The ancient Greeks swore that garlic helped their army gain strength and enhance performance. The Egyptians would drink wheatgrass juice as a cleansing agent. Coca-Cola was sold as a medicinal drink in the 19th century. Grapefruit and cottage cheese were the “it” health foods of the 1960s. Food trends are not new; they have been around before recorded history and they still exist today. But, not all of them are worth your time; some can even be unhealthy. So, which food trends are worth the pay off? Let’s take a look at some of them:
Greek Yogurt– Popular for some time, Greek yogurt is a healthy replacement for traditional yogurt. A 6 oz. serving of non-fat Greek yogurt has 15 grams of protein; traditional non-fat yogurt has 10 grams. Greek yogurt is tangier and tastier than its cousin, which makes it good for recipes and as a replacement for sour cream as a topping.
Flaxseed– Either as a seed or ground up as a meal, flaxseed is a flexible food that can be consumed in a number of ways. You can eat it by the spoonful (not recommended; it can be very dry) or sprinkled into cereal or other foods. You can also mix it into a drink or smoothie. Flaxseed is popular for its rich omega-3 properties that help inflammation and blood circulation. It helps reduce blood pressure and clots.
Avocado Toast– Popular in hipster Brooklyn cafes and on Instagram posts, sliced avocado on toast can be a delicious way to increase your monounsaturated fats which can lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease. That being said, make sure the bread is multigrain and nothing too fatty is being used as flavouring (like Kewpie mayo). Otherwise you are defeating the purpose.
Matcha– Coming from China and common in Japan, matcha is finely-ground green tea powder. Its rich and earthy flavour can be strong for some, but it is versatile and can mix with hot water, milk, lattes, and other hot and cold drinks. It can be added to other foods as well. Containing caffeine, match is great for a boost of energy and also has antioxidants that help with heart disease, cancer, and aging.
Tumeric– Known for its deep yellow colour, turmeric can act as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. You can sprinkle into other foods or even serve it in a tea. Tumeric is best absorbed when consumed with black pepper.
Poke– Another Instagram favourite, poke is raw fish (tuna, salmon, yellow tail) cut into cubes and mixed with rice, seaweed, noodles, and avocado. Seasoned with soy sauce and scallions, poke is great for high protein and the colourful bowl will help with Instagram likes.
Of course, this is just the tiny tip of an extremely large iceberg. There is so much more to learn about health trends, diet plans, and the best foods to eat. Who has the time and energy to learn all of that information? With the LOMI App, you don’t have to anymore. After downloading the LOMI App, you will have access to your own personal nutritionist and consultants at your fingertips. The LOMI App connects you to the best health care professionals in Canada. Whether you want exercise tips, diet plans, or just have a few questions, the LOMI App is the way to get the answer. Check it out on the App Store or Google Play today.