Everybody is talking about super foods, and foods you must eat, and most of them were pretty much unheard of a couple of years ago. What is happening? Wellness and prevention have become trendy, in style, what everyone is talking about. And why is this? Because we got sick and tired of being sick and tired. Because we are overwhelmed with the growing numbers of cancer and degenerative diseases. Decades ago the trendy things to do where harmful to our health, like smoking for one. But today we do think more about our health, and want to protect it. But we need to be skeptical, and determine whether those trendy foods are as healthy as they say to be, or whether it is just advertising. With this in mind, I looked around, and after reading articles like "Trendy Foods With Serious Health Benefits", and "5 trendy superfoods: Are they worth the cash?" I have put together my own list of the Top 5 Trendy Healthy Foods for the new year. 5th Place:
Almonds are alkaline foods while peanuts are acidic. Strong enough reason for me to make the switch, but if you want some further reasons to choose Almond butter instead of peanut butter, think about their nutritional content. Almond butter has more antioxidants, Vitamin E, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium than peanut butter. It also has more monounsaturated fat and less saturated fat than peanut butter, which is an ideal fat balance. 4th Place:
Almond ButterAlmond butter is another almond-based food trend that has some advantages over conventional peanut butter. “I brought up my own children on almond butter,” Kravich says. “Almond butter is preferable over peanut butter as it contains more protein and less sugar than the peanut.” Still, it’s important to eat nut butters in moderation, as most varieties are heavy in calories and fat.
Quinoa falls on the alkaline side of the balance, making it a great substitute for rice and other acidic grains. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich grains we know. It contains all 9 essential amino acids,has high levels of unsaturated fats, is rich in fiber and minerals, has low levels of carbohydrates and is gluten-free. 3rd place:
QuinoaNutrient-rich whole grains and their high levels of digestion-friendly fiber are an essential component of any balanced diet. A new choice on the whole grain market that’s become wildly popular is the South American grain quinoa. Prized for its versatility and high protein content, quinoa has fast become a restaurant and supermarket staple. “My favorite grain recommendations across the board are millet, quinoa, and brown rice,” Kravich says. “For those who need a higher protein grain, quinoa is my first choice.”
Even though there are conflicting opinions on whether almond, rice and soy milk should be listed as acid or alkaline foods, one thing I strongly believe, they are much better choices than regular milk. My favorite of the three is almond milk. It is powered with essential nutrients like calcium, potassium and vitamin B, and has a low caloric count. Plus it tastes great. 2nd Place:
Nondairy MilkFor the lactose-intolerant and those wanting to avoid all animal foods, rice milk, almond milk, and soy milk are becoming increasingly popular food trends for good nutrition. “More and more people are becoming sensitive to dairy products," says Sally Kravich, MS, a natural health expert and consultant in New York City. "I recommend almond milk and rice milk to many of my clients. For those who have a sensitive digestive system, rice milk is best. For those who are vegans and need more protein and naturally occurring calcium, I recommend almond milk. I only recommend soy milk to women who need to boost their hormones or for older men with prostate issues.” If you’re watching your sugar intake, try an unsweetened nondairy milk, as most brands have either no sugar or less sugar than naturally occurs in dairy milk. Plus, nondairy milks are often fortified with extra calcium or vitamin D.