Summarizing here some food and nutrition trends for the upcoming year:
I would add a few more:
Sustainable diets and reduced food waste in restaurants, hospitals, and grocery stores as well as in the home
Relaxing dietary cholesterol recommendations. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee says that available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol … Cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption. Much expectation is present to see if the 300mg cholesterol threshold is modified.
Full fat dairy. Consumption of whole-milk dairy products is on the rise as part of a whole, natural, and real trend, Some argue that there's no association between dairy fat or high-fat dairy foods and obesity, type 2 diabetes, or cardiometabolic risk, and they may be inversely associated with obesity risk. But, the DASH diet and MyPlate still recommend consuming low-fat or nonfat dairy products.
I just finished this crunchy and sweet homemade gift for Christmas. Perfect for my foodie family members! I have recycled my breakfast jam jar and used a nice ribbon for better look. You can mix and match your favorite nuts and mix-ins. It is hard to find cranberries in Argentina, so I made this Holiday mix thanks to my husband who recently travelled to the U.S. He brought me my favorite snack: dried cranberries. If you don´t have them on hand, you can also use raisins, prunes or other dried fruit. I used rice cereal, but also can be replaced by mini pretzels or potato chips. The recipe is sooooo easy that my 3-y.o. daughter helped me out:
1 large egg white
2 cups walnuts, unshelled and raw
1 cup pistachios, unshelled and raw
1 cup peanuts, unshelled and raw
1 ½ cup rice cereal
6 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups dried cranberries
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and brush a rimmed baking sheet lightly with vegetable oil. Whisk 1 large egg white in a large bowl until frothy. Add the walnuts, pistachios, peanuts and rice cereal. In a small bowl mix the light brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Sprinkle the nut mixture with the sugar blend and toss to coat. Spread the nut mixture evenly on the baking sheet and bake, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes; let cool on the baking sheet. Then, add the dried cranberries and toss to combine. Makes 4 (1lb) jars.
Have you ever wondered how is to spend the Holidays under the heat? with temperatures between 90 and 100º F? Well, that’s the temperatures we are having in South America for Christmas. It’s summer in the south Hemisphere, so Australians, for example, have similar temps, but not the same traditions.
In Argentina, we have a mix of cultures. Food traditions are a combination of native cuisine and immigration influences from Europe. That’s what makes us different from other Latin American cultures. For example, from the Italian migration influence, dishes such as pasta and pizza are part of the everyday cooking. But, since Argentina is a big producer of high-quality beef and has the largest beef consumption rate in the word, the most typical dish is the asado (beef grilled on an open fire pit) from thegaucho heritage.
So, for the Holidays we eat high calorie foods and treats, typical from Italy and Spain, and also native dishes like asado. Seven out of ten Argentineans celebrate at home for Christmas and New Year’s both Eve and Day to eat some of these specialties: parrillada (mixed barbecue that includes sausages and organ meats), pavita (oven roasted turkey), vittel thoné (chilled veal in a tuna sauce) with ensalada rusa (russian salad), lechón (roasted suckling pig), and matambre arrollado(rolled stuffed thin flank). It may vary depending on the part of the country and on the family heritage, but according to a TNS Gallup survey, 64% of Argentineans prefers these cold meats (maybe for the hot temps), followed by asado. Usually these dishes are accompanied with wine (like the Argentinean Malbec!), and by the end of the meal, dried fruits, nuts, pan dulce(pannetone), and turrón are served with champagne or cider (heritage from Spain and Italy). Pan dulce is a Christmas must have, according to 85% of us. Dinner at Christmas Eve must last at least till 12am, to make a toast for Baby Jesus Nativity and also it´s the time when Santa Claus (Papá Noel) drops the presents while fireworks play in the sky.
In these hot days we should eat more lightly, with plenty of fresh summer fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of non-alcoholic beverages. Instead, people tend to have a huge Christmas dinner, unusual for hot summer days. It is something cultural and we as dietitians should encourage moderation, portion control and light options to share in our Holiday table.
How you celebrate in your country? Please share your favorite dishes!
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