6 Food Trends You Should Be Incorporating in 2024

As time goes, so do the trends. I have seen things come in and out of style throughout my life, including food trends! This year, I hope society as a whole steps away from dieting and restriction and instead focuses on what we can add onto our plates! You may be wondering “What should I eat in 2024?” Well, I am about to give you some advice as a Registered Dietitian on what the food trends in 2024 should be.

Cereal

Okay, hear me out. I know you might see cereal and think “with all the added sugar?!” Yes, I think cereal should be in this year! There are so many great cereal options and with milk as the base it is a great combination of protein, fat and carbohydrates that will help keep you satisfied throughout the day. Most cereals also contain vitamins and minerals that can help you increase your daily micronutrient intake, like these Cheerios!

Tart Cherry Juice

If you’ve been around for a while, you know why Tart Cherry Juice deserves all the hype for recovery. Tart cherry juice, known for its antioxidant properties, may contribute to reducing inflammation and soreness from training, offering potential benefits for busy athletes and active individuals. Tart cherry juice is also a natural source of melatonin, which can help improve sleep. 

Nighttime “mocktails” are popular right now. Many people mix tart cherry juice with some sort of sparkling water to make the beverage fun and help you get to sleep. I think this is a great way to elevate your nighttime routine while also helping your body recover properly.

Avocado

I love avocados because of their healthy fat AND high fiber content. Avocados are also super easy to fit in throughout the day. I love to add them to sandwiches, make myself some guacamole, or just have it on its own on some toast! 

Avocado is high in monounsaturated fat, which has anti-inflammatory properties. The combination of fiber and fat in avocados can help you recover and also keep you satisfied between meals and snacks. One avocado also has 13g of fiber! This is almost half of the daily fiber requirement you need in a day. Avocados have been popular for a long time and I think they are here to stay!

Fish

I know, you have probably heard many people saying how good fish is for you, but do you know why?

Fish, specifically cold-water ones, have high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are essential nutrients that you need to get from your diet to help support many systems in the body. These fatty acids can help reduce inflammation throughout the body. A popular source is salmon, which is one of the cold-water fish high in omega-3s. If you are curious what other fish are high in omega-3s, I remember the acronym SMASH which stands for Salmon, Mackerel, Anchovies, Sardines, and Herring. 

Many people say that fish is expensive, which I agree with when you buy fresh! There are many frozen and canned options that are more affordable.

Chocolate Milk

My athletes love chocolate milk, and you should too! Chocolate milk is a great source of protein and carbohydrates, which is perfect to take on the go when you need to recover after training. There are many different options on the market, and any that aren’t zero sugar will do the trick for recovery! 

You can have it as the base of a smoothie, pair it with a banana or drink it on its own after training to help refuel. A lot of athletes love to drink chocolate milk to help jumpstart refueling right after training if they have some time before they can eat their next full meal.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a great thing to have in your pantry because they last forever and they are great sources of omega-3s, fiber, AND protein. You can add them on top of toast, into smoothies, make pudding out of them, the options are really endless. 

2 tablespoons of chia seeds have 5g protein, 5g omega-3s, and 10g fiber. All of these are so important to have in your daily regimen and you can get some all at once by adding in some to your meals.

Conclusion

You may have noticed that this blog doesn’t talk about what you shouldn’t have in 2024, it focuses on what you should! At RBSN, we like to focus on the increase of foods instead of the decrease of so-called “bad” foods. I hope you are inspired to add some of these to your grocery list and maybe increase your intake of some that you already have! 

If you are looking for more guidance on what you should include or what other sources of easy protein, anti-inflammatory fat, or recipes with these ingredients, check out our RBSN Library. We have great resources that you can purchase that will help you go through this year and crush your goals!

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