Saba Zahid, Patient Experience Manager
Each year, just like fashion trends, we see a new set of nutrition trends. While many are short lived, some, like gluten-free products, stick around. The year 2016 has been quite the interesting year and this held true in the world of nutrition as well. We saw a renewed interest in probiotics, a new trend in “souping,” and cauliflower is even getting some time in the limelight.
Cauliflower has been dubbed the new kale, primarily for its versatility. There are many different ways to prepare and use cauliflower. Cauliflower can be baked, fried, mashed, and pureed and used as a healthier substitute in many recipes. You can use pureed cauliflower to make a lighter alfredo sauce, or use mashed cauliflower in place of mashed potatoes. If you peruse through Pinterest or do a Google search, you will find many interesting recipes, including recipes for cauliflower steaks and cauliflower crust pizza. Its versatility in preparation and ability to take on any flavor makes it popular amongst vegetarians and meat-lovers alike who are looking for inventive and flavorful meal options. Additionally, cauliflower has some positive nutrition qualities. Cauliflower is high in vitamin C and also contains vitamin K and manganese while being low in calories.
As 2016 comes to a close and we look ahead to 2017, we are already seeing food ideas catching on that could be the trends of 2017. Bone broths, jackfruit, and algae are all trends to look out for in 2017.
Regardless of what the trends may be for 2017, make sure to verify any health claims before jumping on the bandwagon. Consult a dietitian for any questions you may have and if you are looking to get healthier in 2017, schedule an outpatient nutrition counseling appointment with the registered dietitians at Shore Medical Center. We will meet with you to review your medical history, evaluate eating and exercise habits, and set up individual, realistic goals to help you make long term lifestyle changes. For more information, contact us at 609-653-3913.