Healthy eating trends from Whole Foods Market

Make healthy eating easy with these simple tips.

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Welcome to 2016! I am willing to bet at least 75% of my readers list healthy eating among their resolutions or goals they have set for this year. I know I certainly have. I am working hard to lose weight and end this year better than I began it. Whole Foods knows that many of us are striving to eat better this year, and has compiled this list of ways to better what you put into your body.

1.   Experimenting with seasonal produce varieties: shoppers are enjoying the subtle differences in taste, texture, mouth feel, etc. that different varieties can deliver. Shoppers arent just seeking green or red apples; theyre looking for Honeycrisps, Fujis or Sweet Tangos, etc. For sweet potatoes, theyre finding Hannah, Jewel, Garnet, Japanese or Purple Stokes. And the list goes on!

2.   Non-Potato Chips – chips made from other grains/starches/proteins like lentils, quinoa and beans are on the rise. Shoppers can choose from everything from bean and chickpea-based chips to taro and heritage sweet potatoes and even sprouted grains.

3.   Mollusks! – weve seen more than a 10 percent increase in oyster sales over the past two years, with mussels close behind at 6 percent growth. Mollusks like these are among the greenest, cleanest things you can eat since theyre a low-calorie, low-cholesterol source of protein and one of the highest zinc foods you can find.

4.   No antibiotics – Studies continue to come out in support of the reduction of antibiotic use in animal farming, boosting customer interest. Whole Foods Market has been leading this trend since 1981 when we committed to only selling meat and seafood raised without the use of sub-therapeutic antibiotics (or added growth hormones).  

5.   Minimally processed meat: even in traditionally processed meat items like sausage and deli meats, people are seeking fewer ingredients and less processing.

6.   Biodynamic farming: this holistic approach to organic agriculture encompasses environmental and ethical stewardship. Over the past three years, we’ve introduced more than two dozen Biodynamic certified choices to the market, including never-before-seen choices.

7.   Higher protein snack bars (using animal protein vs. powders): Our shoppers are increasingly looking for simple, low-sugar, high-protein options with just a few high-quality ingredients. In particular, weve seen a big uptick in interest of animal protein-based bars, where the animals were raised without the use of antibiotics or added hormones.

8.   Plant-based everything: The movement to “eat mostly plants” means theyre starting to show up in some unexpected places, including veggies in yogurt, desserts, vegan cheeses and plant-derived body and hair care to name a few.

9.   Culture Craze, fermented foods and probiotics: Whether shoppers are seeking gut health or go-for-it flavor, fermented foods and probiotics are growing like good bacteria. The culture trend is showing up in a huge array of categories and products, like Korean gochujang, kimchi, sauerkraut, and a slew of dairy products and beverages like kefir.

I know that I do my best to eat minimally processed and antibiotic free meat, and Whole Foods gives me many options when I’m doing my shopping.

Another thing I do to increase my veggie intake is to substitute veggies for pasta. This is one of my favorite recipes, and it’s SO easy and only 60 calories per serving:

Healthy eating Raw vegetable pasta tomatoes and herbs
healthy eating raw vegetable pasta
2 zucchini squash, shaved thinly lengthwise with a vegetable peeler
2 yellow summer squash, shaved thinly lengthwise with a vegetable peeler
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
5 oil-packed sundried tomatoes, drained and thinly sliced
1/2 shallot, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped basil
1 teaspoon finely chopped oregano

In a large bowl, gently toss together all ingredients. Transfer to a platter and serve immediately.

What are your favorite healthy eating tips?

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