These Are the Nutrition Trends Coming Your Way in 2019

Here's how we'll all be staying healthy in the future.

Related To:
855098134

855098134

Photo by: marilyna

marilyna

The biggest nutrition conference of the year was just in Washington DC. Registered Dietitians from all over the world came together to discuss the latest nutrition trends and research. Here’s a recap of some of the hottest topics presented at the 2018 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo.

Fighting Food Waste

According to a recent report 1.3 billion tons of food is tossed each year but you can help cut back on this waste. Plan meals ahead and coordinate with an itemized shopping list. A little pre-planning is a great way to cut back on buying food unnecessarily. Once the food comes home, utilize your refrigerator and freezer to help that food last longer. Finally, always consider donating food extra food in your kitchen to a local food pantry or shelter.

Cannabis

Medical cannabis is everywhere, even the nutrition world. Cannabis use may be beneficial for the management of everything from chronic pain to insomnia to gastrointestinal disorders and more. Since nutrition professionals are often important members of care teams involved in treating these conditions, brushing up on the ins and outs of cannabis might be a good idea to help take care of their patients.

Lutein

This lesser known plant-based compound ( aka “carotenoid”) plays a major role in the health of your eyes and more recent research is also looking at lutein’s relationship to cognitive function and brain health. Get more lutein in your diet from leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale and collards as well as pumpkin, peas, eggs and broccoli.

Plant-Based Snacking

Snacks are getting a healthy upgrade. Throughout the expo hall were better-for-you versions of snack foods made from beans, coconut, nuts, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. These sweet and salty goodies offer ways to curb snack cravings with a hefty dose of nutrients along for the ride!

Potatoes For Performance

The easily digestible and nutrient rich carbs in potatoes can help athletes fuel performance before, during and after workouts. Use potatoes in breakfast burritos, rice bowls and even muffins to help fire up muscles for exercise and aid in recovery post activity.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

*This article was written and/or reviewed by an independent registered dietitian nutritionist.

Related Links:

Next Up

Guacamole: 7 Great Ways

There are many delicious variations on this avocado favorite.

Wrap Sandwiches, 5 Ways

Tortillas can be a tasty and healthy vessel for just about any meal. The 5 recipes here use flour tortillas. For a gluten-free option, use corn tortillas.

The Truth Behind These Super-Common Sports Nutrition Myths

Is pickle juice really a muscle cramp cure-all?

6 Healthy Ways to Up Your Carrot Cake Game — Fall Fest

Whether you prefer your carrots in cake, cupcake or muffin form, follow these six tips for turning your favorite carrot desserts into health-minded fall treats.

Bring on the Cozy Vibes with 6 Healthy Ways to Eat Chili

You’re one dish away from instant comfort.

Ahi Tuna Done Right

If the thought of preparing ahi tuna at home intimidates you, fear no more. Get some sushi-grade tuna and try this easy Seared Ahi Tuna With Ponzu Glaze recipe.

Top Healthy Recipes of 2012

Find out which healthy recipes were the most popular in 2012.

Smart Snacks for National Junk Food Day

It's National Junk Food Day and you should celebrate, but celebrate responsibly and without wrecking your diet.

A Week of My Whole30 Meal Prep Plan

The easiest way to make it through a month of clean eating? Start with a plan.