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Healthy Eating: 10 Trendy Foods to Try!

Nutritional Yeast Fried Squash Blossoms

Nutritional Yeast Fried Squash Blossoms

When it comes to healthy eating it’s a good idea to keep your kitchen stocked with useful ingredients that will help you bring new life to your favorite recipes. All while keeping your family healthy! Here are 10 trendy foods to try. These are foods that may be new to you and your family – but since they can improve your healthy cooking meals – you may want to give them a look. Healthy eating has definitely improved over time – it’s more delicious than ever to feed your family well – and these foods and ingredients prove that. Have you tried these trendy healthy eating foods? Plus recipe links for each food!..

Peruse the photo slideshow – then check out my recipe links for each food below.

Healthy Eating: 10 Trendy Foods to Try!

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  • Quinoa 1 of 20
    Quinoa
    Fluffy quinoa has a nutty flavor kids and adults will love!
  • Quinoa for Breakfast 2 of 20
    Quinoa for Breakfast
    Quinoa pairs well with fruit - try cherries and quinoa.
  • Nutritional Yeast 3 of 20
    Nutritional Yeast
    Nutritional yeast flakes are a must-have pantry item for creating dairy-free cheezy, savory, healthy recipes!
  • Cheez and Peas 4 of 20
    Cheez and Peas
    Nutritional Yeast creates savory, cheezy, creamy pasta recipes.
  • Acai Berries 5 of 20
    Acai Berries
    Perky little berries rich in antioxidants.
  • Acai Smoothie 6 of 20
    Acai Smoothie
    Frosty acai bliss.
  • Tahini 7 of 20
    Tahini
    Tahini adds creamy texture without adding dairy. Made from sesame seeds.
  • Carrot Tahini Slaw 8 of 20
    Carrot Tahini Slaw
    Slaws are a perfect use for tahini!
  • Tempeh Cubes 9 of 20
    Tempeh Cubes
    Tempeh is a delicious alternative to tofu.
  • Tempeh Bacon 10 of 20
    Tempeh Bacon
    Try savory sweet tempeh bacon, also called "facon" - fried or baked!
  • Coconut Water 11 of 20
    Coconut Water
    All natural coconut water is rich in electrolytes.
  • Coconut Water Frosty 12 of 20
    Coconut Water Frosty
    Coconut water blends up sweet, frosty beverages for hydration.
  • Soba Noodles 13 of 20
    Soba Noodles
    Pasta-lovers, give hearty soba noodles a try.
  • Soba Noodles with Mushrooms 14 of 20
    Soba Noodles with Mushrooms
    Beech mushrooms and chilled citrus soba noodles - healthy and delicious.
  • Maple Syrup Grades 15 of 20
    Maple Syrup Grades
    Try grade b maple syrup, darker color, bolder flavor.
  • Maple Pineapple 16 of 20
    Maple Pineapple
    Maple syrup drizzled over fresh fruit is a delicious treat!
  • Hemp Seeds 17 of 20
    Hemp Seeds
    Hemp seeds on oatmeal for breakfast.
  • Peach Hemp Smoothie 18 of 20
    Peach Hemp Smoothie
    Hemp milk blends up creamy, protein-rich smoothies.
  • Mache 19 of 20
    Mache
    Buttery, tender mache lettuce - also called lambs lettuce.
  • Lasagna Verde – with Mache Pesto 20 of 20
    Lasagna Verde - with Mache Pesto
    Exotic greens add life to your fave recipes.

1. Quinoa
This super grain that is actually a seed is a fun ingredient to add to your pantry. It is gluten-free and rich in essentioal amino acids – quite “high” in protein for a grain-like seed. Fluffy and fun for kids to enjoy.
Recipes to try:
Fluffy Quinoa How-to
Quinoa Wrap
5 Fab Quinoa Recipes
Quinoa for Breakfast

2. Nutritional Yeast
It’s easy to make savory, cheezy flavored foods with this nutrient-infused ingredient. Nutritional yeast is the healthier way to make dishes like Mac ‘n Cheez and Cheezy Broccoli Soup – and more. Nutritional yeast is 100% vegan and infused with a number of super healthy nutrients like enzymes and even vitamin b12.
Recipes to Try:
Nutrional Yeast 101
Pasta, Cheez and Peas
Vegan Mac & Cheez
Cheezy Roasted Broccoli and Quinoa
Nutri Yeast “Breaded” and Stuffed Fried Squash Blossoms

