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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A few of my favorite food trends for 2015

Fresh Living TV Segment
A lot of times the latest food trend comes from research and there's research showing that the potato can actually be a part of your New Year's Diet. Recent research in Journal of the American College of Nutrition demonstrates that people can eat potatoes and still lose weight.
So you can think of the potato as the little black dress of your diet that packs some great nutrition. One medium-size skin-on potato contains just 110 calories per serving, boasts more potassium than a banana, provides almost half the daily value of vitamin C, and contains no fat, sodium or cholesterol. This recipe for Roasted Potato Fries with Avocado Aioli has just 134 calories per serving and 5 grams of fat.  

This potato recipe features a hot trend for 2015: Potato Proscuitto Waffles are an example of the savory waffle trend.  Watch out for waffle sandwiches also.

Other trends include fermented foods.  

You’ll be seeing lots of these products in the spotlight at your supermarket and restaurants as well.  Yogurt, kefir, miso, sauerkraut, bean paste and kimchi are just a few examples.  Some of these products will still contain healthful probiotics, but not all.  Also, watch the sodium content as these foods are notorious for high levels of sodium.  

Pistachios are touted to be the nut of 2015 and that is something that I’m ahead of the curve with.  

In my kitchen, you’ll always find my pistachio bowl on the counter ready for anyone craving some savory crunch.  It’s one of my favorite ways to get in some heart healthy omega-3s, fiber and protein. 

One last trend is same-day grocery delivery service.  This has been around for a while but this year it is set to really take off all across the country instead of isolated areas.  Watch for a variety of online retailers to be expanding their delivery radius.  The main health benefit is fresher food to homebound or time-stressed people allowing them to enjoy healthier, home-cooked meals. 

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