By Cara Rosenbloom, RD
There’s no single food that contains all of the nutrients you need for optimal health. That’s why you’ll notice that healthy plate models always have proportions of different foods, such as ½ vegetables and fruits, ¼ grains and ¼ protein-rich options (e.g., lean poultry and meat, fish and beans). When eaten daily, the right proportion of these foods can help ensure you get the nutrients your body requires.
Some people use a plate model and fill it with the same choices day after day. That’s fine, as long as you get the nutrients you need. Others are more adventurous eaters and love to experiment with different flavors from around the world. Neither is right or wrong. What counts are balance, variety and your personal taste.
And don’t shy away from being adventurous. Here are 5 food trends to keep on your must-try radar:
- Fermented drinks, such as kombucha and kefir, contain healthy probiotic bacteria that are good for overall health. Experiment with different brands, or make your own at home.
- Puffed snacks are a modern take on the cheese variety but are made with whole grains, vegetables and flavors, such as curry or quinoa and kale. They are still ultra-processed snacks but with less salt and fat than chips.
- New nut butters beyond peanut or almond butter are gaining momentum. Look for macadamia butter and roasted pumpkin seed butter.
- At-home meal kits allow you to bring global flavors into your kitchen. Your local supermarket now likely stocks pre-prepped ingredient kits (think chicken, vegetables, noodles and sauce) to make a delicious dinner at home. Or check for other delivery services in your area.
- Burger blends allow consumers to choose burgers that blend beef with plant-based foods, such as mushrooms or black beans. You get the same meaty taste with a new approach to a classic comfort food.