Top 10 Healthy, Trendy Foods for 2013


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Published: 02/22/2013

by Michaela Bartakova, Energy Healer, Transformational Coach, Wellness Educator

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These top 10 trendy, healthy foods are having a moment in a spotlight...


Brussels Sprouts—Once considered cabbage’s “smelly” cousin, the Brussels sprout is gaining in popularity. The veggie is packed with 130% of your daily value of free-radical-fighting vitamin C per 1-cup serving (proof there was a reason your mother tortured you so many years ago). When cooked properly, this veggie tastes great! 


Flaxmeal—The health community is buzzing about omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed and flaxmeal (ground from flaxseed) are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based omega-3. ALA may help to lower inflammation and increase blood flow in the body, reducing the risk of high blood pressure and blood clots. Try sprinkling flaxmeal on your morning cereal or adding it to a smoothie. 


Gluten-Free Baking Mixes—Gluten-free products are everywhere now with the growing awareness of celiac disease, gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity. 

 

Greek Yogurt—Thicker and more tangy than traditional yogurt, Greek-style yogurt has become an everyday staple for many cooks. A 6-ounce serving of nonfat Greek yogurt has 15 g of protein, 5 g more than traditional nonfat plain yoghurt. (However, if it is calcium you are after, stick with traditional yogurt that hasn’t had the whey drained from it—it has 34 percent of your daily value per 6-ounce serving, three times more than Greek yogurt.) Creamy and delicious, Greek yogurt makes a homemade tzatziki sauce or healthy dessert quick and easy. As with any dairy, we recommend moderation, even if you are not dairy sensitive...


Heirloom Tomatoes—Old varieties of tomatoes are making a comeback, mainly in your green markets and co-ops. Like all tomatoes, they are an excellent source of vision and bone-healthy vitamin A. 


Kefir—Think yogurt in a glass. This fermented dairy beverage is packed with beneficial probiotics that may help give your immune system a little extra edge. Look for it in your local market; choose plain for less sugar and fewer calories or fresh fruit flavors, such as peach and raspberry, for extra taste. With 29 percent of your daily value of calcium per 8-ounce serving, kefir is the perfect choice for an on-the-go morning.


Kombucha—Kombucha is a fermented tea with a fizzy “zip,” offered in flavors from mango to cayenne-watermelon. Newly available in supermarkets, it has probiotics and more antioxidants than other teas. Enjoy the beverage by itself or in a smoothie. Just know, like with any probiotics, it may take few times for your gut get "used to it".


Multigrain Tortillas—When it comes to tortillas, there are more options for shoppers than ever before. Forget basic flour—now you can find whole-grain tortillas with added heart-healthy flaxseed or B vitamins. You’ll get more fiber when you choose whole-wheat or whole-grain over white-flour tortillas.


Nut Butters—Peanut butter may be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “nut butter,” but today there are many varieties found right next to that old standby. And they have different nutrition profiles: 2 tablespoons of almond butter provides 75 percent of your daily value of vitamin E, which may help fight damage-causing free radicals. Cashew, walnut and hazelnut butters add exotic flavors to your next snack and are packed with 5 g of protein per 2-tablespoon serving. Like with any good things, in moderation is the best approach. After all, nut butters have high oil content, and are not so easily digestible.


Steel-Cut Oats—Here is an example of “what is old is new again.” Steel-cut oats (sometimes called Irish oatmeal) are whole-grain oats that have been cut into little pieces rather than rolled.This hot breakfast cereal is less-processed than other types of oatmeal and has a nutty crunch. Like all oatmeal, it’s high in soluble fiber, which may help to lower “bad” LDL cholesterol, and has a healthy amount of protein, both of which will help you feel satisfied.