Ever heard of spiralizing? Know the many benefits of bone broth? We asked the big names in health what and how we’ll be eating in 2015…
2014 was a busy year for healthy eating. Kale, vegetable juicing and the 5:2 diet were big news, and sales of healthy cookbooks more than doubled. So, what will be big in 2015? We asked some of the leading names in health and nutrition for their predictions...
Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley
We’ll be… eating more bone broth
''This often-forgotten superfood forms the basis of nearly all of our soups, stews and sauces, and we predict it will be making a comeback this year as an affordable, sustainable and healthy go-to ingredient. Packed with minerals and collagen, bone broth is an amazing food for the skin (including cellulite!) and the healthy fats help to assimilate important fat-soluble vitamins, including Vitamin D.''
We’ll be… spiralizing
''A secret weapon for the health-conscious cook, spiralizing transforms your favourite vegetables into pasta-like strips. Delicious raw and crunchy in a salad or cooked and covered with a hot sauce or marinated in a dressing, this technique is sure to grow in popularity in 2015. A spiralizing machine or julienne peeler is relatively inexpensive and works well with squash, cucumber, carrot, beetroot or celeriac – a great, low carb and calorie alternative to regular pasta or noodles.''
Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley’s bestselling cookbook, The Art of Eating Well was shortlisted for The National Book Awards 2014 (Ebury £25) hemsleyandhemsley.com @hemsleyhemsley
We’ll be… shunning sugar
''I expect to see a continuing shift away from consuming sugar, and not just the refined stuff, but also the naturally occurring sugars you find in fruit juice and smoothies. I predict some types of fats will replace the sugar in our diets, as reputable studies this year have restored the reputation of dairy products like butter and full-fat yogurt. Sweetened with berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries or blueberries) plain yogurt makes a filling, nutrient-rich, low-sugar breakfast.''
Michael Mosley is a producer, medical journalist and qualified doctor.
We’ll be… good to our guts
''I think people are beginning to understand that if your gut isn't working to the best of its ability then it doesn't matter how healthily you are eating, you may still not be absorbing all the goodness from your food. I have seen a rise in my clients taking note of how well their digestion is working and learning how to help it function better, and I think this will continue in 2015. Soothing foods such as gluten-free oats and herbs such as slippery elm powder are all fantastic for our tummies, as is juice-fasting every now and then, giving your digestive system a much needed rest.''
We’ll be… reducing inflammation
''Another dietary issue that causes problems in many areas of life is inflammation. It can occur in our joints, our gut, our sinuses, in fact anywhere. And it can make any existing health issues we have a lot worse. Anti-inflammatory diets are becoming more popular and I think that will (and should) carry on! Inflammatory foods are the usual suspects - alcohol, coffee, wheat, red meat and sugar. Eat more vegetables and fruit, nuts and seeds, fresh fish, lean meat and include herbs in your diet - turmeric is wonderful for reducing inflammation, as is chili for joint pain.''
Rosemary Ferguson is a former model turned naturopathic nutritionist rosemaryferguson.co.uk
We’ll be… embracing change
''In 2014, people seemed to really start taking stock of their health and looking closely at what they were eating, and I think this has paved the way for an even healthier 2015. More and more people are discovering how delicious healthy food is, and with big names like the Hairy Bikers and Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall creating and promoting nutritious dishes, I think this will continue to have a big impact on the rise of healthy eating.
As a result, I think people are more willing to experiment now, and we’ll see restaurants serving healthier options. Expect to see more vegetarian dishes and ingredients like quinoa and kale on menus. Likewise, I think supermarkets will start selling cold pressed juices and healthy snacks, as well as more interesting ready-made salads.
I don’t think the change will just be in restaurants and supermarkets though, I think we’ll see it in people's homes too. More and more people are already cooking with less refined sugar, less gluten and fewer processed ingredients, and I predict this trend will grow and continue into the new year, and beyond.''
Ella Woodward is the creator of www.deliciouslyella.com. Her first cookbook Deliciously Ella will be published on 22nd January by Yellow Kite, £20
How on trend are you? Have you bought a spiralizer or already shunned sugar? Let us know below, and fill us in on any health trends you’ve heard about…