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As we head to into the New Year and start to consider a new diet plan we would like to adopt or continue, check out some of the foods that are predicted to be the trendiest in 2017.

Alternative Pasta: Alternative noodles have been steadily growing in popularity.  You can now find alternative pasta made with plant-based products, such as kelp, zucchini, or shirataki noodles, will allow you to modify some of your favorite meal choices while skipping the calories and carbs and gaining the health benefits of eating plant-based foods.  Note: Be sure to check the nutrition label to make sure the plant-based alternative pasta you choose is on-plan with your diet plan.

Purple Cauliflower: This year, foods that are full of color will be a big thing, especially purple.  Purple asparagus and purple cauliflower may find their way to a farmer’s market or plate near you.  Purple cauliflower is not only pretty but also nutritious and versatile.  Cauliflower can be steamed, sautéed, mashed, or riced.

Wellness Tonics: Wellness tonics that feature ingredients, such as holy basil, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, and maca, may be worth trying this year.  Some of the health benefits associated with consuming wellness tonics include increased metabolism, a boost in the immune system, and detoxifying benefits depending on the ingredients featured in the tonic.  Note: Be sure to check with a physician before taking tonics that could interfere with your diet plan, medications, or nutritional supplements.

Japanese-Inspired Foods: Foods from Japanese culture are increasing in popularity for various reasons and are generally diet plan friendly.  These foods are full of flavor and, in most cases, loaded with health benefits.  Sesame oil, seaweed, and plum vinegar are among the Japanese foods that will be a hit this year.  Sesame oil is high in antioxidants.  Seaweed is loaded with protein and vitamin C.  If you like to add flavor to dishes without adding calories, plum vinegar may be worth a try.

Fusion Condiments: 2017 is predicted to be a big year for creative condiments, often fusing several ethnic cuisines.  For you Pinterest pinners, look for black sesame tahini and adobo sauce to liven up dishes.

As we enter into the New Year, consider adding some of these trendy, healthy items to a few of your meals.  If nothing else, it will add some flavor and variety to old dishes that might need to be spiced up.

 

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