March is National Nutrition Month, a time focused on educating people to make good food choices, develop good eating habits, and incorporating physical activity into daily routines. As part of that, take a look at some of the top nutrition trends for 2017.
Watermelon water — Combining a refreshing taste with high impact nutrients like potassium, lycopene and natural sugar, watermelon water is about to give coconut water a run for its money. Because of its hydration powers it is an excellent post-workout drink and can be a delightful alternative to alcohol. Filled with antioxidants, it also can help regulate blood pressure as well.
Soup — Soups are the new smoothies as the “fit” meal of choice. Not only do they taste great, but they also have the added bonus of having more fiber and whole foods that smoothies can lack. Warm and delicious, there is an added element of comfort to sitting down and eating a bowl of soup with friends and family.
Fruit desserts — All-fruit desserts are nothing new in terms of being a nutrition trend. But nowadays, the fruit cocktails are including exotic combinations or just exotic fruits in general. Whether they are soaked in their own juices or mixed with nuts to give them a bit of a crunch, the addition of Chinese and Japanese fruit desserts to complete a meal is what a lot of high end restaurants are serving.
Butter — Real butter, especially of the organic variety, is making a comeback. With studies showing that artificial butters and margarines are really quite bad for you, more and more people are going back to the good stuff. Containing no chemicals and needing less to satisfy, butter is actually considered good for you in small amounts.
Waste reduction — A trend of the non-food variation, restaurants are now starting to focus on waste reduction. Meals are closer to what a true portion should be rather than being super-sized. The focus is on eating less and eating smart.
Some fat is good — Following a trend that declared all fat bad and every food item came out with a fat free or low fat option, people are starting to realize that not all fat is bad. Non-saturated fats, in fact, are something that we need so there is a renewed focus on adding “good” fat foods like avocados and nuts back into our diets.
Trends come and go but the overall message for the year is eat smart and eat less, going hand in hand with the objective of National Nutrition Month.