The Healthy Foods Creating a Buzz in 2015

2014 was the year that healthy eating became cool! We saw the proliferation of ‘clean’ eating, the rise of paleo, a Nutribullet revolution and more chia puddings than you can shake a coconut at.

So what diet and healthy-eating foods are set to feature in our meal plans for 2015?  From old vegetable friends to the more obscure items, we give you the low down on the products set to dominate the health and fitness pr and eating scene this year.

First up is coconut sugar. 2014 was the year for coconut milk, water and oil and the power of the coconut does not end there! The next 12 months will see coconut sugar take centre stage. Full of nutrients including Iron, Zinc, Calcium and Potassium and with a lower glycemic index (a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating) than white sugar, coconut sugar is set to feature heavily in ‘healthier’ baking and cooking recipes this year.

There is no arguing that kale has shot to fame over the past 12 months (largely helped by Beyonce’s choice of attire in her 7/11 video) but apparently this year our palettes will be dominated by a very familiar vegetable; the cauliflower. The little white vegetable ranks among the top 20 foods in regards to the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (which measures vitamin and mineral content in relation to caloric content) and is even set to overtake meat as part of a craze that will see vegetables dominating our meals.

And for those of you tired of eating chia pudding meet Instagram’s new foody favourite, the acai bowl! Known for their rich antioxidant profile, acai berries are a rich purple palm fruit that can be mixed with other fruit to create what can only be described as a thicker smoothie.

The final and most obscure item is bee pollen, yes bee pollen. Praised by the likes of Victoria Beckham, the ‘superfood’ is creating a buzz in the mainstream beauty world. Widely considered as one of nature’s most nourishing supplements, bee pollen is known for its rich and varied nutritional properties. Grab yourself a bag and sprinkle it onto your salad or add a handful to your acai bowl to boost energy levels and curb cravings.

There is no doubt that as the year progresses these foods will be pushed aside by the next set of superfoods and supplements but for now I am off to buy some bee pollen! If it’s good enough for Victoria…

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