Slideshow Wellbeing

Say Yes! to the biggest 2016 health trends

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What’s IN and OUT is a result of a modern consumer oriented society and honestly, sometimes it gets a bit old. It can change every season, in fact, it does, and then just like that comes back next season as the ultimate must do or must have. 
We picked a few emerging health trends that make sense to us and are actually beneficial.

1 — Fermentation, fermentation!
Have you ever thought of sauerkraut as your guts new best friend? Well, you should! Not just sauerkraut but all foods that have been through a process of lacto fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. Besides the preservation of the food, this process creates various strains of probiotics, tons of beneficial enzymes, Omega 3 fatty acids, bunch of B-vitamins,… Kimchi, pickles, kombucha, miso, microalgae, kefir, these are your sources for healthy intestinal flora. Get creative and make tons of home made kefir or kombucha for a few euros.

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Left: Home made kefir thekitchn.com, Right: Kombucha healthygreenkitchen.com

2 — Seaweed is the best weed
Sometimes it takes a bit of time to truly accept and start to enjoy the taste of seaweed. Especially if seafood in general is not your cuisine to go to, you need to camouflage its strong taste persona.
It used to be all about kale, but in 2016 seaweed is taking its throne. And righteously so. Skyrocketing amounts of calcium, protein, antioxidants, iodine, vitamin B12, vitamin A and fiber make seaweed a true nutrition champion.
Check out some amazing recipes on: Everyday Escapism

3 — Bowl it up globally!
Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Just put it in the bowl and serve it. That’s how it’s done these days. Without a doubt, popularity of different ethnic groups played an important role in combining Latin, Asian, African, Indian cuisines. What better way than to experiment a bit, mix it all up and create a big bowl of goodness – globowl.
Grains as farro, kamut, quinoa, noodles or rice are combined with protein sources and variety of sauces and toppings from all around the world. Options and combinations are numerous. So forget about the boring morning oatmeal or granola bowl, treat your taste buds to a journey of endless taste explosions from all around the globe in a single bowl – globowl.
Create some good karma with this crazy delicious Buddha bowl

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Sweet potato chickpea Buddha Bowl, Minimalist Baker

4 — Going bananas for banana flour
Banana flour is made exclusively out of green bananas and gained its initial recognition because of the fact that is gluten free. But that is nearly not all; banana flour contains a great amount of vitamins, minerals and most importantly resistant starch. This type of starch is a carbohydrate that behaves like fiber and helps to control blood sugar levels, increased intakes may reduce risk of obesity, diabetes and colon cancer. Fiber like behavior also keeps as feeling fuller for longer, besides the fact that because resistant starch cannot be completely absorbed by the body, we also take fewer calories from it.

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Paleo Chocolate Strawberry Donuts (made with Banana flour), Athletic Avocado

5 — Nooch a. k. a. nutritional yeast
If you are a vegan or lacto intolerant, nooch is probably an old friend, especially when your pasta needs some cheesy-nutty like flavor booster.  Flavoring is derived from sugarcane or beet molasses, fortified with vitamins, especially B12. It’s a complete protein, which means that it contains an adequate proportion of all nine essential amino acids we need to function. Another great thing about nooch is that is low in fat and sodium, free of sugar and gluten and can be used in various dishes, sauces; sprinkle it on salads or popcorn.
Take 10 minutes out of your schedule and make this easy but delicious nooch cheese sauce. You won’t regret it!

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Nooch Cheese Sauce, Elephantastic Vegan

6 — Out with the fitness classes for the masses
So basically what we are saying is that maybe you should take a look beyond formatted exercise classes like zumba, body pump, step aerobics. Structure of these classes is to follow instructors demonstrated or cued motions. Usually we are talking about a big group of people which is limited only by space available.
Group personal training on the other hand is done in much smaller groups. But the main difference is that personal trainer is also a coach. Each student is treated as individual and advised accordingly. Students are often doing different exercises inside the program, at their own pace, level of fitness or ability. Makes sense? We sure think so.

fitness7 — Gluten-free diets are not for everybody, ya’ll!
If you don’t live in the deep woods, you’ve heard about the gluten-free craze. Suddenly man’s biggest enemy was a protein found in wheat, barley, rye – gluten.
The reality is that according to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness only 1 percent of population suffers from autoimmune disorder, celiac disease. Small intestines of the affected can’t process gluten properly and it causes a serious response in their digestive system. So, if you are not one of them or allergic to gluten, going gluten free wont give you any additional health benefits.
So lets bring back from the back shelf our former best friends: whole-grain products. Vitamins, phytochemicals, minerals, fiber are nutritional benefits found in healthy carbohydrates that play a huge role in keeping our bodies in balance. Cheers to that with a glass of cold (not gluten-free) beer!

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8 — Sayonara to cold-pressed fruit juices
Juicing has become a multibillion industry and a status symbol. It was just plain cool to be carrying a 6 euros bottle of fresh squeezed juice with a cute label on it. And it kind of made you feel healthy and slimmer.
Juicing is not all bad, but the fact is that if you want to maintain the nutritional integrity of produce, nature gave you the best portion and structure for its intake.
If you crave apples, oranges, strawberries, mangos, eat them like they come. Eating a whole fruit takes longer to digest, provides you with more sustainable energy plus chewing our food produces enzymes in our mouth that help break down the sugars. And juices are full of sugar and often in lack of fiber. So, don’t be part of the hype and just take a bite. It wont bite you back!

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Masa Marolt

Maša Marolt is a graphic designer and a copywriter by profession and a vegan by heart. She is a certified yoga teacher with a passion for travel and strong coffee.
Her essentials for happy life include following your inner path and being surrounded by loving people and at least two cats.

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  • joybomer@icloud.com'
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    joy
    10 February 2016 at 10 h 40 min

    Thanks for mentioning my seaweed post!

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