The health food industry is experiencing a boom when it comes to cool new products and foods. The days of tasteless diets and iffy artificial ingredients are gone, and it is now possible to get products made from real, organic food that fit into your lifestyle. Here are five to add to your list:
Macadamia nut milk
Nut milk is one of those trends that isn’t going to go away anytime soon. There’s almond milk and coconut milk, but for those who miss the creaminess that comes from dairy milk, there’s macadamia nut milk. Made from the naturally-fatty nut, mac milk definitely provides creaminess while offering similar benefits to almond milk. The unsweetened vanilla mac milk from Royal Hawaiian has 3.5 grams of fat per serving and 35 calories.
Cauliflower crust pizza
Using ground cauliflower as pizza dough has been a gluten-free and healthy alternative for a long time, but making it homemade is not easy. You have to use a cheesecloth to drain the cauliflower, and it’s easy for the final result to not be appetizing. Now, there’s a freezer-aisle option called Caulipower, which makes three pizza flavors – veggie, margherita, and three-cheese – with thin and crispy cauliflower crust! There’s also just a plain cauliflower crust pizza dough, so you can make totally customized pizzas at home
Maca is a root from Peru that belongs to the same family as the broccoli and radish. Maca is usually consumed as a supplement powder packed with energy-boosting vitamins and minerals. People have turned to it because it’s supposed to help with depression, mood swings, and athletic stamina. The powder is sold in bags, and most commonly used like a protein powder in smoothies and even lattes! The taste has been described as nutty, and even a little bit like butterscotch. Gelatinized maca is best for most people, as the process makes it easier to digest.
Halo Top ice cream
An ice cream that isn’t super high-calorie? Is it possible? If you are Halo Top, then yes. The low-calorie, high-protein ice cream treat got a lot of attention last year as people tried “the Halo Top diet,” which consisted of eating 5 pints of the ice cream per day for a total of 120 grams of protein and 80 grams of carbs. Each pint is only 240-360 calories. While eating only ice cream probably isn’t a good idea even if it’s low-calorie (because you’ll be missing a lot of other vitamins and minerals), it’s a fantastic alternative to other ice creams. As a snack, ½ cup is only 60 calories with 6 grams of protein. There are tons of flavors like Mocha Chip, Lemon Cake, Mint Chip, Black Cherry, and more. Halo Top is a bit pricey, but so is Haagan-Daaz, so it’s a healthier alternative.
Chips are the ultimate snacking food. Salty, crunchy, and not good for you. However, multiple companies are attempting to make good alternatives using healthy ingredients like chickpeas, jicama, and even seaweed. Hippeas organic chickpea puffs are at Starbucks. There are four flavors, 130-calories, and all-organic ingredients. Annie Chun’s makes baked crisps from seaweed, which is extremely healthy and has more calcium than broccoli and comparable protein to legumes. Jicama, which is a root veggie, tastes a bit like an apple and potato. It has tons of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. Jica Chips makes six flavors of chips like Sea Salt, Cinnamon Sugar, and White Cheddar. Each serving has 100 calories.