Chances are that you, one of your friends or a client has adopted a gluten-free diet.
In fact, that is reality—according to a recent poll by The NPD Group, a leading global information company, that showed about 30% of adults want to cut down or be free of gluten in their diets.
Protein is the latest item to be given the health halo effect, a phenomenon that leads people to overestimate the healthfulness of a food based on one quality. With customers convinced that protein-rich foods will help them lose weight, boost energy or bulk up (Nassauer 2013), food manufacturers have capitalized on the halo effect by creating new products to meet the demand. While protein is essential to life and good health, most Americans get plenty without adding protein-packed snacks.
We’re firmly established in the new year, and so are some of the food and nutrition trends that experts are predicting will unfold this year. Here is a quick roundup from various sources on what we can expect:
Boulder, Colorado–based brand-strategy company Sterling-Rice Group recently called out 10 trends, six of which are reported here:
While flavor-of-the-month fads fire our imaginations before they flame out, genuine trends reflect changes in our eating patterns that can influence just about every facet of a health and fitness program.
A panel discussion at 2013 IDEA World Fitness dived into some of the hot-button dietary topics that are on Americans’ minds at the moment. Panelists delved into the protein craze, GMOs, plant-driven diets, cooking for kids, and the eating habits of Millennials, to name a few.
This juice recipe is terrific for mornings when you feel sluggish. Very smooth and slightly sweet, it also makes a great afternoon snack if you have a sugar craving. Rinse the greens; chop the cucumber and pear in halves; and peel the lemon. If you have a Vitamix® or similar high-power blender, toss in all the ingredients and purée them. You’ll get a lovely, frothy, delicious juice with a beautiful bright-green hue. Add a few ice cubes if you wish.
Imagine your muscles in a permanent state of contraction. Without magnesium to support the absorption of calcium, muscles cannot relax properly.
newsletter_teaser: Imagine your muscles in a permanent state of contraction. Without magnesium to support the absorption of calcium, muscles cannot relax properly.
While many continue to hope for a “magic pill” to prolong youth and sustain health indefinitely, encouraging research demonstrates the power of a back- to-basics, integrative approach—a plant-based diet, exercise, stress management and social support.
Add zesty Black Bean Burgers with Sriracha Aioli to your meatless dinner options. They're superfast to make and will become a fast favorite as well.
Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light
Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 burger)
newsletter_teaser: Add zesty Black Bean Burgers with Sriracha Aioli to your meatless dinner options. They're superfast to make and will become a fast favorite as well.
Valentine’s Day is often filled with decadent sweets and overall indulgence. With so many temptations around us, it can be easy to overindulge in the wrong kinds of foods and then feel bad about it. But this day of love wouldn’t seem complete without some chocolate!