This year will go down in history as the year where mindful eating habits trended more than fashion and babies on social media, (only to be 'trumped' by other political upsets, currency catastrophes and emotional outburst as a result of them). Uber health food trends ruled the roost—from everything that’s gluten-free, plant-based diets to some delectable brews.
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This year will go down in history as the year where mindful eating habits trended more than fashion and babies on social media, (only to be 'trumped' by other political upsets, currency catastrophes and emotional outburst as a result of them). Uber health food trends ruled the roost—from everything that’s gluten-free, plant-based diets to some delectable brews.

Chia Seeds as a Healthy Food Trend

Chia/Sabja Seeds: A Healthy Dose of Good Fats

This modern-day, plant-based superfood is indigenous to Latin America and grow on a plant called Salvia hispanica. It’s been a staple of the ancient Mayans. These tiny seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch and are loaded with fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and the Vitamin B family. And are great if you’re watching the scales, just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds contain only around 100 calories. Sprinkle them over your leafy salad or consume as an add-on to your breakfast for a burst of energy. But wait! You don’t need to shell out your hard earned cash (literally), it’s Indian cousin Sabja seeds, added generously to the Bombay Falooda, is equally nutritious.

Rooibos herbal-tea as a Healthy Food Trend

Rooibos Tea: Fight Cholesterol

If you thought green, lemon and ginseng were the healthiest types of tea it’s time you add rooibos tea to your in-office tea box. This red-coloured herbal tea is made from the leaves of rooibos bush. According to a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology levels of triglycerides and cholesterol went down in people who were at risk of heart problems after having the red tea for 6 weeks. The tea is also caffeine-free and boosts the immune system.

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Cold Brewed Coffee as a Healthy Food Trend

Cold Brewed Coffee: Get an Antioxidant Punch

A win for coffee bandits worldwide. This chilled alternative is made by steeping coffee grounds in cold water for a couple of hours. The health benefit? Coffee’s antioxidants, natural oils and fatty acids, which typically get destroyed because of heating, remain intact. Which in the end gives the cold beverage a smoother and less bitter taste.

Pulses as a Healthy Food Trend

Pulses: Protein Powerhouse

As subcontinent dwellers, pulses are a staple for us—but with The United Nations declaring 2016 the year of the pulses, the world is discovering the goodness (both nutritional and sustainable) of lentils and chickpeas which are high in fibre and protein. Other than consuming them in the traditional way, you can experiment as flour for bread and baked goods.

Amaranth-Seeds as a Healthy Food Trend

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Amaranth Rajgira: A Nutrient Boost

This ancient grain of the future, like its whole grain family—quinoa, millet and sorghum—is packed with Vitamin B and fibre. Amaranth is gluten-free and high in calcium, magnesium, iron and protein—all the nutrients which are tough to find in a vegetarian diet. This super-versatile grain can be made into stews, porridge, puddings and home-made granola bars.

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