As we think of getting healthier, we find new trends of healthy meals on our social media newsfeed. While it all looks promising, it is hard to know which to follow, especially if you are new to this game.
The same can be said for the more seasoned of us. So I wanted to put the latest ones together and give you an overview of the ones that may be worth your while.
Healthy Meal Trends To Follow
In the world of healthy eating, there is always some new discovery researchers have made and that the biggest celebs are swearing by. Endorsement is great, but in the end, we all want results. Achieving a healthy lifestyle isn’t going to be based on 1 thing you do. Like anything else in life, it is a combination of changes you make that bring you to your goal. Each piece alone, even if done religiously does not get you there. That’s something many of us miss. Of the options below, it is always best to choose a few you can work with to get you to where you want to be.
Cannabidiol (CBD) Edibles
With the legalization and rising popularity of recreational cannabis in Canada and parts of the US, CBD edibles have moved well beyond pot brownies. Top chefs are infusing it in everything from baked goods to grass-fed butter to fine dining favourites like emulsions, purées and cooked meat. Many people are finding relief from anxiety, pain and other ailments with CBD. More studies are needed to confirm the safety and benefit of long-term use.
Medicinal mushrooms, spices and herbs will never, ever go out of style. Basic herbs and spices will also be complemented by some of the potent culinary herbs like mushroom powders (chaga, reishi, etc.), matcha, lavender, ashwagandha, goji berries and maca. You can sneak them into smoothies, soups, stews and cooked grains by brewing them up as teas and using the liquid in your recipes.
Opt for a healthier, yet just as tasty version of your favourite craveable foods. There is finally a delicious and guilt-free way to indulge on your favorite sweet treats. Ketogenic snack options are on the rise. They fuel workouts and workaholics alike. People experience accelerated recovery and clarity of mind when their body is powered by ketone bodies, the by-products of the breakdown of fatty acids.
If you prefer to make full on keto diets, Keto Meal Prep by FlavCity is known as the go-to spot for healthy meals prep and keto recipes. Maximize your time and prepare seven days of healthy meals in one evening―and maintain your ketogenic diet. Keto Meal Prep includes more than 125 low carb recipes full of flavour. You’ll meet your weight loss goals with dishes perfectly calibrated to the ketogenic diet. Mix and match the base recipes and your meal combinations are endless.
The Paleo diet focuses on foods that our ancestors likely ate. Paleo eating offers an array of health benefits. It is often used to address a wide range of autoimmune conditions, blood sugar imbalances, obesity and more.
It may seem hard to replace some things like flour. There are options though. Cassava flour, a grain-free fibre-rich ingredient, is fast becoming the choice alternative for baking thanks to the continued growth of the gluten-free and Paleo movement. Made from cassava root, this mild-flavoured flour is an easy substitute for wheat in baking. There are real food snack options that satisfy real-world cravings. These delicious foods that nourishes the body taste amazing and are paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, and free of refined sugars and artificial flavourings.
Organic cocktails,We’re talking cocktails with real booze here, not mocktails. Alcohol is taboo in the health field. It can be beneficial as long as you are choosy about the quality and type of what you sip. Organic wine and spirits, in moderation, can be wonderful in tinctures, incorporated into kombucha cocktails or mixed into homemade syrups.
Intermittent fasting Intermittent fasting has become all the rage for weight loss, but it’s also beneficial for heart health, digestion, blood sugar balance, brain health and more. There are different fasting ‘eating patterns’. For those with a busy lifestyle, it’s more convenient when you don’t have to focus on consuming so many meals.
Functional medicine testing go beyond the basics by working with a functional medicine professional to get to the root causes of your health issues. The testing goes beyond conventional medicine. It gets into the intricacies of our hormones, digestive bacteria, micronutrient levels and more to help us optimize our health and target the right systems in the most precise way. The rise of functional medicine testing is empowering patients and clients to take an active role in their health care and prevention plans. Patients are not just owning their health records, they can learn how to read them to stay informed on their state of health.
More backyard grills are becoming an extension of the kitchen. There is little you can’t cook on a backyard grill, and a grill basket makes it easier to expand your menu of barbecued foods. The grill basket is ideal for cooking veggies, French fries or chicken wings — without the addition of oil.
The CharBroil Cookbook has 300 mouth-watering recipes for hamburgers, drumsticks, kebabs, chops, fajitas, wings, deep-fried turkey, and more. All with easy steps to follow that will ensure you get the best use out of your grill.
Himalayan Salt Block
Long gone are the days when food has to be placed right on the grill. Himalayan salt is rich in minerals, and cooking on a salt block delivers subtle salt flavours to your meals — but with less actual salt used, thereby reducing your sodium intake. Use it to sear meats, grill veggies or cook delicate foods like fish. What’s more, it can go from the grill directly to the table, doubling as a décor-friendly serving platter.
Knowing the internal temperature of the food on the grill is imperative to ensuring your meals are cooked to perfection. The Accu-Probe Bluetooth Thermometer not only has the capability of tracking the temperature of four foods at the same time, it will send a notification to your phone when the meat has reached its desired temperature.
Not only does it give you a good kick to start your day, coffee has so many benefits to it. Caffeine can improve energy levels and make you smarter. It helps you burn fat by speeding up your metabolism by 3-11%. Physical performance can also increase with coffee intake by stimulating the nervous system and increasing adrenaline levels. Coffee is an antioxidant and contains many nutrients such as vitamin B2, B3, B5, Manganese and potassium. It reduces risks of Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons and certain forms of cancer. It can also fight depression and protect your liver.
The Gist of it
As mentioned, achieving a healthy lifestyle takes more than just following one thing to the T. Creating healthy meals from the options below and making some key changes will help you reach your goal. Many of the above trends may already be on your radar. If one thing isn’t working for you, switch it and give it time to see whether it renders results or not.
What healthy meals trends have you been following?
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