New year, new diet.
It isn’t always easy to eat well, but a New Year’s Resolution could be the motivation that you need to put down the hamburger and french fries and pick up a smoothie. As you head into the new year, try embracing these healthy food trends — who knows, you could lose weight and have more energy.
Bone broth, a type of stock made from simmering animal bones for up to two days at a time, is cheap and easy to make, Medical Daily previously reported. This popular health trend has surprising benefits for your body, like eliminating cravings, addressing joint inflammation, and rebuilding collagen in skin.
Planning on hitting the gym starting Jan. 1? Bone broth can also be a great post-workout drink.
A study published in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition revealed that the fiber content of various types of brown rice increased drastically — by 6 to 13 percent — after sprouting. Sunflower seeds, chia seeds, chickpeas, and split peas can also sprout when conditions are just right.
Chopping or using a food processor to transform cauliflower into a rice-like consistency is an easy way to eat more vegetables and fewer carbohydrates. The chopped cauliflower can be eaten plain, or cooked in a skillet like any other fried rice.
“One cup of cauliflower rice has approximately 25 calories, whereas brown rice has approximately 215 calories,” Megan Roosevelt, RDN, founder of HealthyGroceryGirl.com, told Health.
The benefits of chia seeds are enormous, Medical Daily previously reported, and since they have no flavor profile, you can add them to almost any meal. This ancient food can regulate the diabetic effect in people with type 2 diabetes, and strengthen teeth and bones.
Chia seeds are also high in protein and fiber.
Trendy pea protein powder is both gluten- and dairy-free. According to Dr. Josh Axe, pea protein has a “great amino acid profile,” and it helps with weight loss in addition to supporting a healthy heart.
This up-and-coming healthy food trend may also decrease risk of kidney disease and regulate blood sugar.
If you can make regular pancakes, you can make protein pancakes. Try using protein powder instead of flour and enjoy this trendy, nutritious meal. Health suggests adding other healthy ingredients like quinoa, spelt, and hemp hearts.