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Top 10 Healthy Food Trends Of 2017

10 Healthy Food Trends Of 2017

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Can healthy food ever go out of fashion? Not at all! We all need to eat healthy food to refuel ourselves and stay fit. Healthy food trends keep changing with every passing year! Here are some healthy food trends that are going to rule the new year!

1) Comfort food that is vegetarian

Veggies are said to increase on the food plate as animal proteins and heavy stuff make way for veg options. In the comfort food searches, there is an upsurge in the word – ‘veggies’ according to Pinterest. This means that people are more into veggies and would probably have mashed cauliflower instead of rice.

2) Bean pastas

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Even though 2016 was a year of the pulse and beans, things are going to be bigger in 2017. Ever heard of grain free bean pastas? Yes, they exist. These are made out of bean flours alone and are high in fibre and protein. Get set to see them in the market soon!

3) Fermented foods

In 2016, fermented foods were the in thing but the trend is only going to increase this year. Gut health is a trending topic and that makes people eat kimchi, yogurt, idli and dosa more often!

4) Veggie chips

Right from beets to kale, veggie snacks will pop up in supermarkets soon. You can also make your own veggie chips at home!

5) Seaweed

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Low in calories and high in nutrients, seaweed is packed with nutrition. It is great to see it in most foods. The seaweed trend is on the rise. Do include it in your diet!

6) Alternative sugars

There exist more alternatives to white sugar such as date sugar and coconut sugar. They have a unique flavour but those switching to them should also be careful as too much of any sugar is bad for your blood sugar, waistline and heart health.

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7) Jerky

With protein given the numero uno position, jerky is a good idea. Beef jerky should be grass-fed and the ingredient list (i.e. added sodium) should be simple. There is also lamb and seafood jerky. Do keep a watch so that you don’t overdo the sodium part.

8) Turmeric

The west has literally gone crazy over this particular ingredient which is a staple in every Indian kitchen. It isn’t going to budge from its position in 2017 too! Turmeric has curcumin in it which is regarded as a super healthy compound. Have more of Turmeric lattes this new year!

9) Vegan food

Benefits Of Going Vegan

More and more people are going vegan as there is a belief that abstaining from meat, eggs and dairy can help one live longer, be healthier and lose more weight. Even part-time vegan diet is in vogue. You will see more vegan stuff on grocery stores.

10) Grain bowls

Grain bowls have whole grains, a layer of veggies, protein, and some sauce. These bowls are versatile as everyone can add or remove something from it. You can try a healthy grain bowl this year.

Hope you are all excited to try a hand at these health food trends of 2017!

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The 4-Week HIIT Plan for Beginners

Even if you’re new to exercise, you’ve still probably at least heard of HIIT when it comes to working out. High-intensity interval training offers many benefits including improving your cardiovascular health, fitness level, stamina and endurance in addition to burning more fat and calories in less time.

While HIIT training can be an intense way to work out, the great news is your level of exertion is relative to your fitness level. As a beginner, even walking intervals can be used for this type of training — if an adequate amount of intensity is achieved.

This four-week HIIT plan for beginners is designed to introduce you to interval training and ease into it safely — gradually building up your threshold and ability to handle more intensity over time. To help avoid injury and overtraining, we’ve also included suggested weekly cross-training schedules to help you create a balanced fitness program.

Starting tomorrow, we’ll share a new, full-length video featuring a HIIT-style routine for you to try each week, along with a suggested weekly workout schedule that builds into a complete routine.

HERE’S YOUR WEEKLY WORKOUT OVERVIEW:

Week 1: HIIT for Beginners: Walking Intervals

Week 2: HIIT for Beginners: Body-Weight Strength Circuit

Week 3: HIIT for Beginners: Kickboxing Intervals

Week 4: HIIT for Beginners: Cardio Intervals

Please be sure to listen to your body throughout the sessions. Modify or skip any moves that are too much for your current level. (I’ll also provide options throughout the routines to help you make them work for you.)

TELL US YOU’RE IN!

Leave a comment below, and let us know that you’ll be joining us in this series. You can also check in on social media using the hashtag #MyFitnessPal (also tag @MyFitnessPal). We’re here to support each other and be accountable. Don’t be shy, we’re in this together!

Looking for a full at-home program that includes everything from high-intensity interval training to total-body strength training, brain fitness, prehab exercises and more? Check out “Walk STRONG: 6 Week Total Transformation System!” This balanced program has everything you need to succeed, including online support and accountability. Save 20% when you use the exclusive MyFitnessPal promo code “3Z74EZAT” at checkout on Amazon.com.

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5 Convenient Chicken Casseroles Under 350 Calories

Nothing warms an oven quite like a chicken casserole. This comfort-inducing dish is a complete, nutritious meal-in-one: veggies, grains and lean meat baked up with a crispy, cheesy crust. Enjoying a cut of chicken casserole shouldn’t blow your calorie budget, so we’ve compiled 5 convenient recipes under 350 calories per serving.

1. CHICKEN ZUCCHINI ENCHILADA CASSEROLE | iFOODREAL

If you crave a comforting casserole but have a smaller carb budget, bake a pan of this enchilada casserole. Traditional high-carb pasta is replaced with thinly sliced zucchini then layered with shredded chicken and savory mozzarella. You can bask in this cheesy goodness hot out of the oven or store in the freezer for a future, fuss-free weeknight meal. If sodium is an issue for you, be sure to use low-sodium tomato sauce. Recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 259; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 76mg; Sodium: 647mg; Carbohydrate: 16g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 29g

2. CHICKEN ALFREDO BAKED ZITI | GIMME SOME OVEN

Chicken alfredo is clearly a kid favorite, and it’s friendly on your food budget, too. Lighten up this creamy dish using this recipe for alfredo sauce that subs in low-fat milk for heavy cream. To get more vegetables with your casserole add steamed broccoli, fresh or frozen spinach or blanched zucchini before baking. Recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 341; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 48mg; Sodium: 574mg; Carbohydrate: 37g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 27g

3. SPIRALIZED MEXICAN SWEET POTATO CHICKEN CASSEROLE | SKINNYTASTE

Spice up your casserole game with this recipe for sweet potato chicken casserole. If you have a spiralizer this is the perfect time to use it, and if you don’t just grate the sweet potatoes instead. Sweet potatoes add natural sweetness, fiber, vitamin A and color to your dish. Recipe makes 6 servings at 11/2 cups each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 335; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 84mg; Sodium: 447mg; Carbohydrate: 32g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 26g

4. HEALTHY BROCCOLI CHICKEN CASSEROLE | SLIM SANITY

Cook up a healthier casserole with this broccoli chicken version, which uses nonfat Greek yogurt to give a creamy texture. The recipe adds canned water chestnuts for extra crunch and sweetness, but feel free to omit them if they’re not available at your grocery store. Recipe makes 6 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 298; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 28mg; Sodium: 400mg; Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 31g

5. CHICKEN & ZUCCHINI RICE CASSEROLE | COOKING LIGHT

This colorful casserole tosses cooked chicken breast with tender zucchini coins and fluffy rice. To save time, bookmark this recipe for a day when you have leftover cooked rice and rotisserie chicken. If you have extra time on your hands, try making the recipe from start to finish and enjoy a wholesome meal. Recipe makes 4 servings at 11/4 cups each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 337; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 56mg; Sodium: 592mg; Carbohydrate: 38g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 24g

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