As food prices rise and there is rising awareness of food waste, consumers are choosing to do more with their food. They are looking to root to stalk cooking, the meat free movement and to eating pulses.
Root to Stalk cooking
Today 40% of food in North America is wasted. Too much food that’s thrown away doesn’t belong in the trash. Squash skins are edible. So are kale ribs, beet greens, fennel tops, even carrot skins.
The meat-free movement continues to gain momentum. At least part time. With the latest news on the health risks of too much red meat and cured meats, adding a vegetarian meal a few days of the week is gaining traction. It helps the pocketbook too. Look for more vegan options in the fridge and freezer section.
The UN General Assembly has declared 2016 the Year of the Pulses. Pulses are part of the legume family. Dried peas, edible beans, lentils and chickpeas are the most common varieties of pulses. Pulses are very high in protein and fibre, are low in fat, and an economical protein.
Kohlrabi is the new cauliflower, which was the new kale, in case you’re keeping track. Kohlrabi is extremely versatile due to its subtle, sweet flavor and pleasing texture. The bonus is it contains only 27 calories per 100g and is inexpensive. For recipes using kohlrabi visit our new website communitynaturalfoods.com
Savory over sweet and sugar-free
Canadians have heard the message that too much sugar is bad for our health and are turning toward savory as an alternative. Look for savory yogurts, savory protein snacks like jerky, savory porridge and soups have taken over for smoothies at breakfast. Porridge is getting pumped up with miso paste and nuts and seeds.
Healthy snacks continue to grow, particularly in the savory department – think chips made with avocado, coconut oil or olive oil.
Hot this year is cashew cheese, which is generally speaking gluten-free, raw, non-gmo. Easy to make at home or pick up ready made sauces, soft cheeses and even frozen entrees made with cashew cream sauce. Add some seeds and fresh herbs to satisfy the savory.
Savory Sparkling Beverages
Fulfill your soda fix without the calories or the artificial sweeteners. Kombucha, stevia-sweetened pops, coffee and tea-inspired sparkling beverages that come unsweetened will be all the rage.
Health and Body Care – alternative is now maintstream
Consumers are becoming wary of unlisted ingredients in health and bodycare products and are looking for products with fewer ingredients, that are natural and clearly identified on the label.
Xylitol is hot in the dental department. It is available in toothpastes, mouthwash, gum and mints. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that can be extracted from any woody fibrous plant material. Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from the fibrous parts of plants. It does not break down like sugar and can also prevent bacteria from sticking to the teeth.
Aromatherapy Essential oils contain concentrated amounts of beneficial compounds that can provide therapeutic benefits in very small amounts. These scents can be very powerful for relief from headaches, nausea, stress and anxiety, to name a few.
We’re always looking to detox and epsom salts and clay are the new go to choices for 2016. An Epsom salt detox bath stimulates your lymph system and encourages increased oxygen and blood flow to our body.
Benefits of clay include helping with skin and allergy issues, relief from vomiting and diarrhea, and a source of minerals for the body.
An aging population means a great emphasis on eye health. Eye formulas, eye exercises and an emphasis on foods like leafy greens, eggs, berries, that are all rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that protect against macular degeneration and cataracts.
Maca is a member of the radish family, and is known to improve general health, balance mood and increase energy. It is available in supplement, chocolate and in a powdered form so you can add to baked goods and soup. It has a mild, earthy taste.
Should be a tasty, healthy year, and one that leaves our pocket books breathing a sigh of relief.