4 Foods to Incorporate Into Your Diet in 2015
Whether your New Year's resolution is to lose weight or simply eat better, 2015 is a great time to try out some nutritious foods that may not be part of your diet yet.
1. Black beans
Many people already eat black beans with regional cuisine like Brazilian food, but you can add them to your diet in a variety of ways. Black beans are rich in protein, fiber, calcium and antioxidants, making them perfect for a new workout routine and improved gastrointestinal health. For example, a 4-ounce can of low-sodium black beans has more than 7 grams of fiber and 7.62 grams of protein, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
But you don't need to use canned beans, you can soak raw black beans for the same rich flavor. Try them in casseroles, with rice, on salads or in place of a starch in a traditional dinner dish.
2. Sweet potatoes
You may have had your fill of this holiday staple a month or two back, but the truth is sweet potatoes have tons of nutrients and should be enjoyed more than just at Thanksgiving. Despite their sugary taste, sweet potatoes are actually low in calories and high in beneficial vitamins and minerals like beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium. Try these orange veggies in place of traditional potatoes, as a tasty roasted snack or pureed in your performance blender for a rich sweet potato soup.
3. Smoked fish
Food giant ConAgra announced that food with a smoky flavor would grow in popularity during 2015. But rather than turning to a salty meat, like bacon or fatty cheeses with a hint of hickory, try smoked fishes.
Whether locally caught or store bought, smoked fish have a tasty and unique flavor. Try smoked tuna or salmon for a unique flavor that still carries many of the nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids that fish always do.
4. Alternative flours
With many people avoiding excess gluten in their diets, 2015 is a great time to try out flour made from seeds and grains other than wheat. Alternative flours can add different tastes and nutrients to your baked goods. Some of the most popular options are buckwheat, chia, brown rice, soya, potato starch and quinoa flour. This is a different way to eat some of the most beloved superfoods, like chia and quinoa, that packs the same protein and nutritional benefits.