Nutrition-wise blog

Food trends for 2014

By Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. January 11, 2014

Just like the worlds of politics and entertainment, the food world is reflecting on 2013 and making prediction for 2014. Staying healthy is still on trend, for example, by decreasing the amount of sugar, salt and saturated fat in your diet.

Here's a look at trends that are on the way out and those that are gaining momentum in the world of food.

Expect to eat less gelato, house-made ice cream, flatbreads, sliders and sweet potato fries. The Greek yogurt trend has slowed down, but look for protein to be featured in other dairy products And say goodbye to the foam or froth on your coffee.

Environmentally friendly food practices will be the big trend in 2014. Topping the list is decreasing food waste. This includes more "nose-to-tail" and "root-to-stalk" eating, which means using the whole animal or plant to reduce waste.

The local food movement will continue to grow and will expand to include home- and restaurant-grown foods. Food origins will be more prominently displayed on packages and restaurant menus.

Another trend that will continue to grow is super foods. Chia, dark greens, Brussels sprouts, ancient grains and fermented foods are predicted to top the list. Gluten-free foods will also keep going strong, so look for more offerings in the noodle aisle of your grocery store.

What does the new year have in store for you? Will you be embracing any of these new trends? Or perhaps clinging to some that are on the way out?

To your health,

Katherine

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Jan. 11, 2014