Each year it seems health food trends get increasingly stranger, yet also more appealing. The following four food trends are testament to the versatility and creativity inherent in the wellness scene. From putting butter in your coffee to enjoying a cricket flour cake, take your health and senses to a new level of awesomeness.
1. Butter coffee
Sounds strange to add butter to your coffee, but it may be the best thing you can do for yourself. Butter coffee boasts the ability to sustain your energy for up to 6 hours, replace your morning breakfast and help you to burn fat all day long. Butter replaces casein proteins found in cream and milk and thus makes for an easier-to-digest alternative to your regular coffee add-ins. Stick to unsalted butter, ghee or coconut oil. Check out Bulletproof to get inspired to change your Morning Joe game. Experiment making your own and see if this trend is fit for your lifestyle. Food trends come and go, but butter coffee is definitely one that should stay!
2. Charcoal cleanse
This isn’t the charcoal you use for barbecue – we’re talking about “activated” charcoal. Activated charcoal is a negatively charged carbon that is treated with oxygen. This process creates a natural magnet for positively charged (acidic) toxins. So, when you consume charcoal, you are helping to pull out gunk from your digestive tract – from pesticides to neurotoxins to mucous. L.A.’s Juice Served Here and New York City’s Juice Generation now offer activated charcoal juice blends.
3. Bone broth
If you are a vegetarian or vegan, this is one of the food trends that isn’t fit for you. Bone broth is making waves for its incredible health benefits. Bone broth is a stock that is made from simmering bits of meat, vegetables and aromatics in water for longer than the regular 4-6 hours than traditional stock cooks – bone broth cooks for 24-48 hours. Bone broth is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, especially calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. It is also packed with the amino acids proline and glycine, which are essential in repairing connective tissue, synthesizing DNA, RNA and bodily proteins, boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation, regulating blood sugar levels and balancing hormones. These amino acids also improve memory, boost mood, reduce stress and repair muscles. Make your own!
4. Cricket flour
Before you chirp and run away, read why cricket flour may be taking over the world sometime soon. Crickets are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats and they're not nearly as land intensive to raise as animals. New York City restaurant The Black Ant already serves up sautéed grasshoppers. Chapul makes gourmet cricket bars and Six Foods sells chirps, or cricket flour tortilla chips. Meanwhile, Bitty makes baked goods with cricket flour.
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