The food trends list are out detailing what's hot, what's not, and what you're likely to see and eat in the near future. Air frying and plant proteins are definitely in, while spiralized vegetables are on their way out. But one trend that isn’t going away anytime soon has as much to do with the food as the vessel that it’s served in. Meals served in bowls continue to be a popular trend, and grain bowls are the new black.
Forty states are expected to have water shortages over the next ten years. U.S. communities are starting to face both quality and supply issues, unrelated to drought, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). America’s agriculture sector accounts for about 80 percent of U.S. water consumption, according to the USDA.
And peanuts are the most water efficient of all nuts, using only 4.7 gallons of water to produce one serving (1 ounce) compared to almonds, for example, which use 80.4 gallons per ounce. Worldwide peanut production contributes to just 1 percent of the global water footprint, which is the measure of water used to produce goods and services.
Search the hashtag “cleaneating” on Instagram and you will find images of super-lean women taking mirror selfies at the gym. There are also photos of low-calorie, “ice-cream” and “milkshakes,” plates of only vegetables, and a bunch of guys’ washboard abs. All of these photos are sending the same message: Eat clean, and you’ll be a much more attractive person with a better life than the one you already have – the one you have while you’re eating … dirty.
Did you know that eating more plants can help your health and the environment simultaneously?
It’s true. Eating more plants and plant-based foods like peanuts is linked to better health for both you and the world around you. Going plant-forward is simply eating more plant-based foods without eliminating animal products.
Whether you’re hosting a casual backyard barbeque or an upscale dessert party, a cheese and charcuterie board is a great addition to the menu. A crowd-pleasing appetizer board doesn’t have to require much prep time, and it will keep guests occupied so you can enjoy hosting.
Spring is in the air: blooming flowers, morning birdsong, al fresco dining, and more daylight, which inevitably leads to more time in the sun.
Have you thought about how you will take care of your skin as you spend more of your days outside?
Maybe it’s sunscreen, an umbrella, protective clothing or a wide-brimmed hat – all essential tools.
But what about food?
Dietitians sometimes get a bad rap as the food police. You might think that this crowd only eats peanuts as dry roasted, unsalted nuts. Well, prepare to be amazed! Most RDNs believe healthy eating doesn’t require eliminating fat and salt or denying yourself dessert, and should be about satisfying all of your needs – mental, physical and emotional.
While the U.S. population still gets most of their protein from animal sources (meat, poultry and eggs), there is no doubt that plant-based eating is a growing trend in our country. And plant-based protein sources, including peanuts and peanut butter, lentils, beans, seeds and soy products are becoming more popular, and for good reason.
We’ve heard it since we were kids: Eat your veggies.
But they are classically the food on the dinner plate that is least exciting, and for some, eating vegetables has felt more like an obligation than a pleasure.
Now, veggies are where it’s at. In fact, chefs throughout the country are making them the priority instead of the afterthought.
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