It is that time again to review the past year and preview the new one.
Food Trends of 2014
Here’s my list of the top 5 food trends that stood out for me in 2014:
Probiotics are all the rage. They encourage healthy intestinal flora which is crucial for good digestive health and immunity. Probiotics can be cultured by fermenting foods. Making sauerkraut, sourdough starter, kimchi, kefir, yoghurt etc. now seems to be a growing trend amongst home cooks looking to increase the health benefits of their food.
- Molecular Gastronomy
This is the application of physics and chemistry to food to alter its taste and texture. Some prefer to call this new style of cuisine ‘modernist’ but it is basically a science experiment served on a plate.
- Artisan Bread
A trend close to my heart, artisan bread by definition is bread that is baked in small batches using quality ingredients and traditional bread-making methods. It acts as the antithesis to the mass-produced, flavourless and nutrient poor loaves that can sit on grocery store shelves for days without quickly turning to mould.
Proponents of the paleo diet proclaim that you can eat ‘like a caveman‘ and lose weight without counting calories. It harkens back to the day when humans were hunter-gatherers rather than farmers. High protein, fibre and fat and an absence of wheat, dairy and refined foods characterize this diet.
- The GMO labelling debate
And the beet goes on…the genetically modified one that is and without our knowledge either. The controversy with the consumers’ right to know versus the food corporation’s obstinate desire to keep mum rages on. See our previous posts, Frankenfood – A Hallowe’en Fright and DDT, PCBS & GMOs, Oh My!
Eating Plan to Kick Start 2015
Ah yes, ’tis the time of year when all those weight-loss plans and fitness goals see the light of day – at least for the first part of the New Year. But why wait until December 31st to declare a healthy eating regime? Here are my healthy eating tips to be practiced year-round.
- Stay hydrated with clean drinking water.
- Eat a variety of foods.
- Opt for whole foods that are minimally processed and unrefined.
- Save the sweet stuff for the weekly/monthly treat day.
- Eat seasonally i.e. soups in winter, raw salads in summer and fresh fruits and vegetables in season.
- For more enjoyment, practice mindful eating. Focus on the flavour, texture, look and taste of your food.
- Eat when the mind is at peace and the spirit is calm. This will aid your digestion.
- Consume the essentials daily i.e. essential amino acids and essential fats from dietary sources.
- Combine lean protein, complex carbohydrates, fibre and a minute amount of fat for a well-balanced meal.
- Eat a combination of cooked and raw foods.
It has been said that it takes 21 days to form a habit so try these out everyday in January and see how you go.
See you next year as we continue to cook up food posts, perform recipe alchemy and bake up a storm. And be sure to check out Meatless Mondays in January as we take you on a virtual tour of Cuba for the vegetarian/vegan.
Happy healthy eating to you in 2015!