15 Healthy but Little-Known Foods for 2012
By Jessie Price,
Deputy Food Editor for EatingWell Magazine and Cassidy Tawse-Garcia,
Jan. 9, 2012
One telling sign
that a career in food was a good fit for me was that I've always loved
grocery shopping. I can happily spend hours browsing the aisles just to see
if I might discover something I haven't noticed before. Lucky for me, I'm
the food editor of Eating Well Magazine and I get to talk with our
team of cooks in the
Eating Well Test
Kitchen about their daily supermarket shopping trips and the new things
they've noticed during their trips up and down the aisles.
All that shopping
and talking helped us come up with this list of trendy foods for 2012.
Whether a food has become ubiquitous in the stores, something that's
generating media coverage or simply something that our readers and fans are
buzzing about, each of the foods on our list of the top 15 trendy, healthy
foods is having a moment.
from the same plant used to make tequila, agave syrup has generated lots of
buzz recently. Also known as agave nectar, it has a deep, rich flavor
that is slightly sweeter than honey. It's touted for its low glycemic index
(GI) value, meaning it won't spike your blood sugar like high-GI table
sugar. Plus, you can use about one-third less to achieve the same level of
used to be that you had to seek out a local baker to get high-quality
artisan breads. Now, chances are your local market is baking up specialty
breads right in the store. Look for breads made with heart-healthy oats,
whole-wheat flour, barley, millet and whole-grain rye.Make
your own with these Healthy Homemade Bread Recipes.
considered cabbage's "smelly" cousin, the Brussels sprout is gaining in
popularity. The veggie is packed with 130% of your daily value of
free-radical-fighting vitamin C per 1-cup serving (proof there was a reason
your mother tortured you so many years ago). When cooked properly, this
veggie tastes great! Eat
more with these delicious Brussels sprout recipes for Brussels Sprouts with
Chestnuts & Sage and more.
the growing focus on whole grains, ancient grains like farro are gaining a
following. Farro is a type of wheat traditionally used in Italy, with a
satisfying chewy texture and nutty flavor, and this whole grain can be used
in salads, soups or side dishes.
health community is buzzing about omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed and flaxmeal
(ground from flaxseed) are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based
omega-3. ALA may help to lower inflammation and increase blood flow in the
body, reducing the risk of high blood pressure and blood clots. Try
sprinkling flaxmeal on your morning cereal or adding it to a smoothie. Or
make this Chocolate Bundt Cake and more recipes with flax.
products are everywhere now with the growing awareness of celiac
disease, gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity. Eating gluten-free used
to mean kissing your love of delicious bread and baked goods goodbye, but no
longer: now you can have your (gluten-free) cake and eat it, too, when you
use one of the great gluten-free mixes available today.
Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes
and more tangy than traditional yogurt, Greek-style yogurt has become an
everyday staple for many cooks. A 6-ounce serving of nonfat Greek yogurt has
15 g of protein, 5 g more than traditional nonfat plain yogurt. (However, if
it is calcium you are after, stick with traditional yogurt that hasn't had
the whey drained from it-it has 34 percent of your daily value per 6-ounce
serving, three times more than Greek yogurt.) Creamy and delicious, Greek
yogurt makes a homemade tzatziki sauce or healthy dessert quick and easy.
varieties of tomatoes are making a comeback. Varieties like Gold Nugget,
Aunt Ginny's Purple, Big Ben and Red Zebraare now showing up in your
neighborhood market. Like all tomatoes, they are an excellent source of
vision and bone-healthy vitamin A.
semolina pasta, bigger than regular couscous, Israeli couscous is great in
soups, salads or pilafs. The small spheres are toasted, not dried, so they
have a textured nutty bite. Choose whole-wheat to get extra heart-healthy
yogurt in a glass. This fermented dairy beverage is packed with beneficial
probiotics that may help give your immune system a little extra edge. Look
for it in your local market; choose plain for less sugar and fewer calories
or fresh fruit flavors, such as peach and raspberry, for extra taste. With
29 percent of your daily value of calcium per 8-ounce serving, kefir is the
perfect choice for an on-the-go morning.