4 Food Trends Taking Over in 2018

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The new year is in full swing, and that means new healthy food trends have arrived. This year is all about making wholesome and delicious foods in your own kitchen. It may seem like a lot of work but investing in simple ingredients that taste delicious will fuel your body and your mind for a productive 2018. Your friends at Neighbors Emergency Center are dedicated to helping you live at your healthiest potential. Try these easy tips to keep your 2018 a nutritious one.

Homemade Soups
Grabbing a can of soup is easy, but you’ll end up with extra sugar and artificial flavoring. You can puree your own soup and enjoy the plethora of vitamins and nutrients that come from using fresh ingredients. The great news is most homemade soups will be both vegan and gluten-free. Pureeing your own soup is fast, easy and delicious. Most standard soup recipes involve cooking your base ingredient (like tomatoes or squash) and then adding in flavorful components before blending up the mixture. Keep yourself warm tonight with this recipe for roasted butternut apple soup.

Veggie Chips
Push those potato chips aside and crunch into something a little less greasy. Several healthy food stores are offering alternative snack options that are healthier, while still satisfying your need to munch on something salty. The options are endless and include crowd favorites like crispy snap peas, brussels sprout chips and salt and vinegar roasted edamame. The best part is, you can make most of these treats at home with a few simple ingredients. Check out this recipe for homemade snap pea chips.

Carb Replacements
This year it’s out with the carbs and in with the veggies. The base for many of our favorite meals are filled with carbohydrates like pasta and rice. Nutritionists have found that you can easily use vegetables to create the same texture and flavor of rice and pasta. Rice can be replaced with cauliflower by simply breaking it down in a food processor and cooking it in additional flavors. You can also invest in a spiralizer, a new kitchen tool that can turn veggies into “noodles”. Although one of the most popular things to spiralize is zucchini, you can spiralize anything from cucumbers and bell peppers, to carrots and sweet potatoes. Check out this video and learn the basics of how to use a spiralizer with several different vegetables.

Vegan Desserts
Vegan desserts are the perfect way to indulge in a sweet treat, while allowing you to avoid dairy. Vegan foods are free of animal products including eggs and dairy items such as butter and cream. While it may seem like dairy products are essential for moist desserts like cookies or cake, plenty of recipes have easy substitutes that ensure your dessert will still have an indulgent end result. Examples include using coconut oil instead of butter, and cashew milk in lieu of cream. Enjoy this delicious recipe for vegan chocolate stuffed blondies.

We hope you find a way to introduce these new healthy food trends into your life. Neighbors Emergency Center supports your start to a healthier lifestyle. Check our Facebook page to stay updated on what Neighbors is doing in your community. With our 24-hour emergency rooms in Texas we can treat you quickly and effectively so you can get back to doing what you love.