Hi everyone! Hope you have a great Christmas and are ready to kick start the new year and begin the path to a healthier you! Todays post will talk about current food trends flowing into 2017.
1. The Turmeric Chai Latte
This is one that I have seen around a lot lately particularly in wholefood cafes. I was intrigued so I thought I might give it a try, and the verdict – delicious!
Turmeric has been used in Indian traditional medicine for thousands of years and is known for its potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects. In more recent times it has been shown to be quite effective in managing symptoms associated with inflammatory arthritic conditions and there is some research linking its intake with improvements in depression management and prevention of Alzheimer's Disease.
2. Nourish Bowls
This is another food trend I have been seeing in wholefood and health cafes. Nourish bowls (or Macro bowls) are a great way to eat out the healthy way and get your daily dose of antioxidants and nutrients while you're at it! They are also super easy to make at home!
They are usually salad based and contain plenty of vegetables for your B complex and C vitamins, green leafys such as spinach for iron, magnesium and vitamin C, low GI carbohydrates usually in the form of chickpeas, hommus or quinoa, nuts and seeds which are great sources of unsaturated fats, and some even have fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut for a natural source of probiotics.
3. Matcha Maddness
Matcha is a finely ground green powder from the Camellia sinensis plant, originating from China. Traditionally it was used for Chinese and Japanese Tea Ceremonies for meditative and spiritual purposes. These days it is used as an ingredient in smoothies, cakes and ice creams and hot drinks (has anyone tried a Matcha Latte?).
As well as being known for its beautiful rich green colour, Matcha known for its high levels of catechins; a potent antioxidant. One cup of matcha tea has as much as 10 times the antioxidants as regular brewed tea! Green tea intake in general is associated with lower incidence of stroke and coronary artery disease so start drinking green tea (especially matcha) today!
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