardot.