There are some health food crazes that could persuade you to want to give up that nutrition bar for a meat bar! Here are the top 15 clean food trends that are happening right now:
1 – Drive-thru Healthy Food
You are probably used to thinking of a fast food restaurant and automatically associating it with fried, greasy food with tons of calories and carbs. Those days are slowly diminishing. There are numerous fast-food chains that are now offering raw, non-GMO, Paleo, Vegetarian, Vegan, and organic meals. For example, “LYFE Kitchen” bans HFCS, white flour, and white sugar at their restaurant. Below are some healthy food chains:
2 – Online Farmers’ Markets
- Veggie Grill
- Sweet Green
- Tender Greens
- LYFE Kitchen
- Panera Bread
- Elevation Burger
Online shopping is used for just about anything now, including farmers’ markets. There are some city-based retailers, such as Farmigo and Good Eggs. There are also national chains, such as door to door organics that will help consumers shop organic and local, right from their smartphone. This gives people the option to eat clean while they support small organic farms.
3 – Cleaner, Colder Java
Cold-brew coffee used to just be common among hipsters only. However, lately it has been one of the top drinks at places like Starbucks. This icy beverage is brewed for several hours to curb the coffee’s acidity. There really is no need to add any flavour shots or sweeteners to this drink as it is smooth enough as it is.
4 – Dejunk That Junk Food
Is it possible? Can you really de-junk your junk food? People are used to cooking with fattening ingredients, but you can use natural ingredients, and it is becoming more common. For example, have you ever heard of a “clean” cake? You just substitute all the bad ingredients. A few examples below:
5 – Bone Broth
- Quinn Popcorn Butter With Sea Salt: This popcorn has real butter and not just a butter-flavoured ingredient.
- Lotus Organic Millet & Brown Rice Ramen: An excellent source of whole grain and fiber. No added preservatives.
- Theo Peanut Butter Cups: These have 33% less sugar than Reese’s peanut butter cups.
Not many people use bone broth, but it has quite the health benefits. Bone broth is packed with protein and minerals.
6 – Veggie Chips
Gone are the days we sit and eat potato chips. Veggie chips are becoming increasingly popular. With their great taste, it is hard to pass these up.
7 – Matcha
Drinking matcha at least once would classify you as a “hip healthster.” When you drink matcha, you get an antioxidant-rich drink with ground green tea leaves. There are even recipes where you can make matcha truffles and even popcorn. Let’s not forget about the matcha donuts!
8 – Celebrity Vegans Are Eating Meat
Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, and Bill Clinton used to be completely vegan, but they experienced low energy. Now they incorporate fish, dairy, and eggs.
9 – Stinky Cheese
Microogranisms will be used in cheese, as well as yogurt, such as Lactobacillus (which is the same as bugs on our bodies.) Is that all-natural enough for you?
10 – Real Food Bars
Energy bars are loaded with sugar and other harsh ingredients. However, there is now a few brands that can give you the benefit of a high-fiber and high-protein bar without the sweeteners and processed soy. Below are a few:
11 - Healthier Changes
- Perfect Bar: This bar has protein from milk and eggs. It also has dulse, alfalfa, and kale.
- Nii Bar: This bar is combined with quinoa and hemp, with vegan protein.
- Oatmega: This bar includes whey protein. This comes from grass-fed cows.
12– Protein Bars
- February 2015 – Nestle is dropping all artificial flavours and colours from its candy.
- March 2015 – McDonald’s had announced they will only use chickens that were raised without antibiotics.
- April 2015 – Chipotle became the first national chain restaurant to offer GMO free food.
- May 2015 – Panera banned 150 unnatural additives.
- June 2015 – President Obama ordered U.S. government agencies to only serve meat that is antibiotic and hormone-free.
Most protein bars are processed and made from powder. Why not try a protein bar that is made with animal meat? The energy bars that are made with lamb, chicken, bison, or pasture-raised beef are softer than jerky.
13 – Chewing Gum With No Plastic
Most of the gum available is made with artificial sweeteners and synthetic plastic. Brands are now producing gum that comes from trees. How is that for all-natural?
14 – Healthy Bitterness
Bitter foods tend to contain a high amount of potent antioxidants. Join in on this bitter trend by trying fermented food, such as grapefruit, radicchio, dandelion greens, or even some fresh arugula.
15 – Sugar With No Calories. What?
Sugar is evil, right? Now you can still get that sweetness in your food, but without feeling guilty. Sweeteners, such as monk fruit and stevia have become increasingly popular. They have no links to safety or health issues and may even provide a good source of fiber.
What are your thoughts on the 2015 clean food trends?
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