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Published on January 20, 2016

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5 trendy foods you might see (or try) in 2016

Each new year brings interesting and exciting new trends in almost every category, from fashion to fitness. When it comes to food, each year introduces a new list of wacky ingredients and culinary ideas you've never tried (or even heard of) before. Here are five health-trendy foods you might see more of in 2016:

  1. Sea Greens: Move over kale! Seaweed is the new green to get excited about in 2016. While seaweed contains vitamins A, C, and calcium, its best-known benefit is that it's a great source of iodine. Consuming adequate amounts of iodine is important for a healthy-functioning thyroid, which helps to produce and regulate hormones in your body. Seaweed is most commonly found in Asian dishes such as seaweed salad and sushi.
  2. Chickpeas: The bean may be stepping into the spotlight for a reason other than hummus thanks to chickpea flour, which is becoming a popular flour substitution in gluten-free products. It's high in protein and can be found in most grocery stores. It may be found disguised under names such as panisse, socca, panelle and Cecina in restaurants.
  3. Matcha: Made from green tea leaves which are ground into a powder then whisked into a liquid such as water or milk and served as a beverage or added to foods. It's rich in catechins, a type of antioxidant touted for cancer-fighting properties. Matcha can be found in everything from muffins and ice cream to smoothies and lattes. It is unique because it maintains its bright green hue in the recipes it's used in. Green cupcakes, anyone?
  4. Bone Broth: Though bone broth has been around for centuries, it's making a comeback. Higher in protein than regular beef stock it also provides collagen, which helps form connective tissue and repairs skin. It's made by cooking bones for several hours with acidic ingredients like tomatoes and vinegar. It touts health claims such as improving post workout recovery, easing irritable bowel diseases, relieving cold and flu symptoms and even boosting satiety at meals.
  5. Seeds: In addition to long-time favorites such as pumpkin, sunflower and flax seeds, new-comers like chia and hemp seeds are becoming more and more popular. Seeds are a nutritional powerhouse, packed with healthy fats, fiber and protein. They are also naturally gluten-free, and can be ground into flours, blended into smoothies and found in pre-made products such as crackers, energy bars and granola.

Though the health benefits certainly sound amazing, you don't have to eat only trendy foods to be healthy. All whole foods contain vitamins, minerals and properties that promote good health. Balance, moderation and variety are the key to a healthy diet.

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