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If You’re Chasing Food Trends, You’re Missing the Point

December 28th, 2013

IMG_2139It seems like every time we turn around someone is coming up with a new trend in nutrition.  Most of these trends last a few weeks or months, eventually fade out and a new trend takes it’s place.  But what if some of these concepts were actually meant to stick?  What if they were truly useful for life, not just the time frame in which they were “hip”?  Well, we’ve researched some diet trends from the past 20 years and picked four that we think everyone should stick to.

Remember those meal replacement packets from the early 90’s that were so in vogue?  Turns out those were actually good for us!  These packets provided a quick, simple meal that we didn’t have to think about.  Over time meal replacements packets have evolved into protein powders and shakes but they still hold the same qualities.  Protein shakes and powders are fortified with essential vitamins and minerals, they also provide the proper balance of carbohydrates to protein.  These drinks are high in fiber leaving you feeling full longer and even better, they’re low in calories and sugar!

Next up on our list is coconut water.  Coconut water had it’s time in the spotlight not too long ago but has since been relegated to the back of the refrigerator.  This super hydrating, post workout cocktail is loaded with potassium.  When we sweat we lose potassium, one of the most essential elements for our muscles.  Coconut water is a perfect drink after long cardio sessions to fuel our muscles and restore fluid balance in the body; it’s low in sugar, carbs and calories too!

Kombucha has been in and out of the limelight over the past decade but we’ve done our research and agree it should be at the forefront of everyone’s diet.  Kombucha is rich in the antioxidants we need to fight the free radicals that attack our healthy cells.  In addition, kombucha contains glucosamines for joint health as well as probiotics for digestive health.

How many times have you heard “antioxidants” the past five years?  Probably pretty often, and it’s no joke!  Antioxidants are extremely important for a plethora of reasons.  But where do we find them?  Antioxidants come in many different forms and aren’t just derived from berries which many people typically believe.  Although berries are indeed an excellent source, antioxidants come from all fruits and vegetables and paying attention to color is key!  Eating a diet that varies between all the different colors of vegetation will ensure you get the most bang for your antioxidant buck.

So there you have it, our top picks for diet trends you should keep around for life and not just when they hit the cover of a magazine!  We’d love to hear your favorite diet trends that you’ve benefitted from as well!

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