Top 10 Health Food Trends of 2016

From Instagram worthy açai bowls to protein-packed pulse foods, these trending health foods have been heralded for their stellar nutritional profiles. Here, we reveal the top 10 trends that have health eaters and experts buzzing.

2. Bone Broth

Bone Broth

Bone broth, particularly beef bone broth, is everywhere these days. Incredibly nutritious and easy to make, this healing food is best consumed when you’re feeling a little under the weather.

1. Açai Bowls

 Açai Bowls

Popping up all over Instagram, this diet-friendly breakfast combines the nutritious taste of a fruit smoothie with the crunch and satisfaction of granola. The açai berry is full of antioxidants (like other berries), but it’s the store-bought packets that make these morning bowls something to talk about.

3. Tempeh


Tofu’s tastier cousin, fermented soybeans are packed into a chewy, dense wedges that even meat-eaters adore. Turned into comforting “bacon” slices atop veggie burgers or crumbled into salads, this protein-rich health food is here to stay.

4. Hemp Hearts

Hemp Hearts

Hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds) offer a slightly nutty taste, and are typically sprinkled on cereal, yogurt and salads. A complete plant-based protein and high in healthy fats including omega-3 and omega-6, it’s time you give this top-rated superfood a try.

5. Pulse Food

Pulse Food

Pulses (dried legumes), including dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas, are high in protein, fibre, and low in fat. They’re also quite cheap, so health enthusiasts tend to reach for them in place of other forms of protein.

6. Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt

With its smooth, creamy texture and countless health benefits, regular yogurt has become a thing of the past. Loaded with calcium and probiotics, Greek yogurt has more than double the protein as its regular counterpart. So start snacking on the stuff or try adding it to your morning breakfast line-up.

7. Chia


High in iron, fibre and omega-3s, chia seeds are practically flavour-free, rendering them somewhat unappetizing on their own. Add to smoothies, on top of yogurt or turn into a chia-based pudding for a nutritious and delicious bite.

8. Coconut Flour

Coconut Flour

Ground from dried coconut meat, this gluten-free alternative is high in fibre and low in carbs. Light, airy coconut flour offers a subtle sweetness when using in baked goods, or in breakfast favourites like pancakes.

9. Coconut Sugar

Coconut Sugar

It’s been said that coconut sugar has lower glycemic index, which means it doesn’t spike your blood glucose and insulin as much as white sugar does. However, nutritionally speaking, there isn’t much of a different between the two — it all comes down to preference.

10. Flax Seed

Flax Seed

Grown right here on Canadian soil, flax seeds are one of the richest sources plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, and are packed with fibre, iron and protein. These nutty-tasting seeds add a little crunch to your breakfast bakes and snack bowls, and should definitely be added to your pantry.








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