The Top Nutrition Trends of 2019

WellnessThe Top Nutrition Trends of 2019
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Although trends can be short lived, below are some of my favourites that have only become more popular throughout the year!

  1. Collagen

In 2019 we’ve seen collagen powders pop up everywhere! We’ve seen bloggers and recipe developers incorporate collagen into all kinds of things, from morning coffees to afternoon muffins. Unfortunately, there isn’t as much definitive research as you may think on the effects of consuming collagen for more youthful skin.

However, collagen is a great way to add some protein to your diet. It’s pretty much flavourless and easily mixes into drinks and baked goods. If you’re looking to add collagen to your diet, try adding it to your morning smoothie, latte, or your next batch of muffins!

  1. Intuitive Eating

This is my personal favourite trend. In 2019 I’ve noticed bloggers and health care practitioners preaching to ditch your diet. This doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel on healthy eating, but rather to focus on healthy foods that you crave, and not restrict calories or the occasional treat you enjoy.

This has allowed for many avid dieters to finally focus on what their bodies need and want, rather than being worried they’re eating too much. In my opinion, this is the key to a healthy diet and lifestyle!

  1. Adaptogens

Adaptogens have been all the rage in 2019. Adaptogens help the body adapt to stress. They can help normalize hormone function, lower cortisol, lower inflammation, and aid in sleep. Adaptogens are commonly seen in the form of certain mushrooms (ex. Cordycepts, chaga) and herbs (ex. Ashwagandha).

Adaptogenic herbs have been made very accessible. You can find lots of great powders, which can easily be added to latte’s and smoothies to reap the benefits, while masking the pungent flavour.

  1. Plant-based milk alternatives

Almond milk has been trendy for some time now, but 2019 has brought an abundance of other plant-based milk substitutes. There are lots of coffee shops that have even started making latte’s using oat milk!

The movement away from almond milk towards other plant-based alternatives has been driven by a few factors. Firstly, there were a lot of popular almond milk brands that contained additives, and once this became widely known people started looking for alternatives. Secondly, the majority of the world’s almonds are grown in California, which some say is waste of their water resources. People are loving the dairy-free milk options, so I think this trend is here to stay!

What were your favourite nutrition trends from 2019?

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