3. Acai
Acai is a super berry that is packed with antioxidants. It’s rich chocolate-y flavor makes it a delicious and healthy addition to smoothies. Acai comes in juice blends or you can find acai smoothie packs in your freezer. You can even find acai smoothies at mainstream spots like Jamba Juice!
Recipes to Try:
Blueberry Acai Smoothie
Mango Acai Smoothie
Dark & Frosty Acai Smoothie – plus how-to VIDEO

4. Tahini
Tahini is basically ground up sesame seeds. Tahini is incredibly useful in adding creaminess to your recipes without adding high fat dairy products like mayo and sour cream – both of which can contain saturated fats. Since tahini is made from seeds, it has a nutty, perky flavor that combines well with a number of veggies.
Recipes to Try:
Easy Tahini Curried Carrot Slaw – with tofu cubes
Tahini Carrot Slaw with hemp seeds
Seedy Tahini Cole Slaw
Two-Minute Apple Tahini Salad
Lemon Pepper Tahini Broccoli

5. Tempeh
Tempeh is like the sophisticated version of tofu. It’s also considered healthier to some. It is less processed than tofu because it is made from whole fermented soybeans. And the fermentation factor adds additional nutrients. It has a firm texture and nutty flavor. Delicious when added to wraps or on top of salads. Tempeh absorbs flavors quite well – just like tofu. Try lemon pepper or smoky maple tempeh.
Recipes to Try:
Smoky Tempeh Wrap
Tempeh Bacon
Map-otle Tempeh Croutons - over Broccoli Jack Soup
Tempeh vs. Tofu Facts – and recipes
Sunny Tempeh Morning Bagel with mushrooms

6. Coconut Water
Coconut Water is another trendy food that is trendy for a reason – it’s healthy! It is an electrolyte-infused hydratyion beverage that is 100% natural – most brands are free of added sugars or flavors. More potassium than a banana and only 60 calories per serving.
Recipes to Try:
Coconut Water Frosty
Coconut Water Blind Taste Test

7. Soba
If you are a fan of pasta you may want to give soba noodles a try. These buckwheat noodles are quite healthy because they are high in fiber and rich in grain nutrients – less processed than traditiobnal white semolina flour pasta. Soba nodles have a nutty flavor. Use in dishes like Pad Thai and Savory Peanut Noodles.
Recipes to Try:
Vegan Pad Thai with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Soba Noodle How-to and Facts
Citrus Soba Noodles – with beech mushrooms

8. Grade B Maple Syrup
I know you’ve tried grade A maple syrup – it is by far the most common grade found in stores – but have you ever tried the deeper toned, more caramelized flavored grade B maple syrup? Because it is a deeper color, you can tell that grade B is infused with more nutrients than the light amber maple you often see poured on pancakes. Grade B maple syrup was made famous when it was added as a pantry item for the “Master Cleanse Diet” – lemon juice and cayenne are other key pantry items in the diet. Grade B is hard to find, but if you spot it in stores – give it a try.
Recipes to Try:
Maple Syrup Grades 101
Maple Peanut Banana Bread Waffles
Coconut Maple Cream Cashew Chai Pancakes
Maple Corn Muffins

9. Hemp
Hemp is not what you think it is – nowadays. Hemp is a complete protein food that can add flavor and variety to your diet. Hemp is a nutrient powerhouse since it is rich in healthy omega fats and all the essential amino acids. Perfect for vegetarian diets. You can find hemp int he form of hemp oil, hemp seeds, hemp flour, hemp-based frozen desserts and even hemp milk.
Recipes to Try:
Non-Dairy Milk Guide
Slaw with Hemp Seeds
Fresh Peach Hemp Smoothie

10. Greens, Greens, Greens!
Greens are trendy. Yes they are. Don’t believe me? Well it’s true greens like spinach and romaine have been around for ages – but new-to-most gourmet gren varieties are popping up everywhere. These gourmet greens may add like and variety to your salad recipes and green sparkle to your nightly meals. Try buttery mache, spicy arugula, complex radicchio, crunchy endive, bitter escarole, lively frisee and more!
Recipes to Try:
Exotic Greens 101
Tomato Tempeh Mache Pita
Not Just Lettuce – 10 greens to try
Mache Pesto – lasagna verde
Fennel Arugula Citrus Salad
Arugula Mango Avocado Macadamia Nut Salad

What are your favorite trendy health food ingredients??

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