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5 Foods To Try In 2015

December 31, 2014
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5 Foods To Try In 2015

{Disclosure: Hass Avocados, which are mentioned in this post, hosted me [Regan] as a part of a nutrition-education dinner in Atlanta recently. I was compensated for my time to attend that event.}

The blog world is full of re-caps and round-ups from 2014 right now, but let's be honest -- we've moved on! We're excited and anxious about all the healthy, tasty new recipes we expect to see in 2015. Year after year Healthy Aperture bloggers amaze us with their creativity and ability to make healthy look nothing but amazingly delicious! The following 5 foods are the ones we're excited to see new recipes for the most. And here's why:  

1. Hass Avocados

5 Foods To Try In 2015

While avocados aren't new to the "healthy" food scene, they continue to amaze us with the ways in which bloggers use them in recipes (other than our all time-fave guac, of course.) It used to be that when people talked about "adding healthy fats" to the diet, avocado only got the "salad or sandwich" mention. But thanks to the creativity of today's food blogs, we're now seeing avocado as a fat replacement in muffins, cakes, breads and even frozen desserts

And this substitution doesn't just come with a culinary benefit (avocados are amazingly smooth and creamy, lending themselves perfectly to any culinary application that would otherwise require a "solid fat" #JustSayNoToShortening). The nutrition benefits abound -- including fiber (to help slow digestion and aid in "regularity"), potassium (good for heart health and muscle function) and one of the most elusive vitamins, vit E. But the biggest benefit may be their "nutrient booster" ability since they help the body absorb more nutrients, particularly vitamin A. 

Try this: Easy Grapefruit Panna Cotta with Herbed Honey

 

2. Brussels Sprouts

5 Foods To Try In 2015

Brussels sprouts have spent a long time on the list of least-favorite vegetables, but they are slowly gaining popularity due to their versatility. They can be eaten raw or cooked, roasted or steamed. They pair well with other vegetables but can also be combined with fruits like apples to make a delicious side dish. Brussels sprouts are high in Vitamins C & K, full of antioxidants and have fiber to help fill you up!

Still not convinced? Think Brussels sprouts are just "too bitter?" Take a tip from one of our culinary friends and try always at least cutting them in half. Word on the street that cutting them open "releases the bitterness." We're not really sure why it works, but it does! Give them a try in this: Chopped Brussels Sprout Salad with Orange Vinaigrette via Easy As Apple Pie

3. Farro

5 Foods To Try In 2015

If you're tired of eating the same rice and pasta, the new year is a great time to add some new whole grains to your diet. Farro has a chewy texture and is packed with fiber and protein. Use it in dishes where you typically use rice.

Try this: Sausage & Farro Stuffed Squash via The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

4. Sauerkraut (and other fermented foods)

5 Foods To Try In 2015

Fermented foods may not sound appealing, but don't let that scare you away! Foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir & kombucha contain probiotics which are great for your digestive health! They can also help strengthen your immune system and fight inflammation. For more info on fermented foods, check out The Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

Ready to add some fermented foods to your diet? Try this: Turkey Pastrami Reuben via The Roasted Root

5. Yogurt - Savory style

5 Foods To Try In 2015

Yogurt itself isn't a popular new trend. It's been popular for years as a breakfast option or an on-the-go snack and it's a great way to add calcium and protein to your diet . Most people choose sweet varieties but savory-style yogurt is gaining popularity. Plain yogurt, which is free of added sugar, can be used in salad dressing, sauces, casseroles to add creaminess to your favorite dishes.

Want to try it? Make this: Chipotle Greek Yogurt Pasta Salad via Nibbles and Noshes

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Want more? Try one of these recipes that combines 2 or more of our 5 foods to try:

Kabocha Squash Curry with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Farro 
Brussels Sprouts Sauerkraut 
Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Avocado

And tell us -- what foods are you most excited to try in 2015? What do you expect the hottest food trends to be? 

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Healthy Aperture is a unique image-based recipe discovery platform. It is the only site of its kind moderated by registered dietitians and solely focused on healthy food blogs. Basically, we expose the best of what’s healthy to eat on the web. As the only food blog photo sharing site founded and hosted by registered dietitians, Healthy Aperture prides itself on publishing only the finest food imagery created by bloggers of healthy food.
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